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Alto-Pass is a small village located in southwest Illinois, along Highway 127 on what is known as the Alto Pass Scenic Circle. This beautiful tourist area is filled with orchards and vineyards, award-winning wineries and outdoor activities. The town of Alto Pass is home to the oldest winery in southern Illinois. Other attractions include an old-fashioned general store, along with antique stores, a fudge factory offering 30 varieties of the candy and Bald Knob Cross, a 111-foot-tall illuminated cross. The Alto Pass Scenic Circle is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest and is near the Pomona Natural Bridge, LaRue Pine Hills, Giant City State Park and the Cache River Wetlands, home to 1,000 year old cypress trees. Recreational activities include fishing and swimming in Cedar Lake, boating, hiking, biking, golf, birding and horseback riding. Alto Pass is about 15 miles southwest of the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. From St. Louis, take I-64 east to Illinois 127, Exit 50. Go south on 127 through Nashville, Pinckneyville and Murphysboro to the Scenic Circle. From Paducah, Kentucky, take I-24 north to Illinois 146 (at Vienna.) Go west on 146 through Anna/Jonesboro to Illinois 127, and turn right (north) and follow the Alto Pass Scenic Circle.

Surrounding areas: Makanda, Illinois (5.5 mi), Carbondale, Illinois (11.9 mi), Lake of Egypt, Illinois (20.1 mi), Marion, Illinois (23.5 mi)

Alto Pass Vacation Rentals

Alto Pass Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Giant City State Park Lodge And CabinsMakanda, IL6.8 mi.(618) 457-4836
Ramada Inn801 N Giant City RdCarbondale, IL8.0 mi.(618) 351-6611
Anna Plaza Motel150 E Vienna StAnna, IL8.6 mi.(618) 833-5215
Lincoln Motel601 E Broad StJonesboro, IL8.7 mi.(618) 833-2181
Comfort Inn Carbondale141 E MainCarbondale, IL12.2 mi.(618) 519-4244
Holiday Inn Carbondale800 E Main StCarbondale, IL12.5 mi.(618) 529-1100
Super 8 Motel Carbondale1180 E Main StCarbondale, IL12.9 mi.(618) 457-8822
Heritage Motel1209 W Main StCarbondale, IL13.0 mi.(618) 457-4142
Comfort Inn1415 E Main StCarbondale, IL13.2 mi.(618) 549-4244
Best Inns Of America Carbondale1345 E MainCarbondale, IL13.3 mi.(618) 529-4801
Riverside Inn MotelRt 5Murphysboro, IL13.3 mi.(618) 687-2244
Hampton Inn2175 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL16.0 mi.(618) 549-6900
Holiday Inn2300 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL16.0 mi.(618) 549-2600
Drury Inn & Suites-Jackson225 Drury LnJackson, MO20.3 mi.(573) 243-9200
Hampton Inn-cape Girardeau103 Cape W PkwyCape Girardeau, MO21.4 mi.(573) 651-3000
Americas Best Value Inn128 Cheekwood LnUllin, IL21.7 mi.(618) 845-3700
Super 8 Cape Girardeau2011 N KingshighwayCape Girardeau, MO21.7 mi.(573) 339-0808
Comfort Inn2600 W MainMarion, IL22.4 mi.(618) 993-6221
Comfort Suites Marion2608 W MainMarion, IL22.4 mi.(618) 997-9133
Holiday Inn Express400 Comfort DrMarion, IL22.4 mi.(618) 998-1220
Americas Best Inns2700 W DeyoungMarion, IL22.5 mi.(618) 997-9421
Drury Inn Marion2706 W DeyoungMarion, IL22.5 mi.(618) 997-9600
Hampton Inn2710 W Deyoung StMarion, IL22.5 mi.(618) 998-9900
Super 8 Motel Marion2601 W Deyoung StMarion, IL22.5 mi.(618) 993-5577
Motel 61008 Halfway RdMarion, IL22.6 mi.(618) 993-2631
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott1400 Halfway RdMarion, IL22.7 mi.(618) 993-3011
Days Inn517 Hwy 61 EJackson, MO23.1 mi.(573) 243-3577
Drury Lodge104 S VantageCape Girardeau, MO23.3 mi.(573) 334-7151
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3253 William StCape Girardeau, MO23.3 mi.(573) 334-4491
Holiday Inn West Park3257 William StCape Girardeau, MO23.3 mi.(573) 334-4491
Pear Tree Inn Cape Girardeau3248 William StCape Girardeau, MO23.3 mi.(573) 334-3000
Victorian Inn3265 William StCape Girardeau, MO23.3 mi.(573) 651-4486
Days Inn Marion1802 Bittle PLMarion, IL23.4 mi.(618) 997-1351
Drury Suites-cape3303 CampsterCape Girardeau, MO23.5 mi.(573) 339-9500
Best Western Airport InnRt 8Marion, IL23.8 mi.(618) 993-3222
Econo Lodge1806 Bittle PlceMarion, IL23.8 mi.(618) 993-1644
Limited Inn709 E VineVienna, IL24.6 mi.(618) 658-6300
Budget Inn Motel ViennaRt 146 & I-24Vienna, IL25.5 mi.(618) 658-2802
Royal Inn1010 S Jefferson StDuquoin, IL29.8 mi.(618) 542-4335
Fountain Motel112 S Main StPinckneyville, IL29.8 mi.(618) 357-2128

Alto Pass Weather & Climate

The southern tip of Illinois has a humid, continental climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The weather varies widely, but the climate is generally one of hot, humid summers and cold winters. The area can receive heavy snowfall and experiences blizzards periodically, although winters in the southern region are more moderate than the northern parts of the state. Average precipitation for southern Illinois exceeds 44 inches per year. Snowfall in this region is usually less than 14 inches. Illinois averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity per year, which is somewhat above the national average. The state is also vulnerable to tornadoes, with an average of 35 occurring annually.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 42°F 22°F 3.59 in. -
February 49°F 26°F 3.42 in. -
March 59°F 35°F 4.73 in. -
April 69°F 44°F 4.70 in. -
May 78°F 53°F 5.22 in. -
June 86°F 61°F 4.23 in. -
July 89°F 65°F 3.26 in. -
August 88°F 63°F 3.58 in. -
September 81°F 56°F 3.13 in. -
October 71°F 44°F 3.38 in. -
November 57°F 35°F 4.76 in. -
December 46°F 26°F 4.30 in. -

Alto Pass Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Southern Illinois airport (MDH) located about 14 miles north of Alto Pass in Carbondale - Murphysboro, Illinois, the Williamson County Regional airport (MWA) located approximately 20 miles northeast of Alto Pass in Marion, Illinois, the Cape Girardeau Regional airport (CGI) located roughly 27 miles southwest of Alto Pass in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Perryville Municipal airport (K02) located around 36 miles northwest of Alto Pass in Perryville, Missouri, the Barkley Regional airport (PAH) located about 46 miles southeast of Alto Pass in Paducah, Kentucky, and finally the Mt Vernon airport (MVN) located approximately 57 miles northeast of Alto Pass in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Alto Pass Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Millsprings Amusement ParkPaducahKY52.0 mi.
Water Parks
Venture WaterparkEddyvilleKY75.7 mi.
Raging Rivers Water ParkGraftonIL113.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Midland Hills Golf CourseMakandaIL7.0 mi.
Stone Creek Golf CourseMakandaIL7.0 mi.
Union County Country ClubAnnaIL10.3 mi.
Hickory Ridge Public Golf CenterCarbondaleIL11.9 mi.
Crab Orchard Golf ClubCartervilleIL18.1 mi.
Green Acres Golf ClubEnergyIL21.4 mi.
Cape Girardeau JC Municipal Golf CourseCape GirardeauMO21.5 mi.
Dalhousie Golf ClubCape GirardeauMO21.5 mi.
Bent Creek Golf ClubJacksonMO22.9 mi.
Kimbeland Country ClubJacksonMO23.0 mi.
Gambit Golf ClubViennaIL26.1 mi.
Janscos Stardust Golf & Country ClubJohnston CityIL27.8 mi.
State Parks
Giant City State ParkIL7.9 mi. 
Trail Of Tears State ParkMO11.7 mi. 
Lake Murphysboro State ParkIL14.8 mi. 
Ferne Clyffe State ParkIL18.9 mi. 
Bollinger Mill State ParkMO30.1 mi. 
Pyramid State ParkIL30.7 mi. 
Dixon Springs State ParkIL38.5 mi. 
National Quilt MuseumPaducahKY52.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO87.2 mi.

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