Effingham in Southeast Illinois is home to around 12,000 people.
Springfield, the state capital, is situated 75 miles (121 kilometers) northwest of Effingham, while Champaign is 70 miles (113 kilometers) to the north.
Study the collections, browse the exhibits and let the kids try the interactive models in several of the local museums such as the Dr. Charles M. Wright Mansion and the Altamont Living Museum. Examine the displays, try the hands-on exhibits or simply relax in the quiet.
Lovers of the arts can enjoy a night of great entertainment at the Effingham Performance Center, one of the most popular performance spaces in in the Effingham area. Head off well before showtime and treat yourself to a pre-show meal at one of the nearby restaurants or bars.
Bliss Park is among the most popular public green spaces around Effingham. It is a tranquil oasis where families, students, office workers and the elderly congregate to enjoy the fresh air and greenery.
One of the most-visited places to play a round of golf in the area is Cardinal Golf Course. Rent some gear from the pro shop, and challenge the course average, then end the day in the clubhouse bar by enjoying a light meal with friendly locals.
Keen nature lovers will be glad to find out that the local city also has a few preservation parks with unique scenery and some notable native species. To walk through one of the major nature parks, head out to Ballard Nature Center.
Village Square Mall is the perfect place to visit if you enjoy shopping and watching the world go by. This is a busy attraction packed with fashion, accessories, fresh produce and great places to eat.
It doesn't matter how many fabulous sights you’ve managed to squeeze into your schedule, no tour of Effingham is complete without a visit to the Veteran's Monument.