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Outdoor Dining Delights in Southwest Illinois

Outdoor dining has come to life in the last few months in the Great Rivers & Routes region. Many restaurants throughout the area are offering outdoor seating for guests who want to drink in the fresh air and enjoy a sandwich, steak, or their favorite pasta. From great views of the Mississippi and…

Road Trip Ready Attractions: A Guide To What's Open

The open roads in southwest Illinois are calling ... and the good news is many roadside attractions are now open! As of June 26, Illinois entered Phase 4 of its COVID-19 recovery plan -- opening the doors of many iconic sites that had been closed due to the health crisis. Here is your guide to…

The Ultimate Adventurer's Guide to Rivers & Routes

Scenic hikes? Check. Boating? Check. Zipping through tree tops? Check check. With these activities and more, there are endless ways to embrace outdoor adventure in southwest Illinois when the weather is just right. The Great Rivers & Routes region is packed with gorgeous nature to explore — and…

Raise a Glass to Local Craft Brewers in Southwest Illinois

Take a drink ... just one drink and you will understand why locally brewed craft beers are all the rage in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois. Who knew that creating great craft beer would become an art form? Or that it would inspire local, regional or even national economic…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Local Breweries & Distilleries

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…

Great Girlfriend Getaways

Hey Ladies! Who runs the world? Girls! Make every day National Girlfriends Day and have the ladies show up and show out in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois. Indulge in a weekend getaway to really show the girls how much you love them. No matter what kind of girlfriend adventure…

Celebrating Diversity in Great Rivers & Routes

From soul food to comfort food and everything in between, the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois celebrates the Black-owned businesses in the region. And the diversity doesn’t stop there. Black history comes to life in the area with monuments to abolitionists, Underground Railroad…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Best Instagram Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Top Ice Cream Stops

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…