• Pere Marquette State Park Fall Colors: 10/11/14

    Fall Colors

    LEAF CHANGE REPORT  60 percent along Great River Road80 percent at Pere Marquette State ParkLast updated 10/20/14Peak Foliage Dates for 2011 – 2013Year   Peak Dates (Week)

  • Shuttle Tours

    Shuttle Tours Along the Great Rivers

    The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (ARCVB) will be partnering with some of our tour providers to offer specialty-themed tours throughout the year. Tours include Eagle Watching, Underground Railroad, Eat Like a Local BBQ, Historic Elsah and more. For more information or to make ...

  • Grafton's Historic Walking Tour

    Grafton's Historic Walking Tour

    Officially founded in 1836, Grafton's prime location on the river necessitated a boat construction industry. Resting under the Mississippi River bluffs, quarrying was also a lucrative industry. Tons of magnesian limestone was found here, making the quarries one of the richest and most ...

  • Grafton, Illinois

    Visitor Guide to Grafton, Illinois

    At the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, experience life in a real river town - Grafton, Illinois. The early settlers of Grafton saw the potential of this plat of land at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. It was not long before this little river town ...

  • Godfrey Maze

    Harry Potter and the Great Godfrey Maze

    Journey into the magical world of Harry Potter at the Great Godfrey Maze which opens Friday, Aug. 29 and runs through Oct. 26. Wear your best wizardly gear, start at Platform 9 ¾ and be prepared to get lost in seven acres of corn maze carved into the shape of Hogwarts and Harry Potter, ...

  • Living room at Beall Mansion in Alton

    Relax and Be Pampered in Alton

    When it comes to visiting another city and truly taking in the best it has to offer, the most memorable experiences begin with unique lodging. For me those times are best when I’ve stayed in a bed and breakfast. They equalize the comfort of staying at your home but rely on someone ...

  • Monarch Butterfly (Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

    Migrating Monarchs

    Usually, at this time of year I would write a post about the coming waterfowl migration or the number of pelicans and egrets congregating in the area. This year though, it is fitting to talk about the migration of a smaller creature, the monarch butterfly. According to the Missouri ...

  • Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

    Guest Blogger (Kathy): A Wonderful Day for an Adventure

    Today, my standing Friday morning meeting was cancelled, so I had a rare day with nothing on the calendar.  The forecast was for a high in the mid-80s (very nice for this time of year), so Hubby Tony scheduled a vacation day and we decided to go on an outside adventure.  After ...

  • Raging Rivers Water Park

    Five Best Things about Raging Rivers!

    It’s hot outside. No breeze. High humidity. Everyone is just a little bit cranky. You don’t want to complain, but … Wouldn’t it be nice to be cool and still have some fun in the sun?  It is summer after all! Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton has the solution to enjoying the heat and ...

  • Santa Cruz Imports & Exports in Alton, Illinois

    Guest Blogger (Jared Hennings): Surprises at Santa Cruz Imports & Exports

    It’s a bit unexplainable, but this blog and the one I wrote previously have focused on those-one-of-a-kind-items  that you may like to bring back from your trip, when you visit our Riverbend community. Last time I wrote about the varied pottery found at Mississippi Mud Pottery. This time ...


  • Cozy Couple Getaway

    Starting at $179
    Valid from May 21, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014

    Be pampered with our Cozy Couple Getaway Package. Relax in your private Jacuzzi room or sit on your private river view balcony while warming up in one of our monogrammed signature robes. Enjoy our ...

  • Hikers Delight Package

    Overnight stay + $15
    Valid from Jul 17, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014

    Make new family memories as you explore the miles of scenic trails and gorgeous outlooks of Pere Marquette State Park. Add this package to your room reservation at Pere Marquette Lodge for only $15 ...

  • Stay Sunday for Free

    Book Friday & Saturday and stay Sunday ...
    Valid from Mar 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014

    "Enjoy your stay longer! Book both any Friday and Saturday and stay Sunday for free!" offer good through 2014 and excludes Memorial Day weekend and other holiday weekends.

  • Atrium Hotel Eagle Package

    Valid from Jan 1, 2015 to Mar 31, 2015

    You will receive an eagle watchers guide, room for one night, $20 in Franco's Restaurant certificate, two beverage coupons good in restaurant or Lily's Lounge, full hot breakfast buffet for two for ...

  • Mid-Week Special

    25% Off
    Valid from May 21, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014

    Special mid-week rates up to 25 percent off on standard rooms. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers or packages. Valid Sunday through Thursday. For reservations, please call 618-786-2315 ...

  • Just Getaway Package

    $139 plus tax
    Valid from May 21, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014

    Stay at the historic Ruebel Hotel with this great getaway package which includes an overnight stay in one of our charming standard rooms which includes a $40 food and beverage voucher for the ...

  • $5 Off Parasailing Discount

    $5 off
    Valid from Mar 13, 2014 to Oct 31, 2014

    Take $5 off on full price parasailing ride Saturday or Sunday. Not valid with any other promotions.

  • Eagle Watchers Package at the Comfort Inn

    Valid from Jan 1, 2015 to Feb 28, 2015

    As you travel the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway looking for eagles, plan to spend the night at the Alton Comfort Inn. For $79, receive a one night's stay and a souvenir of the ...

  • Green Tree Inn Winery Deal

    Receive 2 free entrees
    Valid from Oct 11, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014

    Stay at Green Tree Inn for two nights Sunday-Thursday from Aug. 1 - Dec. 31 and receive two free entrees including a glass of wine at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus.

  • Zip With the Eagles

    Zip for two, overnight & bottle of wine ...
    Valid from Jan 1, 2015 to Feb 28, 2015

    Soar with the eagles with this package from Aeries Lodging and Winery and Grafton Zipline Adventures. Enjoy a zip line tour for two and then look for eagles as they return to the region for the ...