• Spirit of Peoria Cruises

    Cruising on a Paddlewheel Boat on the Mississippi

    The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (ARCVB) is partnering with the Spirit of Peoria and Grafton River Adventures to offer relaxing river cruises along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers throughout the year. Specialty-themed cruises include sunset wine tasting, bird ...

  • 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, Historic Alton, Mansions of Middletown and more. For more information or to make ...

  • Dredge Potter will be showcased at the Great Rivers Festival in Alton, Illinois

    Great Rivers Festival at National Great Rivers Museum

    The Meeting of the Rivers Foundation (MTRF), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and their many partners are throwing a party for our great rivers! The first Great Rivers Festival will be at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, Illinois, and the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in ...

  • Grafton Ferry

    Grafton Ferry

    The Grafton Ferry is open daily May 1 - Oct. 31 and carries passengers from St. Charles, Mo., to Grafton. It will also be open on weekends of Nov. 1 - 2 and Nov. 8 - 9.The Illinois side of the landing is located near the Grafton Lighthouse and public boat ramp off Market Street. ...

  • Grafton Winery Blues Festival

    Grafton Winery Blues Festival

    Kick back for a weekend of blues during the 5th Annual Grafton Winery Blues Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 - 18, 2014. Four top-notch blues bands from throughout the St. Louis area will complete the lineup for the festival taking place at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, located at 300 ...

  • Pere Marquette State Park

    Guest Blogger (Suzanne Halbrook): Headed to Pere Marquette State Park

    As a stay-at-home mom of four little boys with boundless energy, we have reached a point in the winter season when we are all hearing a very loud voice saying, “Get me out of this house!”  Finally, this past weekend the first crocus pushed its way through the blades of grass on ...

  • Beaver Falls at The Nature Institute

    Guest Blogger (Amy Curry): 5 of the Best Kept Secrets of the Riverbend (Alton, Illinois region)

    There are many wonderful shops, restaurants, and look out points all around Alton, but some of them can only be found while being stumbled upon. Below are five areas that deserve the same amount of recognition as the big guys.  5. Milton ...

  • Gordon Moore Park in Alton, Illinois

    Guest Blogger (Melissa Meske): Reflections of Beauty and Silence Are Everywhere!

    Explorers, both locals and travelers, come in all shapes, sizes, and types.  Some want to be a part of the crowd and join in the celebration. Others, like me, seek refuge and rejuvenation through the beauty of nature and all it has to offer. Well, rest assured, pockets of reflective solitude ...

  • Yellow Rumped Warbler (Photo courtesy of USFWS)

    Bird Watching Along the Rivers

    The confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers creates a great bird watching spot. When migrating through this area birds follow the rivers like we follow a map on a long trip, finding their way to the many conservation areas in the confluence region. The habitat that has been set aside for ...

  • Clark Bridge Lane Restrictions

    Clark Bridge Lane Restrictions

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that lane reductions in each direction of US 67 at the Clark Bridge in Alton will begin April 21, weather permitting. All lanes will be open westbound between the hours of 6 a.m. - 8 a.m., and eastbound lanes will be open between the hours of ...


  • Tara Point Inn (Grafton, Illinois) Romantic Getaway

    Romantic Getaway
    Valid from Mar 11, 2014 to Apr 30, 2014

    Get two nights for the price of one. Valid only during the months of December through April Sunday through Thursday. Must mention coupon when booking your stay. Cottages only, must be consecutive ...

  • Bird Watcher's Package at Holiday Inn

    Package includes: breakfast, restaurant ...
    Valid from Apr 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014

    Overnight accommodations for two, breakfast buffet coupons for 2, $20 Franco’s Restaurant voucher and 2 beverage coupons. Prices range from $104 - $144.

  • Winery Package at Holiday Inn

    Package includes: overnight for 2, 2 ...
    Valid from Apr 1, 2014 to Apr 30, 2014

    Enjoy a night in the Alton, Illinois, region with this romantic package from the Holiday Inn. Package includes overnight accommodations for two, vouchers for two glasses of wine in souvenir glass at ...

  • $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.

  • Friday Date Night Special

    $30 for 2
    Valid from Mar 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014

    Take your significant other out to the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus for a Friday night date. For $30 for 2, both of you will receive a choice of drink (glass of wine, glass or bottle or beer, soda ...

  • 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.

  • Check In With Yelp

    Check in on Yelp and receive free ...
    Valid from Apr 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014

    Check into Franco's Restaurant at the Holiday Inn Alton on Yelp and receive a complimentary beverage (soda, tea or coffee) with purchase of an entree. Must have Yelp account and show check in to ...