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Visitors Guide

Request our 2017 Official Alton Visitors Guide and start planning your trip today!

2017 Official Alton Visitors Guide
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Eagle Watching on the Scenic Byway

The crisp cool air and open waters of the Mississippi Flyway are a refuge for eagles, trumpeter swans and visitors alike in Alton, Illinois. Just 25 miles north of St. Louis on the Mississippi River, Alton has become a winter home to the eagles.

Before dawn breaks on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, the eagles begin to soar over the Mississippi River. It is here along the byway that the great rivers meet – the Mississippi, Missouri and the Illinois – as a point of convergence for wildlife from all over the United States. From late December through mid-February, every day is eagle day all around Alton with guided eagle watching tours and events offered every weekend and during the week. Driving along the byway from Alton to Grafton to Pere Marquette, visitors can experience several great viewing spots and see anywhere between 25 and 150 eagles on their journeys. 

The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Alton Eagle Watching app will guide visitors to the hot spots, offer options for shopping and dining, list deals, allow visitors to share photos and provide information on upcoming events and festivals. 

Eagle Count (updated Jan. 1, 2018)
Audubon Center at Riverlands, West Alton: 
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Grafton: around the area. 
Grafton Visitor Center:
Great River Road between Grafton and Alton: 10 (three adult and 7 juvenile birds spotted in the trees along the road)
Trumpeter Swans:
Audubon Center at Riverlands:

For more information on eagle watching on the Meeting of the Great Rivers all around Alton, download our eagle watching guide or call (800) 258-6645 to request a guide.



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