Winter is a great time to enjoy the slower, quieter side of Shawnee Forest Country. The cooler temperatures mean no bugs and the trees are bare, allowing you to see much further into the forests. Bluffs hidden behind the summer foliage, emerge dramatically into sight. Hiking is available...

The beginning of January brings about the official start of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Winter Passport Program.  Enjoy the excitement of visiting your favorite wineries, savoring their wines and SAVING BIG with great discounts on wine, merchandise, food and more. Winter is a great time...

When French Voyageurs first came upon the umber waters of the Cache more than 200 years ago, they named the river with the French word for “hidden” – and, indeed, the Cache River is still a hidden treasure today. One could easily spend a lifetime exploring...

Makanda Inn & Cottages Southern Illinois Premier Eco-friendly retreat is proud to announce the addition of two Tesla Destination Chargers and a Universal Charger for other brand Electric Cars. Our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint continues with this great new amenity. Our guests who...

On Sept. 1, 2017, the Shawnee National Forest will temporarily close LaRue Road #345 (also known as the Snake Road) between mile post 3.0 and mile post 5.8. This section of the road will remain closed until Oct. 30, 2017. The road is closed seasonally...

Southern Illinois distillery gains attention in national craft competition CARBONDALE, Ill. – A blend of unique Southern Illinois ingredients has helped Grand River Spirits earn two medals in the American Distilling Institute’s 2015 Annual Craft Spirits Competition in Louisville, Ky., last week.  From among nearly 500 entries, Grand...

On Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 10:00am, Harrisburg, IL. Southeastern Illinois College Gymnasium the U.S. Mint and the Shawnee National Forest will launch the 31st America the Beautiful coin - the Illinois quarter featuring Camel Rock formation at the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area. ...

It’s the first total solar eclipse over the United States’ mainland since 1979 and the eclipse will reach its point of greatest duration — about two minutes and 40 seconds — near Giant City State Park and Makanda, IL. For people who want to be right...

  SI Treasure Tours provides quality historical and cultural tours, along with engaging events, showcasing Southern Illinois destinations. We focus on groundbreaking tours featuring famous characters, histories and stories such as the Herrin Massacre, the Shelton’s Special Wayne County Tour, and the Two Wars of the...

From world-renown cultural institutions to on-the-farm dining adventures and everything in between, Illinois offers no shortage of amazing travel experiences. This summer, for the first time, the Illinois Office of Tourism and The Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau are bringing those experiences directly to travelers through...

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