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3 Must-See Places In Champaign Before Heading Back to Your Hometown


Graduation is here and so much sits on the horizon. But before you head back to your hometown, here are a few hidden gems in (and around) Champaign, IL, you’ll definitely want to check out post-graduation. 

What Day Trips Can I Take Around Chambana?

When you live at HERE Champaign, you’re perfectly placed in the center of it all, just blocks from the University of Illinois. Whether you’ve been living under a rock, totally crushing it at school with your head, or maybe you just haven’t gotten out to see and do much in town – now is your chance to experience it all as a U of I graduate! Bonus points if you have a car to get around town. But if not, no sweat! An Uber, Lyft, or phoning a friend with a car will get you where you need to go when sightseeing around Chambana. Keep reading to see what there is to do around town.

Sightsee Around the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium

At this point, you’ve probably seen a game (or many) at Memorial Stadium. But have you actually walked around the stadium and done some sightseeing? The statues, landscaping and trees, and the overall vibe around Grange Grove, State Farm Center, and Memorial Stadium will give you that awesome college nostalgic feel. 

See Busey Woods at Sunset

Spread across 59 acres, Busey Woods and the surrounded natural area brings you an incredible place to get in touch with nature. After a busy school year, exploring around in the Great Outdoors is the perfect reset before heading into the next chapter of life. And better yet, be sure to check out this pretty place at sunset. The colors, sights, and sounds make for an awesome time out in nature. Bring along your favorite people and some yummy food for a picnic at dusk.

Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Observatory

Sitting about 20 minutes south of downtown is the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Observatory. A quick drive out here at night with some of your friends is an epic way to kick off a post-grad summer. From planets and stars to craters on the moon, checking out this observatory is an absolute must!

Congratulations to the U of I Class of 2022! Before you set off into the next chapter of life, have some fun exploring around town. Looking for other fun things to do in Champaign, IL? Check out our other blog posts to find more places for sightseeing in Champaign-Urbana.


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