The southernmost region of Illinois is an eclipsed gem that trails to adventure. Hike, golf, sip award-winning wine and dine in quaint hospitable towns.
On April 8, 2024, the only eclipse will be the Total Solar Eclipse in our clear blue skies (weather permitting). Embrace the outdoors with fun in the sun during this summer astronomical wonder.
There are over 15 counties in Illinois within the path of totality. Carbondale and surrounding cities in Jackson County will be near the point of “Greatest Duration” lasting 4 minutes and 8 seconds.
Looking for excitement? Located in the Shawnee Hills of Illinois you will discover authentic wineries and vineyards in the beautiful countryside of the Midwest. There are over 12 unique friendly wineries to appease your palate.
Southern Illinois is not only nationally recognized for its winemaking but now the business of brewing specialty craft beers have emerged. There are 6 breweries in our region for you to experiment with something different.
Dining can be anything you imagine, from local fine dining to the drive-thru chains. Southern Illinois will surprise you with a vast variety of cuisines to choose from.
Golfers have several golf courses to choose from within the region. Most of the courses host golf scrambles and professional golf tournaments each year.
Perhaps you’re seeking for the thrill of an adrenaline rush; Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour has you covered. Within 3-hours you will experience 8 zip lines in Illinois’ first entirely tree-based, eco-friendly zip line canopy tour, located on 83 wooded acres surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest.
Southern Illinois is also home to a wide variety of musicians and artists.
So make plans to head to Southern Illinois, where the southern charm is one to be remembered. We just have one question, are you up for amazing?