Illinois' Metro East region is making history as the host of the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway on June 5.
The Enjoy Illinois 300 gives both locals and visitors a great reason to come explore the diverse attractions and charming towns of Southwest Illinois as we welcome NASCAR fans to our great state. Read on to get a taste of things to do in the area as you race through town, then plan a future trip to properly experience all this diverse region has to offer.
If you have a few hours between race activities, there’s no shortage of must-visit sites in this vibrant region. Nearby Collinsville is home to the iconic World’s Largest Catsup Bottle as well as the historic Cahokia Mounds (an ancient Native American city). If you pay these landmarks a visit, make sure to swing by Collinsville’s 35th International Horseradish Festival, a two-day celebration with food and live entertainment happening June 3 and 4.
You can also explore the area on foot or by bike via the Madison County Transit Trails, get in nine holes on the beautiful Madison Golf Course, or discover a variety of things to do in nearby Alton. This guide to exploring Illinois’ scenic byways offers even more ideas if you’re willing to venture a bit further out.
These local businesses offer one-of-a-kind products that can only be found in this region's unique communities — and authentic experiences you won't soon forget.