• Eagle Watching in Alton, Grafton and Godfrey, Illinois (2014)

    Eagle Count

    The Meeting of the Great Rivers region (Alton, Godfrey, Calhoun County and Grafton, Illinois) is a great place to watch for eagles. Eagles typically migrate to the Meeting of the Great Rivers in late December to early January.This week's eagle counts (as of Dec. 16, 2014):

  • Eagle Watcher T-Shirt

    Be An Official Eagle Watcher

    Join us for an eagle watching adventure and become an "Official Alton Eagle Watcher." Visit us during the Alton Eagle Festival on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, to receive your eagle watcher's card. Then, come back to see us throughout the season as the eagle counts continue to grow. As you visit the ...

  • Alton-Audubon Eagle Festival

    Alton-Audubon Eagle Festival

    Every December, visitors anxiously await the return of the migrating American Bald Eagles as they reclaim their nests along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway from Alton to Grafton and Pere Marquette State Park. In order to celebrate their return, the Alton Regional Convention ...

  • Eagle Watcher App

    Fly Away With Our Eagle App

    If you love eagle watching, we have the hot spots ready for you in the palm of your hand.  The Eagle Watch app is now available to help you on your eagle watching adventure.  It's just in time for the annual eagle migration, which takes place from late December through early March.

  • Lewis & Clark History

    Lewis & Clark History

    Lewis & Clark State Historic SiteThe journey along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway begins in Hartford at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers where Lewis & Clark's ...

  • Ducks at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

    Fall Visits to Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

    Grab your travel mug of coffee or hot coco, pack a picnic and head out for an adventure this fall. Winter brings eagle watchers out in awe at the number of eagles that can be spotted at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. But, what about fall? After fall leaves peak in color and ...

  • McPike Mansion

    Eerie Haunts in Alton, Illinois

    If you read my last post, I mentioned I was going to recount my spine-tingling journey through the streets of Alton, Illinois, so here I go. Even though Alton is not the largest town, they sure had their fair share of ghostly ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • $70 Eagle Watchers Rate

    Valid from Jan 1, 2015 to Feb 28, 2015

    Begin your eagle watching adventure at the Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel in Alton. Enjoy top-rated accommodations and all of the comforts of home for just $70 a night, plus tax. Free ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...