12 days in Southernmost Illinois Itinerary

12 days in Southernmost Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southernmost Illinois route planner

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Metropolis
— 4 nights
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Carbondale
— 7 nights
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Metropolis

— 4 nights
Metropolis is a city located along the Ohio River in Massac County, Illinois, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Metropolis side-trips: Rim Rock Recreation Trail (in Golconda), White Crane Canoe Rentals & Guide Service (in Ullin) and Cave-in-Rock State Park (in Cave in Rock). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Superman Statue, explore the activities along Cache River State Natural Area, stop by The Chocolate Factory, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Massac State Park.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Metropolis driving holiday planning app.

Chicago to Metropolis is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. July in Metropolis sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carbondale.

Things to do in Metropolis

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carbondale

— 7 nights
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt." The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Boo Rochman Memorial Park and The Science Center Of Southern Illinois. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carbondale: Bald Knob Cross of Peace (in Alto Pass), Ferne Clyffe State Park (in Goreville) and Harrisburg (Harrisburg Township Park District & Garden of the Gods). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, stroll around Fort Defiance Park, admire the natural beauty at Mandala Gardens, and admire the majestic nature at Lake Murphysboro State Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carbondale day trip planner.

You can drive from Metropolis to Carbondale in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Carbondale are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carbondale

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips