The 23 counties that make up ILLINOISouth and stretch from the Mississippi River to the Wabash River are packed with both urban and rural areas worth exploring on a quick getaway. The best part about the landscape is the variety of outdoor opportunities of which you can take advantage, depending on your interests. Whether you’re a road-trip junkie, thrill-seeking nature enthusiast or history buff, you’ll find a weekend itinerary to suit your travel style here. Check out our three perfect weekend getaways to ILLINOISouth.
Spring mornings are prettiest on the Mississippi River–where barges and riverboats move along the rippling waves.
Cape Girardeau offers a variety of ways to enjoy spring–from great hiking trails to railroads. So grab your hiking shoes and hop all aboard for a fabulous spring adventure!
Located just minutes from St. Louis you’ll find two well-known driving routes that offer one-of-a-kind attractions, scenic beauty and more! Your great American Road Trip includes Route 66 with all its quirky and quaint nostalgia and the Great River Road, one of the most scenic routes in the State of Illinois!
A thriving community made with uncommon character for over 175 years. You can easily spend a couple of days exploring St. Joseph. Today, St. Jo is home to 13 museums, 15 festivals, a thriving arts and music culture, and unique park system. This summer, check out our many summer music festivals, like Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival and Trails West!®
Enjoy well deserved time with friends and family, a visit to Historic Corydon and Harrison County, Indiana is a perfect overnight getaway. Explore Indiana’s underground, zip through the treetops, visit wineries, spend the day gaming or get a lesson in history. After a full day of adventure retire in one of our fine hotels or discover the cozy charm of a bed and breakfast or a scenic hideaway.
Located just 40 miles west of Chicago, the Aurora Area is where travelers can find excellent options for rest and recreation at a great value. The Aurora Area is home to a diverse array of unique attractions just off the Lincoln Highway and other major routes in and out of Chicago.Things to see & do range from award-winning theater and historic points of interest to the largest outdoor outlet shopping destination in the Midwest. Whether you’re headed our way or just passing through, our picks for a road trip will guide you to the best the area has to offer.
Burlington, Iowa is located on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi River and along the Great River Road. Opportunities to experience unique shopping, dining, and attractions are all housed in the well-preserved historic charm. You won’t want to miss the chance to drive down Snake Alley, The Crookedest Street in the World!
Coast for a while in Wisconsin’s Maritime Capital and you will discover a rich maritime past. This shipbuilding hub has turned out a variety of ships, from haul schooners to WWII Submarines to pleasure crafts and Yachts. Be sure to visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and take a walk to the Manitowoc Breakwater Light. You can follow Mariners Trail to Two Rivers, a vibrant fishing and shipping hub. Charter a fishing boat or scuba dive numerous ship wrecks, all along pristine soft sand beaches.
Wisconsin Harbor Towns Association (WHTA) is proud to represent our 18 member communities. Dotted along 1,100 magnificent miles of scenic coastline, from sophisticated cities to quaint fishing villages, Wisconsin’s harbor towns feature a unique smorgasbord of outdoor recreation, museums, shopping, arts, dining and relaxing scenery. The WHTA, a non-profit organization of these communities, was formed in the summer of 2000. We invite you to enjoy yourself on and along the waters we call home.
Enjoy the Outdoors & Route 66 Fun in Lebanon, Missouri. We have more to do than one day can hold. You may need a week! If you love the outdoors and some Route 66 history as well as unique shopping, racing and great home cooked food; you have found your getaway to fun!