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Things to Do in Vandalia Near Holiday Inn Express & Suites Vandalia

Explore Vandalia

Don't Go Home Without

Don't leave before visiting the Fayette County Museum, located two miles from our Vandalia hotel in the heart of downtown. This historic building is a free museum that houses a wide variety of local items, from Abe Lincoln artifacts to WWII uniforms.

Must See

Guests must see beautiful Vandalia Lake, which offers great fishing opportunities, a lovely beach and a marina with daily boat rentals. Or, take a fun day-trip to Carlyle Lake, a popular tourist spot located 30 miles south of our Vandalia, IL hotel.

Must Do

Elegant in its combustible simplicity, the Kaskaskia Dragon is a tourist attraction as pure as a princess in a fairy tale. Drop a dragon coin into a slot labeled "Insert Token Dragon Breathes Fire," then Phoooosh! The 35-foot-long metal monster shoots flame from its sooty snout with a propane roar while its light bulb eyes glow red. Tokens are purchased at the Liquor store across the street.

Local Tips

The weather in central Illinois ranges from pleasant summers with highs in the 90's, to cold, snowy winters. Be sure to pack accordingly because our Vandalia hotel is near many outdoor activities, and you'll want to be prepared for the weather.

Nearby Attractions

  • Old State Capitol, Oldest Capitol in Illinois
  • Madonna of the Trail
  • Fayette County Museum
  • Vandalia Lake and Campground
  • Evans Public Library
  • Mid America Motor Works
  • Indian Springs Golf Course

Nearby Dining

  • Copper Penny
  • Huddle House
  • Arby's
  • Anthony's
  • Baan Thai
  • Burger King
  • Capitol View
  • Casey's Pizza
  • China Buffet
  • The China King
  • Chuckwagon Cafe
  • Dairy Queen / Orange Julius
  • Denny's
  • Gseppe Pizza
  • Howies on Main
  • Joe's Pizza and Pasta
  • KFC / Taco Bell
  • Los Amigos
  • McDonalds
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse
  • Rancho Nuevo
  • Shimoji Coffee
  • 6th Street Pub
  • Sonic
  • Subway
  • Wendy's
  • Willy's Drive In