For a great family vacation or a romantic getaway, you need look no further than beautiful Southern Illinois. The outdoor beauty of Southern Illinois is on display every season of the year. From the first buds of wildflowers in the spring, the green of summer, the wondrous colors of fall leaves to the mild winters, anytime is the right time to visit Southern Illinois.

Rich in history, Southern Illinois is home to Kaskaskia, the only Illinois town located west of the Mississippi River. Garden of the Gods Forest rock formations in Shawnee National Forest is a popular attraction with outdoor beauty, hiking trails, and natural waterfalls. Native American history also abounds in Southern Illinois. You can walk in the footsteps of the doomed Cherokee people during their relocation to reservations in The Trail of Tears State Forest.

Looking out over the Ohio River in Metropolis you will find Fort Massac State Park. The first state park of Illinois is a step back in time during encampment weekends. Scenic roads in Southern Illinois will take you through forests, meander along the river, and pass through quiet unique towns rich in history. You can follow the trail of Lewis and Clark as they passed through Southern Illinois on their expedition to the Pacific coast.

Southern Illinois is an outdoor paradise. With rolling hills and thick canopy´s of trees you will find camping, boating and hiking at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Marion with over 44,000 acres and home to the largest man-made lake in Southern Illinois. Trophy bass, musky, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and record-breaking sunfish are plentiful in the waters of Southern Illinois. The hiking trails at Cache River State Natural Area in Belknap are lined with bald cypress trees that are more than 1,000 years old.

Sports enthusiasts will be at home at the Kokopelli Golf Club, which is rated number three in Golf Week Magazine. Complete with pro shop and clubhouse restaurant Kokopelli offers affordable packages that are bound to score a hole in one with any golf enthusiast. If baseball is your game, make sure to check out the Southern Illinois Miners minor league baseball team in Marion. The newly constructed ballpark is a popular destination for action filled family fun.

Southern Illinois is the destination for a romantic weekend with that someone special. The Southern Illinois wine country includes over one dozen wineries, and the many quiet country bed and breakfasts will awaken your senses and lift your spirits as you relax and leave your worries behind. On the other hand, if getting back to family is what you want, Cave In Rock State Park and Lodge is a perfect destination for family reunions. With deluxe accommodations overlooking the scenic Ohio River, it also offers a restaurant with a traditional southern-style menu and homemade specialties.

Nightlife and entertainment is on stage year round at Harrah´s Metropolis Casino. Live entertainment at the Riverfront Event Center brings professional boxing as well as music from favorites such as Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker and more. Deluxe accommodations at the new Harrah´s Metropolis offer all the amenities of a Las Vegas vacation in Southern Illinois.

Southern Illinois is a great vacation spot whether you want to get back to nature and enjoy the quiet beauty, walk in the footprints of history, or treat yourself to an action packed weekend, you will return time after time to Southern Illinois.