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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…

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…

Where to Find the Best Barn Quilts in Calhoun County

The Calhoun County Barn Quilt Project began in 2008 as a community-based effort to promote and preserve the agricultural and rural heritage of Calhoun County. The county’s unique geography lends itself to agritourism, and the project is geared to stimulate the economy without sacrificing the…

What's New at Raging Rivers This Summer

Cool off in the sparkling waters of Raging Rivers Water Park this summer and enjoy fun in the sun, and outdoor time with the kids and family. And raising the level of enjoyment, are new safety and health conscious measures designed to create a safe environment for all. Due to the COVID-19 crisis…

Saddle Up at Pere Marquette Riding Stables

Kent Jackson knows the hills and valleys, streams and trails at Pere Marquette State Park better than most. You could say the park is in his blood. He also knows horses. Jackson, the owner of Pere Marquette Riding Stables, has combined those skills to give visitors a chance to see the park from a…

Come Explore Pere Marquette State Park

Put on those hiking shoes and plan to spend a day enjoying the wildlife and scenic views that can only be experienced at Pere Marquette State Park, a sprawling natural area nestled on the banks of the Illinois River! (Please note camping, both tent and RV, is not allowed at this time due to planned…