Experience Southwest Illinois

Make the most of your time at the Enjoy Illinois 300

Welcome to Southwest Illinois, home to The Enjoy Illinois 300!

Remember, the race isn’t the only thrill in town. This is your opportunity to explore the
incredible range of adventures in this picturesque area of Illinois.

Read on to get a taste of things to do nearby as you race through town. There’s plenty of
great reasons to extend your stay beyond the Enjoy Illinois 300 weekend—or plan a return
trip to properly experience all that this diverse region has to offer.

To get started, explore Madison by foot or bike on the Madison County Transit Trails and
get in nine holes on the beautiful Madison Golf Course.

Explore Collinsville

If you have a few hours between race activities, there’s no shortage of must-visit sites in this vibrant region. Nearby Collinsville is home to the iconic World’s Largest Catsup Bottle as well as the Cahokia Mounds UNESCO World Heritage Site (an ancient Native American city).

Explore Fairview Heights & Belleville

Explore Belleville’s historic downtown, bustling with charming shops and delectable eateries or stroll through the picturesque Bellevue Park. In neighboring Fairview Heights, indulge in retail therapy at St. Clair Square, the region’s premier shopping destination. For more things to do, check out the link below.

Explore Alton

Discover the charming city of Alton, nestled alongside the scenic Mississippi River. NASCAR fans can enjoy a variety of fun activities in this historic town. Explore the Great River Road for breathtaking views, indulge in local dining at quaint cafes and restaurants, or delve into history at the Alton Museum of History and Art.

Route 66 in Illinois

On this iconic 300-mile stretch of “The Mother Road,” you’ll encounter charming towns, vintage diners, quirky roadside photo-ops, museums and a wealth of history waiting to be explored. Route 66 in Illinois runs from Chicago to Collinsville, ending at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, only 25 minutes from the raceway. Visit nearby Route 66 attractions during the race weekend and extend your trip or plan another visit to explore the rest of Route 66 in Illinois.

Road Trip Itineraries

If you’ve got more time to explore the area before or after the race, check out road trip itineraries in the area. If you won’t have time during this visit, plan your return to discover more of what Illinois has to offer!

Places to Eat & Drink

There’s a great range of Illinois Made distilleries and breweries close to the racetrack. Check out:

If you’re looking for a delicious way to start the day, head to LongStory Coffee in Belleville or Kruta Bakery in Collinsville.

Have a great race weekend and extend your trip to explore more of Illinois! For travel inspiration head to EnjoyIllinois.com