Half the fun of traveling is doing something new and having a record of it with a photo. ILLINOISouth offers tons of opportunities for making those memories. Here are some of the best photo-op spots across ILLINOISouth!
Search for murals and 21 statues on the Popeye Character Trail in Chester. A new statue is unveiled each year at the Popeye Picnic over Labor Day Weekend. Our friend Ed posed with the Bluto statue in this photo.
The picnic celebrated its 41st year in 2020, along with Popeye's 91st anniversary! Stop in at Spinach Can Collectibles in the Opera House by Wimpy to pick up your Popeye-themed gifts and souvenirs.
Bring family and friends with an eye towards working together to solve the puzzle of each locked room at Escape 618 in Belleville.
Tyler Renner put this photo and note on Facebook after his visit: "Someone is getting married and proved how strong their support group of friends really are. They beat Detention with 0:03 seconds left!!! Awesome Job Everyone!!!"
Walk or bike across the Mississippi River on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison for a great photo like this one from Joel Guiatre from Nantes, France!
Adventurers Steve and Gaynor Pemby from Bunbury, West Australia posted, "This bridge is awesome! I can't recall any other bridge anywhere that is almost a Mile long with a 22-degree angle bend thrown in... It became part of Route 66 when the original Route 66 took a bypass around the Northern and Western parts of Saint Louis... Well worth a look for those Route 66 enthusiasts."
Granite City has a handful of photo-worthy stops throughout town. When you visit their Art & Design District, there's a giant clown head that's perfect for a selfie. Nearby, the giant swing will comfortably fit 9 people for a group shot. Finally, for Route 66 enthusiasts, pose by the huge tire that sits outside of O'Brien Tire & Service Center.
Bottle feed kids, lambs and calves on a real working farm at Rainbow Ranch in Nashville. Get close to the goats, chicks, rabbits, camels and even kangaroos and a zebra!
After a recent visit, Terah Huckleberry wrote, "My family came to the ranch yesterday for our first time. We had such a great time! Thank you so much for sharing your animals with us. We can't wait to come back for the pumpkin patch this October. I am telling everyone about it and what an incredible and memorable time it is."
Take a seat on the bench next to the young Abraham Lincoln with Vandalia Statehouse in the background at Lincoln Park in Vandalia.
A visitor to the site told us, "I took my daughter to see the Statehouse, and we walked across the street so she could sit next to Lincoln. Nothing would do but we had to have a picture."
Marcoot Jersey Creamery in Greenville is a wonderful way to see all aspects of dairy farming, from raising the Jersey calves to producing milk, ice cream, butter and cheese.
Lisa Plume Spanberger of Granite City took her family and said, "A cute place to visit especially with kids. We got to taste test some cheeses and see inside where they make the cheese. In addition, you can walk to their barn area (very short walk) to see the baby cows. Also, they have the adult cows out back, which were close to the building when we were there. Just a fun stop to make. They also sell the best ice cream there, and you can sit out on the porch and enjoy!"
Brittany J. "[Took] a Girl Scout trip to #marcootjerseycreamery. They had a blast making mozzarella cheese, seeing how the cows got milked, and spending time with the calves. Also, this place literally has the BEEEEEST #icecream in #illinois!"
Little Toot Railroad in Flora draws train enthusiasts of all ages to Charley Brown Park.
Starla Bravard Briesearcher took her two grandchildren and posted this review: "We had a great time today experiencing the Little Toot Railroad located in the beautiful Charley Brown Park. My grandchildren, ages 7 and 2, enjoyed the train ride. I would highly recommend a day trip to Flora and a visit to the Little Toot Railroad."
The small town of Casey holds 12 Guiness Book World Records for Largest Things. In addition to those, there are many more BIG Things scattered around. Visitors from all over are intrigued, like Jeff Lemay from Quebec City, Canada.
"We passed through Casey about 2 weeks ago... On our way to Kansas City... coming from Quebec City, Canada... Casey was a sure stop!! We loved it."
Franny Muntean from Minerva, Ohio said she "Was traveling home to Ohio from Oklahoma and just happened to notice a sign that said, 'World's Largest Windchime,' so I pulled off the Interstate and was so surprised. I love this little town and all the folks were so nice!!"
Whether your idea of camping is a cabin, a tent, an RV or a tiny house, there's a spot waiting for you just eight miles from I-64 near the IL/IN border at Rest Up Camping & RV Corral in Grayville. There's lots to do, like the Lil Pokes Playground, horseshoe pit, shooting gallery and miniature golf course. Chow down at the Westwood Saloon, then get a treat at Bob's Ice Cream Parlor.