Cave-In-Rock State Park (Illinois).

Located in Southern Illinois, right on the mighty Ohio River, and just outside the tiny village of the same name, lives Cave-in-Rock State Park. It's a free state park, open daily from 8am to 9pm. In fact, ✨it's Illinois' first state park✨. Officially established in 1929, it's been recognized as a Southern Illinoisan tourist landmark …

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Garden of the Gods (Illinois).

While the better-known Garden of the Gods is located in Colorado, this one is Southern Illinois' main claim to fame. By far the most popular hiking spot in the area, I firmly believe that the Illinois Garden of the Gods is worthy of its name. Beautiful and unique, it's a favorite go-to spot of out-of-towners …

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The Hidden Treasures of Southern Illinois.

Garden of the Gods; views for miles. When those from other states think of Illinois, they usually think of Chicago or flat, rural farmland. While both are technically correct, there is a section of Illinois that is unlike the rest of the state: southern Illinois. The northern section is mainly suburbs due to Chicago; the …

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