Roadside Attractions

Looking for your next social media-worthy photo-op in our 21 counties? Look no further than our Roadside Attractions passport! We have constructed a map of a handful of things you can seek out while you're in our neck of the woods! 


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Albion Pagoda

The pagoda in Albion is located on main street and was built in 1914....more!

Burl Ives Memorial Statue

Memorial statue dedicated to the late musician Burl Ives, located in Newton, IL....more!

Carlyle Lake

The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well known to sailers, it is one of the b...more!

Centralia Carillon

The Centralia Carillon ranks among the top 10 largest in the world, standing at 160 feet with 65 bells cast in Annecy, France in 1982 and 1983. The be...more!

Charley Brown Memorial Park

Swimming pool, campground, ball fields, home of Little Toot Railroad...more!

Cumberland Covered Bridge

The Historic National Road follows Old Hwy. 40 across the state. As it goes through Greenup, the road crosses the Embarras River. In 2000, the one-lan...more!

Excel Bottling & Brewing Co.

Book a tour of Excel Bottling & Brewing Co. on your upcoming ILLINOISouth adventure in Breese, IL! Excel produces Southern Illinois' beloved s...more!

Heath Museum and Confectionary

This museum is located on the West Side of the Square in Robinson. Enjoy ice cream and sodas from an old-fashioned soda fountain while listening to yo...more!

Kaskaskia Bell Shrine and the Liberty Bell of the West

The bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War by Col. George Rogers Clark and his "Long Knives."...more!

Kaskaskia Dragon

The side of the highway seems like the least likely place to spot a fire-breathing dragon... but not in Vandalia! You can even make this 35-foot-tall ...more!

Kid's Kingdom

A re-creation of Historic McLeansboro where children can climb, swing, slide and play. The park also offers a pavilion, bathroom facilities, and a woo...more!

Kinmundy Log Cabin Village

Visit the Kinmundy Log Cabin Village to see 19th century pioneer-era log structures and artifacts of a time long past. The Kinmundy Log Cabin Villiage...more!

Lincoln Trail State Memorial

This memorial commemorates the crossing of the Lincoln family from Indiana to Illinois in early March of 1830....more!

Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park

43 ft. Mississippi River overlook platform, picnic area, paved walkways, view of the Gateway Geyser.  ...more!

Perry County Jail Museum

Built in 1871, the Jail Museum was the city's third jail. The Sheriff and his family lived upstairs, and women prisoners were kept in locked rooms...more!

Popeye & Friends Character Trail

Popeye stands tall in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park by the Visitors Center in Chester. Search through town for his friends on murals and statues: W...more!

Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo

Want to give your kids or group a personal tour of an exotic petting zoo? Looking for a beautiful farm wedding venue or outdoor event that can hold up...more!

September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois

An actual 35.25 ft. long steel column, weighing 7,100 lbs. from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers is a signature feature of the memorial. A ...more!

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

Speed thrills at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway! This flexible venue features regular races on the 0.25 mile drag strip, 1.25 oval track, ro...more!

World's Largest Gavel

Visit the World's Largest Gavel at its home in Marshall, IL! Carved from red oak, this massive gavel guards the Marshall Courthouse doors. Be sure...more!

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