Macoupin County Visitors Center - Carlinville

Carlinville, with its quaint charm and historical influences is a powerhouse in Illinois history and fortunate to be located on Old Route 66.  Mayor, Sarah Oswald, with the City Tourism Committee welcome all visitors and offer free tours of the famous Million Dollar Courthouse and 1869 Cannonball Jail. 

Stop by the Macoupin County Visitors Center to pick up the Carlinville History Trails map to over 30 sites which can be done by walking, biking or driving!  Also, you will find information on the Sears Homes Neighborhood, a listing of restaurants and shops, boutiques, salons, pubs, parks and churches.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet weekend camping by the water, exploring Lincoln’s footsteps, cruising Route 66, or visiting one of our fine local businesses and restaurants- Carlinville has something for everyone!

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Tourism in Carlinville

Come 2026, the world will be traveling Route 66 in numbers likely never seen before in celebration of “America’s Mother Road’s” 100th Anniversary- and the City of Carlinville will be ready!

Whether it’s improving infrastructure around the community, revitalizing recreation opportunities at Carlinville Lake, or putting local businesses in a position to succeed – the City of Carlinville will be doing anything possible to make sure that when the world travels Route 66 in 2026, that Carlinville leaves a lasting impression and becomes a “can’t miss” destination!