Visitors Guide
Roadside Attractions

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

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

Big Things in a Small Town

Casey, IL
Casey, Illinois is home to 12 certified Guinness World Record World's Largest attractions! Plus many other big ...more!

Burl Ives Memorial Statue

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

Carlyle Lake

Carlyle, Illinois
The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well k...more!

Centralia Carillon

Centralia, Illinois
The Centralia Carillon ranks among the top 10 largest in the world, standing at 160 feet with 65 bells cast in Anne...more!

Charley Brown Memorial Park

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

Cumberland Covered Bridge

Toledo, IL
The Historic National Road follows Old Hwy. 40 across the state. As it goes through Greenup, the road crosses the E...more!

Excel Bottling & Brewing Co.

Breese, Illinois
Book a tour of Excel Bottling & Brewing Co. on your upcoming Downstate Illinois adventure in Breese, IL! Excel ...more!

Heath Museum and Confectionary

Robinson, Illinois
This museum is located on the West Side of the Square in Robinson. Enjoy ice cream and sodas from an old-fashioned ...more!

Kaskaskia Bell Shrine and the Liberty Bell of the West

Kaskaskia Island, Illinois
The bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War by Col. George Rogers Cl...more!

Kaskaskia Dragon

Vandalia, IL
The side of the highway seems like the least likely place to spot a fire-breathing dragon... but not in Vandalia! Y...more!

Kid's Kingdom

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

Kinmundy Log Cabin Village

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

Lincoln Trail State Memorial

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

Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park

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

Perry County Jail Museum

Pinckneyville, Illinois
Built in 1871, the Jail Museum was the city's third jail. The Sheriff and his family lived upstairs, and women ...more!

Popeye & Friends Character Trail

Chester, IL
Popeye stands tall in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park by the Visitors Center in Chester. Search through town for h...more!

Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo

Nashville, Illinois
Want to give your kids or group a personal tour of an exotic petting zoo? Looking for a beautiful farm wedding venu...more!

September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois

Belleville, Illinois
An actual 35.25 ft. long steel column, weighing 7,100 lbs. from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers is a si...more!

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

Madison, Illinois
Speed thrills at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway! This flexible venue features regular races on the 0.25 m...more!

World's Largest Gavel

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

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Road Trip Itineraries

Road Trip Itineraries

21 Counties made for Road Trips
Downstate Illinois was made for road trips! With the help of our road trip itineraries, you can discover all that our 21 counties have to offer — from family fun to outdoor adventures and shopping sprees. 
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Line Dancing Lessons

Line Dancing Lessons

April 24, 2024 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Iron Saddle Ranch | Salem, IL

"A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On" by Sue Barker

April 25, 2024 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
History Museum of Monroe County | Waterloo, IL
Mothers vs. Sons Night of Fun

Mothers vs. Sons Night of Fun

April 26, 2024 @ 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Arena Gym at The Campus | Belleville, IL

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