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The 7+ Best Wineries in Southern Illinois on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Who knew that the picturesque landscape of Southern Illinois is home to a fantastic wine trail? I sure didn’t until I stopped along my travels to explore the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. As I explored this beautiful area, I stopped at several wineries for a look around and a few quick sips of delightful Illinois wines. Let me tell you what I found, and I bet you’ll be as excited to check it out as I was!

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11 Fun Facts about the Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, IL

This iconic landmark stands tall in the Shawnee National Forest, reaching 111 feet above sea level and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Located off Bald Knob Rd., this spot is not only a symbol of peace but also a beloved destination for both locals and visitors alike. Here are nine fun facts that make this cross a special place to visit: