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Originally Posted by Mich cottage
What are some good parking places between Mich and Ark taking I-57 in Ill to I-40 in Ark? We are towing a 34 ft Excella Classic from Mich to Arizona for our first cross country trip in an Airstream. Any advice from old timers would be appreciated.
Some of my favorite places along your route would include:
Kankakee River State Park:
Near Exit 315 on Interstate 57 (Bradley-Bourbonnais)
A little further South, one of my favorites is the Arcola Camper Stop. This is a very plain commercial campground, but it is located near a fantastic Pennsylvania Dutch style Restarurant - - The Dutch Kitchen located on Main Street in Arcola. Both are much less than two miles off of the Interstate.
Arcola Arcola Camper Stop
472 Davis St.
Arcola, IL 61910
Arcola is located at Exit 203 on Interstate 57
Continuing on to the South, another favorite of mine is the Giant City State Park. A bit of a drive off of the Interstate, but well worth the trip. It is near such attractions as Bald Knob Cross of Peace (Alto Pass, IL), and within the park is one of my all-time favorite restaurants affectionately known by locals as The Lodge - - family style fried chicken is the specialty, but my favorite is their filet mingnon. See Giant City State Park at:
The most convenient exit from Interstate 57 for the park is #54 (IL 13 West toward Carbondale) - - follow IL 13 to the East Edge of Carbondale where you will turn South (Left) on Giant City Road (WalMart will be on the North side of Highway 13 directly across from Giant City Road) - - the intersection is stoplight controlled. The road to the park is an improved two-lane and will take you directly to the RV campground (just follow the signs after entering the park).
Continuing on to the South, another of my favorites is Town & Country Camping
Town & Country Camping
Sikeston MO 63801-9802
From Interstate 57, take the Bertrand, MO exit turn right (Northwest) continue on access road approximately 1 mile to US 62 West - - follow US 62 West to Sikeston - - Town & Country Camping will be on your left (to the South) as you enter Sikeston. The best feature of this campground is its proximity to Lamberts' Cafe - - Home of Throwed Rolls - - see:
Less than five miles West of the campground, you will find Lamberts Cafe right on Highway 62 (East Malone Street).
Enjoy your excursion!