Welcome to Carbondale
Welcome to Carbondale, a vibrant destination filled with arts, entertainment and excitement shared throughout an engaged, diverse community with museums, theaters, galleries and live music venues.
Nestled in the southern Illinois region, Carbondale is just hours from the major Midwest cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville and Memphis, and is easily accessible by airports, railways and interstate highways.
Enjoy longstanding iconic restaurants, culinary trailblazers, an extensive wine trail experience featuring a variety of award-winning wines, craft breweries and unique boutiques, local retailers and big box stores available for a wide range of shopping options.
Explore nature where the intersection of a national forest, sprawling wildlife refuge and beautiful state parks offer an array of lakes, forests and bluffs for exploration and outdoor activities.
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Where can you find an atmosphere where culture and nature are perfectly in sync? Where else can you find kayaking, biking, hiking, historical museums, shopping, microbreweries, wineries, music, and local eateries? Home of Southern Illinois University and the gateway to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, the wild beauty of the rolling hills of Illinois awaits you. This Midwestern town allows you to escape the fast pace of big city life, offering you that remote unparalleled feeling that is only achievable in the southern tip of Illinois.