While touring the Midwestern United States, be sure to stop in the city of Marion, Illinois. It is abundant with natural splendor, and you can take in national parks, forests and lakes. Book one of our Marion, IL hotels for a vacation the whole family will love.
Once settled with Choice Hotels, visit these attractions:
Begin your visit at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. This 44,000-acre area has enough room for visitors to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. You may even have the opportunity to see nesting bald eagles that call the Refuge their home.
Approximately 20 minutes southwest of the Refuge, you will find Giant City State Park. The cliffs here show evidence of Native American inhabitants dating back to the 7th century. At the park, you can enjoy rock climbing and horseback riding, as well as hunting and fishing.
Continue your exploration at the Shawnee National Forest. Popular areas to visit are the Little Grand Canyon and One Horse Gap Lake. The entire family can immerse themselves in the natural wonders of this forest, learning much about the history of the region while enjoying the open air.
While in the Forest, you can also visit Southeastern Illinois's own Garden of the Gods. Marvel at the scenic overlooks and rock formations of this 320-million-year-old vista. Traverse more than five miles of trails, making certain that you visit Mushroom Rock and Anvil Rock along your way.
Golfers can play The Links at Kokopelli, one of the top-rated golf clubs in Illinois. Developed by one of the top golf course architects in the world, The Links offer a magnificent playing experience. After playing, relax at Koko's Sports Bar or dine at the Restaurant at Kokopelli.
Toward the evening, take the entire family out to the ball game and watch the Southern Illinois Miners play at Rent One Park. The stadium features plenty of seating, concession stands, picnic gardens and a McDonald's Fun Zone.
After a full day and night, be sure to rest up with Choice Hotels. You will want a chance to rejuvenate before your next day's adventure.
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