Home to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale’s busy historic district bustles with shops and restaurants, while you’re tempted with nearby parks, year-round golf and the popular Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
Home to a small artist colony, shops and local art fill the town’s one-block boardwalk. After you’ve made the rounds, hit the trails for hiking at Giant City State Park. Golfers will find solace in a scenic course that skirts the Shawnee National Forest.
After a day of hiking Little Grand Canyon, you’ll be greeted by a winery known for fruit vintages, nestled into the woods. Follow the wine trail to nearby Alto Pass and Cobden to taste more local terroir.