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Carbondale is a city of approximately 26,000 residents, located in Jackson County in southwestern Illinois. It is predominately known as home of the main campus of the Southern Illinois University. Called the "Home of the Birthplace of Memorial Day," Carbondale held the first formal Memorial Day observation on April 29, 1866 at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Local resident General John A. Logan gave the principal address at the ceremony. Today, Carbondale is a thriving community with many attractions for both visitors and residents. For years, a major attraction has been a stretch of Illinois Avenue near the University campus known as "The Strip," which contains an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and shops. The community also offers art galleries, the Southern Illinois Symphony with performances at the historic Shryock Auditorium and theater at the Jackson County Stage Company and McLeod Theater. An abundance of outdoor recreational activities are also available in nearby Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the Shawnee National Forest and the Giant City State Park. The Carbondale region is also home to many orchards - some over one-hundred years old. Early immigrants in the area planted orchards because the terrain and climate were perfect for growing fruit. Recently, grapes were added to the mix and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail has now become one of the top tourism attractions in Southern Illinois.

Surrounding areas: Makanda, Illinois (7.4 mi), Alto Pass, Illinois (11.9 mi), Marion, Illinois (15.1 mi), Lake of Egypt, Illinois (15.7 mi)

Carbondale Vacation Rentals

Carbondale Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Inns Of America Carbondale1345 E MainCarbondale, IL (618) 529-4801
Comfort Inn Carbondale141 E MainCarbondale, IL (618) 519-4244
Comfort Inn1415 E Main StCarbondale, IL (618) 549-4244
Hampton Inn2175 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL (618) 549-6900
Heritage Motel1209 W Main StCarbondale, IL (618) 457-4142
Holiday Inn Carbondale800 E Main StCarbondale, IL (618) 529-1100
Holiday Inn2300 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL (618) 549-2600
Ramada Inn801 N Giant City RdCarbondale, IL (618) 351-6611
Super 8 Motel Carbondale1180 E Main StCarbondale, IL (618) 457-8822
Riverside Inn MotelRt 5Murphysboro, IL7.0 mi.(618) 687-2244
Giant City State Park Lodge And CabinsMakanda, IL7.3 mi.(618) 457-4836
Americas Best Inns2700 W DeyoungMarion, IL13.7 mi.(618) 997-9421
Drury Inn Marion2706 W DeyoungMarion, IL13.7 mi.(618) 997-9600
Hampton Inn2710 W Deyoung StMarion, IL13.7 mi.(618) 998-9900
Super 8 Motel Marion2601 W Deyoung StMarion, IL13.7 mi.(618) 993-5577
Motel 61008 Halfway RdMarion, IL13.8 mi.(618) 993-2631
Comfort Suites Marion2608 W MainMarion, IL13.9 mi.(618) 997-9133
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott1400 Halfway RdMarion, IL13.9 mi.(618) 993-3011
Comfort Inn2600 W MainMarion, IL14.0 mi.(618) 993-6221
Holiday Inn Express400 Comfort DrMarion, IL14.0 mi.(618) 998-1220
Days Inn Marion1802 Bittle PLMarion, IL14.8 mi.(618) 997-1351
Best Western Airport InnRt 8Marion, IL15.6 mi.(618) 993-3222
Econo Lodge1806 Bittle PlceMarion, IL15.6 mi.(618) 993-1644
Anna Plaza Motel150 E Vienna StAnna, IL18.2 mi.(618) 833-5215
Royal Inn1010 S Jefferson StDuquoin, IL19.0 mi.(618) 542-4335
Lincoln Motel601 E Broad StJonesboro, IL19.0 mi.(618) 833-2181
America's Best Value Inn1001 Factory Outlet BlvdWest Frankfort, IL19.0 mi.(618) 932-2171
Budget Inn Motel Du QuoinRR 2Du Quoin, IL19.9 mi.(618) 542-5014
ST Nicholas Hotel12 S Oak StDu Quoin, IL19.9 mi.(618) 542-2183
Hub Motel423 W Main StDuquoin, IL19.9 mi.(618) 542-2108
Fountain Motel112 S Main StPinckneyville, IL20.7 mi.(618) 357-2128
Gray Plaza Motel1010 W Main StWest Frankfort, IL21.2 mi.(618) 932-3116
Days Inn Benton/West City711 W Main St (#a)Benton, IL24.9 mi.(618) 439-3183
Super 8 Benton/West City711 W Main St (#B)Benton, IL24.9 mi.(618) 438-8205
Limited Inn709 E VineVienna, IL26.8 mi.(618) 658-6300
Budget Inn Motel ViennaRt 146 & I-24Vienna, IL27.6 mi.(618) 658-2802

Carbondale 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 39°F 20°F 2.91 in. -
February 45°F 24°F 3.01 in. -
March 55°F 33°F 4.25 in. -
April 66°F 42°F 4.45 in. -
May 75°F 52°F 4.78 in. -
June 84°F 61°F 4.77 in. -
July 87°F 65°F 3.35 in. -
August 86°F 63°F 3.94 in. -
September 79°F 55°F 3.13 in. -
October 69°F 43°F 2.93 in. -
November 55°F 35°F 4.62 in. -
December 43°F 25°F 3.71 in. -

Carbondale Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Southern Illinois airport (MDH) located about 4 miles northwest of Carbondale, the Williamson County Regional airport (MWA) located approximately 11 miles east of Carbondale in Marion, Illinois, the Perryville Municipal airport (K02) located roughly 36 miles south of Carbondale in Perryville, Missouri, the Cape Girardeau Regional airport (CGI) located around 39 miles southwest of Carbondale in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Mt Vernon airport (MVN) located about 45 miles northeast of Carbondale in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and finally the Barkley Regional airport (PAH) located approximately 51 miles south of Carbondale in Paducah, Kentucky.

Carbondale Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Millsprings Amusement ParkPaducahKY55.7 mi.
Water Parks
Venture WaterparkEddyvilleKY76.1 mi.
Raging Rivers Water ParkGraftonIL108.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Hickory Ridge Public Golf CenterCarbondaleIL 
Crab Orchard Golf ClubCartervilleIL7.5 mi.
Midland Hills Golf CourseMakandaIL7.9 mi.
Stone Creek Golf CourseMakandaIL7.9 mi.
Green Acres Golf ClubEnergyIL11.3 mi.
Janscos Stardust Golf & Country ClubJohnston CityIL17.6 mi.
Franklin County Country ClubWest FrankfortIL19.5 mi.
Union County Country ClubAnnaIL20.0 mi.
Hickory Creek Golf CourseFrankfortIL21.2 mi.
Benton Country ClubBentonIL27.4 mi.
Gambit Golf ClubViennaIL28.1 mi.
Red Hawk Country ClubTamaroaIL28.1 mi.
Southwestern Lakes Country ClubPercyIL29.2 mi.
State Parks
Giant City State ParkIL8.8 mi. 
Lake Murphysboro State ParkIL9.7 mi. 
Ferne Clyffe State ParkIL19.1 mi. 
Pyramid State ParkIL22.4 mi. 
Trail Of Tears State ParkMO23.0 mi. 
Wayne Fitzgerrell State ParkIL30.4 mi. 
Dixon Springs State ParkIL38.7 mi. 
National Quilt MuseumPaducahKY55.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO82.1 mi.

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