Rise to New Heights
Imagine the awe early explorers felt when they stood atop towering limestone bluffs and looked down on the Meeting of the Great Rivers. Stand in their footsteps and gaze across the rivers from a vantage point of opportunity and natural wonder.
From the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford to The Nature Institute in Godfrey and Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, explore a cornucopia of breathtaking scenery that makes up the landscape for the Meeting of the Great Rivers.
1) Clark Bridge
The famed Super Bridge offers stunning views of sunsets and sunrises right on the Mississippi River.
2) Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton
Hike to the top of McAdams Peak at Pere Marquette State Park to enjoy a panoramic view of the Illinois River bluffs and waterway with many scenic overlooks along the way.
3) Riverview Park
Riverview Drive at Bluff Street, Alton
Arguably this park has one of the best views of the Mississippi River from the the bluffs nestled in the historic Christian Hill District which is filled with 1800s era architecture.
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4) Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
435 Confluence Dr., Hartford
Enjoy the sights 150 feet above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers at the historic Lewis & Clark 1804 point of departure.
5) Aeries Riverview Winery
Photo courtesy of Aerie's Riverview Winery
800 Timber Ridge Dr., Grafton
Enjoy a glass of wine as you gaze from the patio or the windows of the only bluff top winery located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
6) The Nature Institute
2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey
Hike the 46-acre Olin Nature Preserve’s Mississippi Sanctuary in the bluffs high above the Mississippi River for unparalleled views.
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7) Melvin Price Locks & Dam
1 Lock and Dam Way, Alton
Walk to the middle of the mighty Mississippi across the largest locks and dam on the river to see the sights from 80-feet high with unbelievable views of tow boats, the Alton skyline and the Clark Bridge.
8) The Principia
1 Maybeck Way, Elsah
Drive through this historic college filled with amazing architecture and a lookout point atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.
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