Destination guide

An oasis of calm in Southern, Illinois

Covering a third of the state, Southern is a wonderland of shimmering lakes, national forests, and sprawling fruit orchards. From cozy log cabins to luxurious lakefront properties, Southern vacation rentals put you in the heart of rural Illinois. The'mighty Mississippi River'forms the western boundary, with the forested Shawnee Hills rising to the east. Whether you're embarking on a romantic weekend away, a fishing trip or a fun-filled family vacation, you're bound to fall under Southern's spell.

Things to do

Sip your way through the southern Illinois wine trail

Jackson County is a hotspot for heritage tourism, with most of the highlights found in Murphysboro. Don't miss the General John A. Logan Museum, Robert W. Hamilton House, and Tower Grove Cemetery. You can also head south to the Lewis & Clark Expedition's starting point, wander around the ruins of Fort Kaskaskia, and discover prehistoric America at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Love vino? Renting a car gives you the freedom to sip your way through the Southern Illinois Wine Trail. More than 50 boutique wineries dot the region, including the awardwinning Blue Sky Vineyard.


Discover Southern's treasure trove of towns

From Murphysboro to Makanda, southern Illinois is dotted with pint-sized towns and cities, each with its own unique personality. From your Southern vacation rental, you can work your way through a treasure trove of characterful caf_s, art galleries, antiques stores, and more. Hugging the banks of the Mississippi, the Great River Road byway showcases some of the state's best scenery. Don't miss Highway 100 between Grafton and Alton, a knockout stretch of road that will take you right past the hidden hamlet of Elsah. With its 19th-century stone cottages and traditional farmhouses, it's like going back in time.


Peachy summers in Southern Illinois

Verging on subtropical, Southern Illinois enjoys sultry summers and mild winters, lending itself to vacations throughout the year. Both spring and fall are fantastic times to hop your way through the state's charming towns, heritage sites, and natural attractions. Jackson County is famous for its orchards, which makes summer one of the best times to devour fresh peaches and nectarines. With outdoor decks, private docks, and BBQs that are ready to be fired up, Southern vacation rentals offer the perfect way to relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Natural features

A breath of fresh air in Shawnee National Forest

While flat farmlands dominate the upper portion of the state, southern Illinois is known for its rolling landscapes, wildflower-strewn state parks, and myriad of lakes. Shawnee National Forest harbors most of the attention, with plenty of recreation areas like Little Grassy Lake where you can swim, kayak, and fish. Nearby Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for birds, with wooden boardwalks winding their way through the swamp. If you want to hike or canoe, the friendly rangers at the Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center are happy to give you the scoop on local trails.

Can I find a vacation rental around Southern?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 120 vacation rentals near Southern. From 44 Cabins to 44 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Southern for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Southern?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Southern. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Southern Illinois University: 109 vacation rentals
  • Kokopelli Golf Club: 78 vacation rentals
  • Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center: 68 vacation rentals
  • Vienna City Park: 62 vacation rentals
  • Williamson County Historical Museum: 77 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Southern listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Southern?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 44 Cabins in Southern. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Southern include:

  • Cottages: 44 rentals available
  • Houses: 53 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 44 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Lodges and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Southern?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Southern. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.