• 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 ...

  • Haunted Alton App

    Navigate Haunted Streets of Alton with Haunted App

    Download our haunted app and get ready to feel a chill in your blood and a tingle up your spine as you embark on a tour of one of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America. You can follow along on our haunted app and share your photos through your very own social media channels (Facebook, ...

  • Enos Apartments

    Underground Railroad Trail Through Godfrey And Alton

    Commemorate the heritage and black history of the Alton region with a tour along the "Alton Route" of the Underground Railroad. There were no railroad tracks or trains present, just the sounds of the footsteps of runaway slaves escaping to their freedom along the tunnels of the Underground ...

  • Taphorn House

    Historic Driving Tour of Alton

    Visitors can click here to download a copy of the Historic Homes Driving tour. Visitors can also stop by the Alton Visitors Center at 200 Piasa Street in Downtown Alton to pick up book. The tour takes visitors along the streets of Alton’s three historic districts listed on the National Register ...

  • 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 ...

  • Old Bakery Beer Company

    Old Bakery Beer Company to Host Open House

    When husband and wife team, James Rogalsky and Lauren Patton, walked through the empty Colonial Bakery Co. building adjacent to Alton’s riverfront they fell in love with the old brick walls, ghostly scent of baking bread and the vast space. One year after that visit, they have opened the ...

  • 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 ...


  • Amtrak Winter Warm Up

    Save 20% on select Illinois routes
    Valid from Mar 4, 2015 to Mar 31, 2015

    This offer is valid for 20% off the regular (full) adult rail fare. This offer is valid for sale through March 30 and valid for travel through March 31. Advance reservations are required a minimum of ...

  • Atrium Hotel Raging Rivers Package

    Starting At $145
    Valid from Jun 1, 2015 to Aug 31, 2015

    Enjoy four Raging Rivers tickets, four breakfast buffets per room and one room for one night with this great package from the Atrium Hotel, Alton, Illinois. For more information, call (618) ...

  • Green Tree Inn 2-Night Special

    Get 50% off 2nd Night!
    Valid from Jan 20, 2015 to Mar 31, 2015

    Stay two consecutive nights and get 50% off the second night. Not valid Valentine's Day weekend.

  • 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 ...

  • Winter Special

    Book One Night Get Second Night Free ...
    Valid from Mar 11, 2015 to Apr 30, 2015

    Break out of the winter blues with an exceptional stay at Tara Point Inn and Cottages! Book one night in our spacious cottages from Sunday through Thursday and get your second consecutive night's ...

  • Thank Goodness It's Spring Package

    $109 plus tax/service charge
    Valid from Mar 30, 2015 to May 31, 2015

    Celebrate the end of this terrible winter with this inclusive weekday getaway! Escape from your chilly grind and relax in front of our giant stone fireplace, cuddle up in one of our cozy rooms and ...

  • Winery Package

    From $599 and up
    Valid from Feb 5, 2015 to May 31, 2015

    Romance doesn't get any better than this! Spend two nights at the award winning Beall Mansion an Elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn and sample award winning wines from the Grafton Winery and Brewhaus. ...

  • Stay Sunday for Free

    Book Friday & Saturday and stay Sunday ...
    Valid from Mar 9, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015

    "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.