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Visitors Guide

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2017 Official Alton Visitors Guide
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Story Ideas

It's your story, and there are pages of stories waiting to be told about the Alton region. The story is yours to tell from an historic escape into the past to an invigorating climb to the top of the bluffs to take in the magnificence of the Mississippi River and the beauty of the bluffs. Here are just a few timeless ideas to get your pen writing.

EXPERIENCE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN ILLINOIS

Annually, thousands of visitors drive the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway during every season.  The byway is truly a Midwestern treasure with stretches of roadway cradled by the rolling waters of the Mighty Mississippi River and majestic limestone river bluffs.

WALKING WITH LINCOLN
Walk with us and experience Alton’s lasting legacies that shaped the history of America as you visit 10 Lincoln and Civil War sites on the Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail in Alton.  Walk in the footsteps of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Civil War soldiers from both North and South.

CROSSROADS OF HISTORY
From the epic journey of explorers Lewis & Clark to the first shots of the Civil War, visitors to the byway are standing at the crossroads of history, where the rivers mingle with extraordinary moments in time.

RIVER TOWN USA
Experience the quaint, charming and historic river towns nestled among the great rivers all around Alton.  From the “village where time stood still” to our own little “real river town,” explore the towns of Alton, Grafton and Elsah for three distinctly different river town experiences within a 15 mile stretch of river.

GHOSTS & GHOULS…NOT JUST FOR HALLOWEEN
Year-round we’re stirring up the spirits and scaring up a good time for visitors looking to experience “One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America” – Alton, Illinois.  New in 2011, the Historic Museum of Torture Devices adds to the ghoulish good times!

BIRDING ON THE BYWAY
Located on the Mississippi Flyway, one of the most important bird migration pathways in the world, the Alton region boasts of four nature preserves along the 33-mile byway, providing visitors with optimal viewing of more than 300 species of migrating birds.  Opening in summer 2011, the new Audubon Center at Riverlands will add to the visitor experience.

EVERY DAY IS EAGLE DAY
Every January, experts anticipate nearly 1,000 American Bald Eagles will migrate to the region, many reclaiming their winter nests along the byway from Alton to Grafton.  From late December through February, the calendar is filled with eagle meet & greets, guided tours, live bird show and other eagle watching events.

UNIQUELY US
A bird that devours men, Alton’s “Gentle Giant” and the title of “One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America”…you won’t find stories like these just anywhere.  Get your pen ready for some great stories about attractions that are “uniquely us.”

AND THE LIST GOES ON...
Wait!  There's even more.  The Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway is known throughout the Midwest for its scenic beauty, natural surrounds, historic moments and cultural offerings.  We represent just one piece of the Great River Road Experience in Illinois.  Check out some of these other great story destinations.

Quad Cities
Your Mississippi River adventure awaits in Quad Cities, Ill.  From riverboat cruising to kayaking on the water trails, your one-on-one encounter with the river is here.  Plus, check out first-class museums, including the world famous John Deere Pavillion.  

Quincy, IL
Sea kayaking, free blues and the best architecture outside of Chicago - just a few of the pleasures you'll experience in historic Quincy, Ill.  

Galena, IL
Experience the vintage charm and contemporary spirit of Galena and Jo Daviess County...the region's natural beauty, charming farmsteads, well-preserved historic sites, first-class golfing, regional cuisine, eclectic shops and tranquil spas.   

If you're looking for that extra hook, give us a call at 1-800-258-6645, and we'll help you get your pen writing!

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