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The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), is a premier location for outdoor sports. Known to sailors, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, sand beaches, and camping areas. Hotels, cabins and golf courses make the area a true outdoor lover's playground.
Henry's Ra66it Ranch
This quirky must-see Route 66 attraction, information center and souvenir gift shop is home to rabbits of all kinds, bunny and VW, as well as Mother Road memorabilia.
Bob's Civil War Fort
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Germantown is a Civil War Fort. There is a jail, civil war cannons, a stage coach, a livery, log cabins, and much more.
Pink Elephant Antique Mall
The Pink Elephant Antique Mall has many hidden gems. Open daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.
St. Jacob Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival Showcases their strawberry desserts with food and drink, crafts for sale, children activities and a 1,000 person fun bike ride over multiple routes.
CITY: St. Jacob
Hidden Lake Winery
Walk the trails around the five-acre lake, or sit and enjoy the waterfall and views of the Silent Forest as you sip a glass of wine.
J-H Bison Ranch
Tours of this family-run bison ranch include baby bison feeding, herd tours, and photos with baby bison, llamas and horses.
Louis Latzer Homestead
Louis Latzer, the founder of the Pet Milk Company, built this homestead for his wife and family in 1901. The home had many modern features of the day, including running water pumped by hand to a holding tank in the attic, a manufactured gas light system, speaking tubes between many of the rooms and one of the first telephones in the community.
Big Bang at Hidden Lake Winery
Dueling piano's. Meal prepared by Winery Chef.
Little Brick House
Listed on the National Register, it has six restored rooms with china, furniture, engravings, and books that belonged to the settlers when Lincoln attended the legislature.
Historic National Road Scenic Byway
The National Road is called the "road that built the nation" because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley to East St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
Approximately 25 weekend sites and 200 permanent sites on the east side of Litchfield's Lake Lou Yaeger. Site offers trail hikes, lake frontage, 30 amp RV service, city water and convenience store.
Weezy’s Route 66 Bar and Grill
The restaurant is known for charbroiled burgers, homemade pies and hearty breakfasts, particularly biscuits and gravy made with fresh sausage from locally produced hogs. The decor follows a diner theme with a black-and-white checkered floor and red vinyl seat cushions on chrome booths, tables and chairs. Walls are lined with vintage signs, photos of old vehicles and other Route 66 memorabilia and even has an outdoor patio.
Located across from the Statehouse in Vandalia, the park features a life-size, bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln. This is a favorite spot for photos with the 16th president.
Shoal Creek Nature Preserve
This 260-acre site offers nature trails for visitors to explore wetlands, prairie openings, and sandstone bluffs and ledges. The preserve is home to more than 700 plants and 70 bird species, including bald eagles during the winter months.
Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center
Designed to reflect the Route 66 era, the museum houses exhibits which focus on the roles the railroads, Route 66, businesses, agriculture, and the military have played in Litchfield's history.
Carlyle Dam East Spillway Campground
Swimming, fishing, boating.
The Ariston Cafe was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in Carlinville, Illinois in 1924. The original cafe was located on Route 4, the predecessor of Historic Route 66. In 1929, the Cafe was relocated to Litchfield, Illinois and moved into its present location on Route 66 in 1935. Since 1966, Pete’s son Nick and wife, Deme, continue to offer the traditional service expected of a family-owned and operated restaurant. The cafe is believed to be one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66 and has been inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame and is placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The Cabins & Cottages at Shale Lake
There are four different cabins in various sizes to choose from and each one comes with a beautiful view of the lake. All the cabins have a screened in porch, a/c, full kitchen, 3/4 baths and an open floor plan.
Vandalia State House
Step inside the Illinois’ oldest surviving State Capitol building. Vandalia was the fourth statehouse in Illinois, and is best known for the era when Abraham Lincoln served in the Illinois House of Representatives. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of this restored landmark.
Soulsby’s Service Station in Mount Olive
The Soulsby Service Station is a historic service station in Mount Olive, Illinois. The station is located along historic U.S. Route 66 and is the oldest usable service station on the highway in Illinois. It serves as an example of the house and canopy gas station design.
CITY: Mount Olive
A Buck or More
A Buck or More offers flowers, gift baskets, parcels, party favors, supplies, and services.
Livingston Muffler Man
The Livingston-Staunton Muffler Man, in his spiffy orange "Harley-Davidson" shirt, is located outside the Pink Elephant antique mall. He's clearly visible from I-55 now, but looks so tiny in the middle of a field with nothing for reference. You can see him and many other "Muffler Men" along the historic route.
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery offers a relaxing dining atmosphere. They serve lunch and dinner, with breakfast on Sundays. With a twist on the normal steak and eggs, the Lodge serves prime rib or smoked brisket and eggs along with pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and omelet’s. Lunch offerings include salads, smoked sandwiches, hamburgers as well as many appetizers. Dinner includes, but not limited to rib eye steaks, surf-n-turf, succulent pulled pork, seafood, and awesome baby back ribs. The Lodge offers inside and outside dining options. A variety of dinner specials are available throughout the week. A breakfast and brunch buffet is available on Sundays. Each visit to Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery is a new experience for you to enjoy.
The Thrift Shop
Opened in 1990 to help raise money for the local hospital and nursing home, The Thrift Shop is filled with bargains, hard-to-find items, and new and used merchandise.
Civil War Monument at the Veterans' Memorial
This monument honors generations of soliders who sacrificed their lives for their country.
Heartland Rivers Wine Trail
Taste your way along this trail made up of unique wineries located in small towns throughout Southwest Illinois. Must-stops include Piasa Winery in Grafton, featuring live music on its riverside deck.
Knotty Pine Motel
10 rooms, credit cards accepted, cable television available, small meeting rooms, pets accepted, restaurant within walking distances, and lounge/bar on premises.
Ten Talents Gallery and Gifts
Ten Talents Gallery features handmade, individual, and unique items by Illinois artists. We offer such items as jewelry, watercolors, ceramics, wood carvings, and much more.
Surrounded by stately oaks, Forsee Vineyards offers estate handcrafted wine in a serene country atmosphere. Sit on the patio and listen to music or take your favorite glass and stroll the six acres of vineyards.
Sky View Drive In - Litchfield
The Sky View Drive-In Theatre in Litchfield opened in the Spring of 1950 and has been in operation each season since then. We are a seasonal operation and run from the first or second weekend in April until the end of September. Open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
Coles Creek Recreation Area
148 sites, electricity, shower, reservations
Bur Oaks Camp Ground
All year overnight camping facility
Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
As a major stopping point for migrating ducks and geese, this 9,486-acre area offers excellent public waterfowl hunting opportunities.
Open April 1 - November 11, with 19 sites available for rent. Outdoor recreation surrounds!
American Farm Heritage Museum
Farm implements, tools, tractors, and other equipment are featured that date back 100 years. The museum is open for special events including the Outhouse Festival in the fall.
Fayette County Museum
Located behind the Statehouse in a century-old church, this museum is full of Lincoln-era memorabilia, including his letter cabinet and an axe carved with his initials.
General Dean Suspension Bridge
Located just outside the city of Carlyle, this historic 130-year-old bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the area. The original bridge served as a crossing over the Kaskaskia River.
Vandalia Lake Camping
Vandalia Lake provides high quality camping facilities for overnight camping. The campground includes sites with electric outlets, modern shower with flush toilets, and a dump station for recreational vehicles. Campgrounds are open from Memorial weekend through last weekend in September.
Boulder Recreation Area
Swimming and fishing, boating, tent camping
Civil War Fort
Visit an exact replica of a Civil War Fort complete with a jail, one-room home, livery, and log cabins.
Wagon Wheel Antiques
Wagon Wheel Antiques is located uptown on the square and is a large mall with a great, helpful staff. A large selection of everything for everyone.
Clinton County Historical Museum
This building was the former home of Judge Sidney Breese, who came to Illinois from New York. He studied law here and became Assistant Secretary of the State of Illinois.
Rustic Acres Campgrounds
155 sites available April 1 - October 31, recreation building, swimming pool, lake fishing, boat rentals, tent camping, handicap access.
CITY: New Douglas
Kim's Little Shanty Antiques
Kim's has a wide variety of unique antiques.
The original wooden cross was erected in 1850 by a farmer in thanksgiving for his family being spared during a cholera epidemic. Subsequent owners of the property have repaired and replaced it.
National Road Interpretive Center
The National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia, Illinois tells the story of the surveyors, laborers and travelers of the National Road, sometimes called the Cumberland Road or National Pike. The Interpretive Center is a museum with hands-on activities for children including a Conestoga wagon that the youngsters can load for its journey. Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Illinois National Road towns is also spotlighted. One of the largest artifacts is an original National Road timber dating to the 1830s. Visitors will develop a better understanding of the importance of this road to Illinois and American history as well as an appreciation for the people that were involved in its construction.
This fresh water shrimp (prawn) farm offers agricultural tours and harvest festivals in the fall. Prawn, catfish and hushpuppies are available for purchase.
Indian Grove Campground
Overnight tent camping, overnight pull through spots and permanent camper sites. Call ahead -- space limited for overnight trailer sites.
Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
22 species of fish are found in this lake, including bass, white crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, yellow bass, bluegill, and carp. This 1,100-acre lake is surrounded by native oak and hickory forests. Picnicking, hiking, and limited hunting and trapping.
3 room bed and breakfast, credit cards accepted, breakfast, deposit required, cancellation policy, private bathrooms.
Historic Wabash Train Depot
This historic train depot features a preserved facade and a renovated interior that houses specialty shops.
Log Cabin Museum
In the park next to Hamel School, this building was built between 1820 and 1852 and moved to Hamel in 1980. Artifacts from the period are displayed inside.
West Access Marina
A year-round facility for large and small boats located at the southwest end of Carlyle Lake. Suited for a complete variety of water sports.
Coal Miners Monument
Joseph Koch, who along with eight other local miners died in a mine explosion in 1947, is depicted here.
Pocahontas Antique Mall
Located just 1 mile from the center of Pocahontas, Illinois, Pocahontas Antique Mall has a large variety of antiques and treasures.
9th Street Cafe
9th Street Cafe offers delicious home cooking with large portions your family will love. While you wait for your fantastic food - which won't be long - you can read all about the history of Highland, Illinois.
Clinton County Showcase
The Showcase performs at the historic Avon Theatre. Call for a schedule of plays.
Timber Lakes Golf Course
Timber Lakes features an 18-hole, par 72 course.
Bock Sculpture Museum
The museum, located in the original college building on the campus of historic Greenville College, features hundreds of sculptural pieces by Richard Bock, best known for his work with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Hard Road Theatre Productions
Hard Road Theatre Productions is a non-profit community theater organization committed to providing the Highland area with high-quality, affordable, live theater productions.
The Palace Theatre
The 60-seat facility is complete with a restored 1928 Barton 12-rank theatre pipe organ. It was originally built to perform popular music and to accompany the silent movies of the 1920s. Group tours available.
The Winery at Shale Lake
Rent a 4-wheel Surrey bicycle and take a bottle of wine down to the lake. They make six varieties of wine on site. You'll love the picturesque setting: the wine garden; deer running across the field; wild turkeys making their way into the woods and lots of rabbits. Make it a real fun weekend by renting one of the log cabins or a real getaway by camping at the campgrounds.
Eldon Hazlet State Park
The largest campground in the Illinois State Park system. The park covers 3,000 acres on the west shore of Carlyle Lake. Every year more than 3/4 million visitors come here to hunt, fish, picnic, camp, boat, water ski, and hike.
The marina offers modern concrete docks, an air-conditioned lounge, private showers, dry dock, and winter storage.
Ramsey Lake State Park
A one-mile walking trail winds through the park, and a 13-mile horse trail is located at the north end alongside a campground for horses.
Bond County One Room School Museum
This museum is a living monument to the more than 72 one-story schools throughout the nation that served to educate children and host community gatherings.
The monument is a tribute to Swiss poet Heinrich Bosshard, who wrote Semparcherlied here in the 1850s.
Bur Oaks Camp Ground
Open all year, swimming and fishing, handicap access.
Located north of Greenville in Sorento, this covered bridge holds festivals every year that draw thousands of visitors.
Carlyle Dam West Campground
Swimming, fishing, boating, tent camping
Try one of Wally's famous burgers or one of the many other great choices on the menu.
One Room Schoolhouse Museum
Bring your children and show them a glimpse into education before the 20th century. Located on the Jr. High grounds, this schoolhouse was restored by the Bond County Retired Teachers Association.
Originally built as a private residence in the 1870s, the house now holds an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia, World War I bond posters, Native American artifacts, domestic arts, and items from local manufacturers.
O'Brians Top of the Town
Piano bar and entertainment lounge. Dinner and cocktails, wine dinners, tastings and live music.
Home of the first Litchfield Chautauqua, with speakers such as William Jennings Bryan and Carrie Nation in 1905. Beautiful lake, playground and picnic areas.
Vandalia, Illinois is where Abraham Lincoln began his historical political career and his life and achievements are commemorated on the marker.
The Music Theatre Company
The Music Theatre Company explores the musical in the interest of expanding the canon of musical theatre through fully-staged productions, commissions of new works and musical experiments.
Herring's has a wide variety of unique antiques.
Historic Montgomery County Courthouse
This historic courthouse was built circa 1858.
Colonial Golf Course
This public 18-hole, par 70 course is open year round, with rental clubs and carts, plus a snack bar.
Village Square Antiques
Village Square Antiques is located in a 1880s, two story building and offers a large variety of furniture. At Village Spuare Antiques there is truly something for everyone.
Bent Oak Golf Course
This par 9 course is located in Breese.
Knotty Pine Inn & Motel
The Knotty Pine Inn has a large variety of dishes such as pizza, sandwiches, and much more. Also, a fully-stocked bar. In addition, there is a cozy motel.
Heart Two Heart Jewelry & Collectibles
Heart Two Heart has a wonderful variety of fine jewelry and collectibles.
Veterans Educational Museum
Items on display are from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm along with flags from 45 countries.
2nd Street Music
2nd Street Music has a wonderful selection of music and collectibles.
From My House To Yours
Historic home with five rooms plus a garden area crafts, used furniture, candles, nick knacks, flavored coffees, old plows, wheel barrel and more. "Five rooms to browse".
CITY: Mount Olive
Staunton Country Club
This well-established, hilly nine-hole, semi-private course has many mature oaks, small greens and one water hole. The club also offers a swimming pool, tennis court and snack bar.
Carlyle Lake Sailing Association
CSA has docking for 380 boats, 3 electric jib cranes, 1,300 ft. of dock and 2 launching ramps. Special events feature annual regattas.
Vandalia Artworks Gallery
The gallery uses exhibit space in the Fayette County Museum. Special exhibits are scheduled through the year.
Bond County Courthouse
Surrounded by shops and restaurants on the square, the 19th-century courthouse offers a great view of the town's hundreds of flower and fruit trees in season.
The marquee dates back to the 1920s, but the audio-visual equipment is state-of-the-art. Three screens show first run movies on the ground floor, with a coffee shop and bistro upstairs.
Carnegie Public Library
This historic 1904 building houses one of the most complete genealogy departments in the area.
South Shore State Park
33 sites, fishing, boating, tent camping.
Barrel Room Grill & Steakhouse
This restaurant is part of the Hidden Lake Winery. Enjoy beautiful views while enjoying your meal.