Southern Illinois

Down State, Down Home, Downright Fun

Visit Southern Illinois and you’ll find a myriad of opportunities for outdoor recreation, special events, attractions, entertainment and more! Down State, Down Home, Downright Fun – Southern Illinois.

Explore Williamson County and you’ll find something for everyone. Amateur and professional fishing (with annual tournaments and many popular lakes), bird, fowl, deer, small game and geese hunting (known as the ‘Goose Capital’ of the world), make Williamson County a vibrant destination for all things outdoor. Four golf courses, various lakes and marinas, the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and the Shawnee National Forest add to the sporting and wildlife experiences that you’ll enjoy.

Historical centers, based around the evolution from mid 1800s coal mining company towns, offer visitors a glimpse into the area’s culture and history. Or follow the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail to sample the award-winning wines and scenic landscapes of the regions thriving wine industry. Unique and national brand dining, shopping and lodging options also offer a special brand of hospitality that is warm and friendly. Enjoy the best that Southern Illinois offers. Explore, discover and unwind in Williamson County!

Mt. Vernon, Illinois is your fun, festive and creative destination! From the renowned Cedarhurst Center for the arts, a 90 acre cultural mecca with galleries, outdoor contemporary sculpture collection and more, local artisans, wine, art and balloon festivals and so much more, a creative vibe runs through Mt. Vernon.

Go back in time to pioneer days at the Jefferson County Historical Village, a recreated village of authentic log cabins, or honor those that have served at the Hall of Honor and Military Museum. And for those days that just call for being in the sun, check out the Aquatic Zoo water park, Mt. Vernon’s newest attraction or visit Rend Lake offering fishing, hunting, camping, boating and year round fun.

With over 1200 hotel rooms and 60 restaurants, Mt. Vernon has everything you need for a day’s fun or longer vacation. We welcome you to Mt. Vernon – where creativity is constantly being redefined.

Offering scenic views, outdoor adventure, culture and year round events, Carbondale gives you so many experiences to enjoy; you’ll never need to leave the city!

Historic theatres, local and national artists and a unique assortment of shopping options make Carbondale a thriving art and culture scene. As the gateway to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, with wineries, vineyards, microbreweries and distilleries across the area, you can truly get a sip of what is distinctly Illinois

Located on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest, with Giant City State Park, Little Grand Canyon, Piney Creek Ravine, Pomona Natural Bridge, Garden of the Gods, and Trail of Tears State Park nearby, you’ll find canoeing, biking, hiking, camping and adventure . Golf, 18 public tennis courts, a sports multi-complex, nature trails and a spray park mean that there is something for everyone. So gather your family to visit and explore the reasons why we say Only Carbondale!

The great outdoors to high-octane racing, a trip back in time or a trip on Route 66, sports events to unique bridges, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in the 22 county region of ILLINOISouth. Paved trails and country roads beckon cyclists, or add an engine and ramp up the speed at Gateway Motorsports Park which hosts NASCAR, NHRA and other races. Smaller tracks, minor league baseball, golf courses, nature trails, as well as boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports at Carlyle Lake and the many other lakes provide recreational opportunities for any fanatic.

Galleries, theaters, art fairs and museums showcasing everything from classic cars to Civil War and WWI memorabilia, Indian artifacts and pioneer settlements can be found in nearly every city and village. Live performances featuring music, drama and more and special events enable visitors to engage in the culture of ILLINOISouth.

With something for any budget or group, ILLINOISouth’s quaint bed and breakfasts, camping, full service hotels, retreats and lodges provide a place to rest your eyes when you’ve enjoyed the areas many attractions. And extensive dining options cater to every taste bud at the many delis, family-style, pub and fine dining establishments throughout the region. We have a little bit of everything. So SMILE, you’re in ILLINOISouth.

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800-868-9283 ~ 315-536-3111
2375 NY-14A
Penn Yan, NY 14527, USA
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The Finger Lakes Countrysides in Upstate New York is a Multitude of Fun for All When you say Finger Lakes, what comes to mind? Would it be wine, lakes, outdoor activities, or more? If you answered and more, that’s exactly what you’ll find in the New York Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York. The Region encompasses 11 naturally made lakes, 14 counties and countless area attractions. While there are larger metropolitan areas to visit near the Finger Lakes, you…
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276-386-6521
336 Water St
Gate City, VA 24251, USA
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Explore Scott County VA Located in the Southwestern tip of Virginia, Scott County offers a variety of hiking options—from mountain creek trails to sweeping high-country scenic vistas. The county’s most popular hike, The Devil’s Bathtub is located within the Jefferson National Forest and offers wanderers the option of two hikes—a seven-mile round trip along Devil’s Fork Loop or the shorter, two-mile trek to the Bathtub. While shorter, the 13 creek crossings to access the Tub can provide a challenge to…
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877-642-3224
1023 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927, USA
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Brindley Beach Vacations Offering Outer Banks NC Vacation Home Rentals Bring the whole family and vacation on some of the most pristine beaches on the Outer Banks! With over 550 NC vacation homes to choose from spanning from Nags Head to Corolla’s 4×4 area, Brindley Beach Vacations is sure to find that perfect vacation home for your family getaway in North Carolina! We have homes in all price ranges to fit any budget, from a cozy 1-bedroom condo to an…
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252-261-1290 ~ 1-877-STAY-HGI
5353 N Virginia Dare Trail
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949, USA
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Explore Many Things to Do in Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk Whether you’re vacationing with family or traveling on business, you can expect an exceptional experience at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk – located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina. The suites with a full-sized sleeper sofa and extended living area are ideal for guests who want more space. Relax in comfortable beds or unwind in front of the 37-inch flat-screen TV. Admire views of the beautiful…
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Area: Kitty Hawk, NC
800-523-2587
1 E Main St
Freehold, NJ 07728, USA
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Monmouth County, New Jersey – A Timeless Jersey Shore Destination Monmouth County is known for its family atmosphere, food and entertainment, exciting nightlife, beaches, beautiful parks, shopping and antiquing, as well as many other great attractions. Whatever one’s interest may be, there is sure to be something that will bring couples, families and friends back time and time again. For arts and culture enthusiasts, we invite visitors to check out our intriguing art galleries or enjoy live theater performances on…
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800-526-1500
126 S Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
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Adventure Starts Here – Carbondale, Illinois Gateway to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Shawnee National Forest, the wild beauty of the rolling hills of Carbondale, Illinois awaits you. This Midwestern town allows you to escape the fast pace of big city life, offering you that remote unparalleled feeling that is only achievable in southern Illinois. Carbondale presents many opportunities to explore beautiful scenic views with an endless amount of outdoor adventure and fun for the entire family. At Carbondale…
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419-994-2519
544 N Union St
Loudonville, OH 44842, USA
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Discover Mohican Country, Ohio! The Mohican Visitors Bureau wants the opportunity to welcome you to beautiful Mohican Country, Ohio! Send for our 2020 Adventure Guide and you will discover why the Mohican area is an amazing four-season adventure destination for your family and friends. Mohican State Park and Forest are home to our many recreational trails, including the only IMBA EPIC mountain biking trail in Ohio. Whether hiking, biking, snowmobiling or by horseback, the Mohican trails are full of scenic…
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Area: Mohican-Loudonville, OH
931-796-4084
106 N Court St
Hohenwald, TN 38462, USA
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800-552-6257
4607 N Croatan Hwy
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949, USA
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The Outer Banks is waiting for you with Vacation Rentals from Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is a vacation rental company in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. For over 50 years, since 1968, we have assisted families just like yours in planning vacations. We offer a wide selection of single-family homes ranging from 1 bedroom to 12, luxurious to basic, at weekly prices that work for any budget. No more staying in the cramped-up hotel…
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Area: Eastern Coast, NC
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814-333-1258 ~ 800-332-2338
16709 Conneaut Lake Rd
Meadville, PA 16335, USA
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Crawford County PA Is Loaded with Events and Attractions! Because of the COVID 19 Pandemic please go to www.visitcrawford.org to view the most up-to-date events that will be happening and businesses who are open. Our accommodations are open and welcoming and restaurants with take-out, delivery and in-dooring. We recommend staying safe and obeying the Countie’s rules for safety. Contact the event or business to make sure it is still opening. Even when there is a chill in the air, you…
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740-596-5033 ~ 800-596-4459
104 W Main St
McArthur, OH 45651, USA
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Vinton County Southeastern OH Area Offers Natural Beauty and Charm The Vinton County OH Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to explore our country roads, scenic lakes and expansive forests. A part of the Hocking Hills region, our county is home to the second largest state forest in Ohio, in addition to multiple state parks and wildlife areas. You’ll encounter abandoned historical sites and relics dating back to the early 1800s, hidden away among the wooded hills of Ohio’s least…
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585-658-4080 ~ 800-456-4000
130 N Main St
Mt Morris, NY 14510, USA
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Mount Morris NY Hotel Offers First Class Amenities With its charming décor and comfortable amenities, Country Inn and Suites Mount Morris, NY provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. 60 spacious and tastefully decorated guest rooms include Whirlpool suites, one-bedroom king suites and standard deluxe queen double. We are large enough to provide first class amenities, but small enough to retain the country charm that is the hallmark of our brand. When it’s time…
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570-748-5782
212 N Jay St
Lock Haven, PA 17745, USA
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Clinton County PA – Specializing in Wide Open (Fun, Safe) Spaces! In Clinton County, PA, COVID has changed the way we do business, but not what we have to offer. And what we have to offer is thousands of acres of state park, forest and game lands and the West Branch Susquehanna River – lots of wide open, fun, safe spaces for you to come and enjoy the outdoors in all four seasons. Less than a half-day drive from most…
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800-622-6886
405 Roland Ave
Surf City, NC 28445, USA
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Island Real Estate Has Wonderful NC Vacation Rentals Sun, Sand and Surf, Topsail Island does these things better than any beach anywhere. Located just minutes away from Wilmington NC, but a lifetime away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Island Real Estate has wonderful vacation rentals on Topsail Island. Topsail is home to 3 smaller beach towns, 2 bridges and 1 traffic light. Topsail Beach, Surf City and North Topsail Beach all have many private beach cottages available…
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814-765-5734
208 Plaza Drive Clearfield
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Visit, Try and Enjoy the Lumberjack Tasting Trail in Clearfield County, PA Pick up a passport and start your Lumberjack Tasting Trail adventure. It’s “free” to participate! Visit all 15 of the participating Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries and enjoy their free tastings or purchase their Lumberjack Special. Get your passport stamped at each location and then bring it to our office to receive a free Lumberjack Tasting Trail t-shirt or hat. The Lumberjack Tasting Trail in Clearfield County, PA was…
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740-385-9466
20507 OH-664
Logan, OH 43138, USA
If you forgot It, Grandma Faye’s in Hocking Hills OH, Probably has It! Grandma Faye’s in Hocking Hills – a full service convenience store – carries groceries, Hocking Hill’s souvenirs, gifts and more. The store has most of the camping supplies you might need for your trip into Hocking Hills including firewood at the area’s lowest prices, bait and a propane exchange. Lottery, ATM and a money station are also available. Grandma Faye’s serves the locals as well as the…
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800-824-6462
22991 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561, USA
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Sugar Sands Realty & Management Features Orange Beach and Gulf Shores AL Vacation Rentals Alabama Gulf Coast is where you want to be! Close to everything, yet miles away. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores AL vacation rentals provide a magnificent, sparkling white sandy beach where mild temperatures greet visitors year-round. Listen to the sound of the surf, unwind and release the tension, or experience our vast sporting and recreational activities, fresh seafood and great shopping that the Gulf Coast area…
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800-411-5511 ~ 800-230-2428
2509 Gulf of Mexico Dr
Longboat Key, FL 34228, USA
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Longboat Key FL Beach Clubs Have Warm Hospitality, Wonderful Views and a Casual Atmosphere   Warm hospitality, fun-filled activities and a casual island atmosphere await your arrival at the Veranda Beach Club on Longboat Key. Relax on your veranda, looking out over the crystalline sands of an eleven-mile beach, while the shimmering Gulf of Mexico lures you to the water’s edge. Drink in the beauty of your surroundings directly on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Veranda Beach Club…
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800-455-3131
3 Neptune Rd a11a
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, USA
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Elevate Your Spirit in Dutchess County, NY Just 90 minutes north of Manhattan, Dutchess County, NY – in the heart of the Hudson Valley – is the perfect place to take in a view and tons of fresh, crisp air from spectacular vantage points. Panoramic views are calling your name atop the fire towers at Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck, Breakneck Ridge in Beacon, and Thompson Pond Preserve in Pine Plains – each connected to hiking trails of varying difficulty. The Walkway Over…
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865-933-3131
161 W Dumplin Valley Rd
Kodak, TN 37764, USA
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Comfort Suites Kodak Sevierville TN Hotel near Dollywood and Great Smoky Mountains National Park Catering to both vacationing tourists and business travelers, Comfort Suites Sevierville, TN is conveniently located off Interstate 40 near the Dollywood theme park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ripley’s Aquarium, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Smokies Stadium and Dollywood’s Splash Country. You’ll find plenty of other local sites and attractions to explore near our all-suites hotel including Tanger Outlets at Sevierville, Sevierville Convention Center, Sevier County Fairgrounds and WonderWorks…
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828-524-0892 ~ 877-686-5263
8356 Sylva Rd
Franklin, NC 28734, USA
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