A suburb of East St. Louis (Is there any other St. Louis?), Edwardsville is the final stop in Illinois along the historic Mother Road.
Home to indoor attractions like Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and the Edwardsville Arts Center, E-town may actually be a good place to stretch your legs in the great outdoors before setting into the Gateway to the West.
Be sure to explore the 46-acre Watershed Nature Center (displaying and educating visitors on native Illinois plants), or the 85-mile Madison County Transit Trails system – ideal for walking, jogging, and cycling. Even the city itself offers fantastic city parks, including Leclaire Park, Lusk Park, City Park, Glik Park, and Edwardsville Township Park.