Route 37 + ADD NEW ROUTE
27 in Illinois Illinois65 Miles
on July 1, 2006
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Mt. Vernon, IL is located in southern Illinois. Just start in Mt. Vernon, IL and head north on State Rt. 37 (which runs parallel and just east of Interstate 57). Simply head north on Rt. 37 for Salem and on to the end point at Effingham. If you liked this route you can do a similar route by starting in Mt. Vernon and go south and take it to Rend Lake area. Either direction are small towns and little adventures.
Fields, open road, light traffic, small towns is what you'll see if you decide to exit I 57 and take IL state route 37. We enjoy the short jaunt from Mt. Vernon to Effingham.
This route has some curves but is level for the most part. South of Mt. Vernon, you cross Rend Lake where you can observe at times, various water fowl.
If you want to take in the small town atmosphere, most have quaint city parks and a variety of stores. If you want a GREAT restaurant, we suggest you take East Main St. off of Rt. 37 in Salem, IL and stop in at The Depot Supper Club. We didn't look our best after a day of riding (helmet hair, etc) and weren't certain if they would appreciate our attire but we were warmly welcomed. The atmosphere is upscale and inviting with the staff friendly and very efficient. Their entrees were absolutely wonderful! They also have a separate dining area in the bar. The owners even took time to stop and visit with everyone. Nice place - worth checking out. We know we'll be repeat customers! If you're heading south of Mt. Vernon, there's Burton's cafe in Whittington where you can have the best "white pie" around. A nice winery is just south of the cafe. If you decide to explore Rt 37 south of Mount Vernon, the Rend Lake area offers camping, cabins, motel, boating, golfing, and various recreational activities, as well as a restaurant.
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