Americas Best Value Inn – Vandalia has 85 rooms. Amenities include free limited hot breakfast, WiFi, in-room coffee and more. Pets are welcomed. Truck parking is available.
Spread throughout this area located about 13 miles southeast of Vandalia, are a variety of businesses run by Mennonite families. A country store, several repair shops and other services, greenhouses, produce and baked goods sellers and even a blacksmith can be found here. For a brochure and map, call 618-283-2728.
The National Road is called the “road that built the nation” because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley, to East St. Louis and the Mississipi River.
Walk along the former historic Illinois Central Railroad to the beautiful scenery that is the Kaskaskia River. You enter the trail behind he Fayette County Health Department at 416 W. Edwards St. Along the trail you can enjoy the “Did you know” signs that are spread throughout the trail to learn the history of the railroad and about Abraham Lincoln’s involvement with the trail and Vandalia.
Asphalt scenic trail winding through the city park. The trail can be entered at the corner of Locust & Jefferson Sts. or in the 1000 block of West Fillmore. There are three pavilions for picnics , several areas of play equipment and the town branch runs through it where many a kid has had luck finding crawdads
On a large natural stone in the Park, you can see the trail reported to have been used by Abraham Lincoln and others as they traveled between Vandalia and Springfield, IL in the early 1800s. The Lincoln Trail is on the National Registry of Historic Places.