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Give the Gift of Travel For the Holidays

Have a tricky person to buy for on your holiday gift list? Think outside the box this year and give the gift of travel. Be creative with gift certificates and create an escape to southwest Illinois that includes dining experiences and a packaged overnight stay. The Great Rivers & Routes region, just…

Give the Gift of Great Rivers & Routes Experiences

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays throughout the year with the gift of Great Rivers & Routes experiences. From water parks to opera, baseball to trampoline parks, live theater to live music -- there are plenty of outside the box gift experiences available for that hard-to-buy-for person on your…

Explore Great Rivers & Routes from A to Z

Oh the fun you can have and the places you will go -- when you explore the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois! Looking for fun? Adventure? Relaxation? The Great Rivers & Routes region (which includes six counties just outside St. Louis) has you covered. And just to make it a bit…

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…

Legendary Ariston Cafe Is At Home on Route 66

When Will Law became co-owner of the Ariston Café in Litchfield 18 months ago, he thought he was just buying a restaurant. Turns out he was part owner of a legend. “A restaurant is a restaurant is a restaurant,” Law says with a chuckle. “We thought we would come in and run a restaurant. We thought…

Standing Tall -- Meet Collinsville's World Famous Catsup Bottle

A 170-foot water tower shaped and painted like a catsup bottle is now a legendary Collinsville roadside attraction. “The Catsup Bottle is really an iconic piece of roadside architecture,” Mike Gassman, President/CEO and ‘Big Tomato’ of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Inc. says. “There’s a lot of…

A Legendary Theatre: Meet the Wildey

Enjoy a video of the Wildey Theatre's legendary story! If the walls of the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville could talk, oh the stories they could tell. Tales of vaudeville star Al Jolson playing craps for money in the basement of the theatre – minus his trousers – which hung neatly nearby. Douglas…

Walking Tour: Small-Town Charm in Downtown Edwardsville, IL

Take a stroll through Edwardsville's historic Main Street district. Get your sunshine (and steps!) while you check out historic architecture, grab a coffee or some local Breakfast Rice, hunt for the perfect running shoes and more. • A good starting off point in Edwardsville is the 1820 Colonel…

Get Your Dish on Route 66

Hit the top spots to eat along the country's most iconic roadway — Route 66. From classic greasy spoons to unexpected fine dining, here’s where to dine along the Mother Road in southwest Illinois. Route 66 has been an enduring icon of cross-country travel for decades thanks to the quirky and…