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2017 Official Alton Visitors Guide
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  May 22, 2019
 

We're not blowing smoke, STL Cigars will be rollin' into @bluffcitygrill in Alton May 23 for a Hand-Rolling Cigar Networking event! 📷 :Derrick Richardson #Cigars #Cigar #STLCigar #Visitalton #Enjoyillinois

  May 15, 2019
 

STL Cigars will be rollin' into Alton! Enjoy your cigar in style on May 23 with a Hand-Rolling Cigar Networking event at Bluff City Grill. http://bit.ly/30lipf3 Photo: Derrick Richardson #Cigars #Visitalton #Enjoyillinois

  May 15, 2019
 

Only 24 hours remain to nominate your favorite Great River Road restaurant, brewery, and attraction for River Travel Magazine "Best of The River" award! Nominate now: http://bit.ly/BestofRiverRoad #TravelTuesday #Travel #ExploreGreatRivers #EnjoyIlinois

  May 14, 2019
 

Experience Lincoln impersonator George Buss and folklorist Chris Vallillo combine history and music in a match-up like no other! This free event is on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Post Commons. http://bit.ly/LincolnVisitsAlton #MeetingGreatRivers | #EnjoyIllinois | #Lincoln

  May 13, 2019
 

Legendary gifts. Legendary food. Meet Josephines Gift shops and Tearoom, our newest Local Legend! #IllinoisProud | #EnjoyIllinois | #LocalLegends | #MeetingGreatRivers

  May 12, 2019
 

Grandma's baking was the inspiration behind this Local Legend. Our newest addition will be unveiled tomorrow! http://bit.ly/LocalLegendsAroundAlton #IllinoisProud | #EnjoyIllinois | #LocalLegends | #MeetingGreatRivers

  May 11, 2019
 

Serving 300 people in just 3 hours, this new Local Legend knows team work! Think you know who it is? Stay-tuned: http://bit.ly/LocalLegendsAroundAlton #IllinoisProud | #EnjoyIllinois | #LocalLegends | #MeetingGreatRivers

  May 10, 2019
 

It all started with a gift shop, then the tea room was added. We will unveil our newest Local Legend this weekend! Who will it be? http://bit.ly/LocalLegendsAroundAlton #IllinoisProud | #EnjoyIllinois | #LocalLegends | #MeetingGreatRivers

  May 09, 2019
 

Don't miss your chance to see a free theatrical-style program that combines live period music by Chris Vallillo with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln. Lincoln, The Great Communicator will be on Thursday, May 16 at the Post Commons. See all event details: http://bit.ly/LincolnVisitsAlton #MeetingGreatRivers | #EnjoyIllinois | #Lincoln

  May 07, 2019
 

Pick up the cream of the crop during the week in Alton and Jerseyville. Support local farmers: http://bit.ly/LocalFreshMarkets #MeetingGreatRivers | #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois | #ShopLocal

  May 05, 2019
 

Work for weekend adventures. Live for a lifetime of memories. 📷: Billy Hammond . . . . #VisitAlton #EnjoyIllinois #Bridges #CityLights #River #WeekendWarrior #TravelGram

  May 04, 2019
 

Cheers! Grafton Winery & Brewhaus and The Old Bakery Beer Company are participating in the Great Rivers & Routes Craft Beer Week. Visit them during May 10-17 for keep the glass specials and more! http://bit.ly/NothingbutBeer #MeetingGreatRivers | #EnjoyIllinois | #EnjoyGrafton | #VisitAlton | #CraftBeer

  May 04, 2019
 

Have spring morel fever? Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center has the cure with the Mushroom Festival this Sunday, May 5! Be sure to take the alternative route from IL-3. See more details here: http://bit.ly/RiverConditions Join the Great Morel Hunt for a chance to win a night's stay: http://bit.ly/MushroomFest #EnjoyGrafton | #MeetingGreatRivers | #EnjoyIllinois | #SpringMorels

  May 03, 2019
 

Come by for a great art show, artist talk and silent auction! https://www.facebook.com/events/2281847795475673/?ti=cl

  May 03, 2019
 

Alton is ready for the run of the roses! Grab your big hats and Mint Juleps... it's Derby Party time at Mac's Downtown! Street party with music by Atlanta Rhythm Section! Don't miss the fun on May 4: http://bit.ly/KYDerbyAtMacs #KyDerbyParty #VisitAlton #EnjoyIllinois #PlaceYourBets 📷: Karen Baker-Brnicic & Mac's Downtown Alton

  May 03, 2019
 

Ready for an out-of-this-world cultural experience? Head to Alton this Saturday, May 4 for Small Town Big World. More info at VisitAlton.com. . . . #VisitAlton #Enjoyillinois #OurAlton #Culture #WeekendTrip

  May 02, 2019
 

Take an architectural adventure in historic Alton with a self-driving tour to unique sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Download your guide today: http://bit.ly/HistoricDriveTour #VisitAlton | #MeetingGreatRivers | #EnjoyIllinois | #HistoricHomes

  May 02, 2019
 

RIVER UPDATE: IDOT is closing the Great River Road (IL100) from Broadway Street (U.S.Route 67) to Clifton Terrace Road in Godfrey due to rising river water. Be prepared for detours while you are enjoying downtown restaurants this weekend! More info on river conditions: http://bit.ly/RiverConditions

  May 02, 2019
 

RIVER UPDATE: All lower lanes just south of the Clark Bridge on U.S 67 are expected to close by evening rush hour today, May 2! Travelers will be rerouted to the northbound lanes with one lane of traffic in each direction. Get all of your up-to-date river conditions: http://bit.ly/RisingWaterReport 📷: Jack Rainey #VisitAlton | #EnjoyGrafton | #RiversandRoutes

  May 02, 2019
 

Winfield Ferry is expected to temporarily close starting tonight, May 1 at 7 p.m. due to rising water. It will remain closed until further notice. The Golden Eagle Ferry and the Brussels Ferry are also closed. Stay updated on our river conditions: http://bit.ly/RiverConditions

  May 01, 2019
 

There's no need to travel far for an out-of-this-world cultural experience, simply attend Alton Main Street's Small Town Big World event this Saturday, May 4. Several Alton locations will be host to some unique entertainment and tasty food. More info: http://bit.ly/2DFQtsw. #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois

  May 01, 2019
 

Take in historic Alton beauty with a self-driving tour through three districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See dozens of architectural wonders like the pictured Watson House. Download your guide at VisitAlton.com. . . . . #VisitAlton #Enjoyillinois #HistoricalHomes #HomeTour #Architecture #HistoricPlaces #History #HistoricAlton

  April 30, 2019
 

Take in the fresh smells of spring by grabbing the family and packing a nice lunch! It's picnic season! Here are some great spots: http://bit.ly/PerfectPicnicLocations #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois

  April 30, 2019
 

Take your dining to new levels and experience eating on the FLOATING Grafton Oyster Bar! 📷: @llrivero . . . . #EnjoyGrafton | #EnjoyIllinois | #ExploreGreatRivers | #Riverlife | #Oysters | #Crawfish | #Fishy | #MississippiRiver

  April 28, 2019
 

Pull up a chair to have a unique dining experience on the floating Grafton Oyster Bar. After a brief hiatus due to the high river water, they are now open! Photo by @llrivero #EnjoyGrafton | #EnjoyIllinois | #ExploreGreatRivers

  April 28, 2019
 

With the confluence of three rivers, the Meeting of the Great Rivers region is a prime location for outdoor exploration! Witness all that the region has to offer this spring: http://bit.ly/OutsideOnTheByway Photo by Scott Evers #ExploreGreatRivers | #VisitAlton | #EnjoyGrafton | #EnjoyIllinois

  April 27, 2019
 

Grab those big hats and place your off-track bets at Mac's in Alton for the Kentucky Derby. Enjoy food, drink, and live music from the ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION on Saturday, May 4! For more details: http://bit.ly/KYDerbyAtMacs Photo by @mac'sdowntownalton #EnjoyIllinois | #VisitAlton | #KentuckyDerby

  April 27, 2019
 

Outdoor exploration at the Meeting of the Great Rivers is your unique opportunity to view something spectacular! . . . . . #ExploreGreatRivers | #VisitAlton | #EnjoyGrafton | #EnjoyIllinois | #Outdoors | #Wildlife | #Trails | #WeekendWarrior | #TravelGram | #TripIdeas | #Nature | #Pelicans | #RiverLife

  April 26, 2019
 

The Brussels Ferry has reopened! Have plans to enjoy the Meeting of the Great Rivers this weekend? Stay current on any remaining road detours: http://bit.ly/RiverConditions

  April 26, 2019
 

Open your windows and cruise along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway! Find stops to restaurants, entertainment and adventure with our "Best in Illinois" award-winning Visitor Guide. Request your copy today: http://bit.ly/YourGuidetoFun

  April 26, 2019
 

Explore Alton's past this Saturday with an Underground Railroad Shuttle Tour! Make stops inside the city's most historical buildings and witness the Road to Freedom. Purchase tickets at VisitAlton.com. . . . . #EnjoyIllinois | #VisitAlton | #OurAlton | #HistoricAlton | #History | #BlackHistory | #Travel | #RoadTrip

  April 24, 2019
 

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Earth Day? Grab some tickets for the "Honoring Mother Earth Tour" at McPike Mansion on April 27. Visit the link within our bio for more info. . . . . #HauntedAlton | #VisitAlton | #Haunted | #EnjoyIllinois | #Spooky | #Travel | #WeekendTrip

  April 22, 2019
 

Did you know that Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart will be in downtown Alton on June 21? Don't miss your chance to see this great summer concert! . . . . #SteveMiller | #MartyStuart| #LiveMusic | #ClassicCountry |#ClassicRock | #Summer | #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois

  April 20, 2019
 

The Meeting of the Great Rivers is full of smiles and great memories! 📷: @karinaburgener

  April 18, 2019
 

Roll the windows down and enjoy the nice breeze. Take a weekend and enjoy the adventures along the Great River Road. 📷: Mark Meyer . . . . #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois | #GreatRiverRoad | #MississippiRiver | #JoyRide | #RoadTrip | #Discover | #Tourist | #Travel | #WeekendWarrior

  April 14, 2019
 

Spring moments make great memories. Trek nature trails in our region to make your trip unforgettable. . . . . . #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois | #Monarch | #Pollinator | #MississippiRiver | #Spring | #Outdoors | #Wildlife | #WildlifePhotography | #Nature |#Travel | #TravelGram

  April 10, 2019
 

Longer spring days mean more time to make lasting memories in the Meeting of the Great Rivers region. 📷: Scott Evers . . . . #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois | #OurAlton | #Sunset | #Springtime | #MississippiRiver | #River | #Bridge | #Travel | #Sunset_Lovers |#InstaNatureLovers | #Landscape | #Adventure

  April 08, 2019
 

Celebrate National #Beer Day with @oldbakerybeer, a certified organic brewery. Not only do they have great beer, they have seasonal menus and pride themselves on being locally sourced! . . . . . #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois | #CraftBeer | #Organic | #Sustainability | #CraftBeerLover | #CertifiedOrganic | #CraftBrewery | #Beerstagram | #HopCulture

  April 07, 2019
 

Lucy Haskel dreamed of the perfect playhouse. Her parents built it and now it's on the national list of historical homes. Visit Alton to see this architectural wonder and many others! . . . . #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois | #Historical | #DollHouse | #Historic | #Architecture | #ArchitectureLover

  April 05, 2019
 

Spring is the start of new outdoor adventures! Get your #WeekendWarrior fix by hiking, biking, and rock climbing at @explorepml 📷: @keithfolken . . . . . #EnjoyIllinois | #EnjoyGrafton | #VisitAlton | #RockClimbing | #Climbing | #DailyClimbingNews | #TimeToClimb | #TrainHardClimbHard | #Boulder | #ClimbingLife | #Hiking | #Outdoors | #OutdoorAdventure | #Travel | #TravelTip

  April 03, 2019
 

It's not just about the finished product for Mississippi Mud Pottery, but it's also about sharing the process. Stop in to see these Illinois makers' work. . . . . 📷: @dyvokolir #VisitAlton | #OurAlton | #EnjoyIllinois | #ILMade | #Pottery | #Skill | #Art |

  March 29, 2019
 

Even your furry best friend needs a weekend away. Bring your doggies along on a pet friendly trip to and around Alton. . . . . #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinois | #Dogs | #FurryFriends | #PeFriendly | #Pets | #Doggies | #RoadTrip | #WeekendAdventure | #Travelgram | #Travel

  March 27, 2019
 

The Piasa Bird, a dragon-like beast, terrorized people until Native Americans destroyed it. They then painted its image on the bluffs where it was seen and documented by Father Jacques Marquette in 1673. Today, you can learn the legend and see a replica painting in Alton, Illinois. . . . . . #VisitAlton | #EnjoyIllinios | #Legends | #PiasaBird | #Monster | #Prehistoric | #History | #HauntedAlton | #Biking | #BikeTrails | #Trails | #MississippiRiver

  March 24, 2019
 

Don't worry about the silent moments, nature will speak for itself while your at the Meeting of the Great Rivers. Photo by Andrew Dobson . . . . #VisitAlton | #VisitGrafton | #EnjoyIllinois | #Sunset | #Lighthouse | #RiverLife | #RiverTown | #PhotooftheDay | #Wanderlust | #TravelGram |#Nature | #Beautiful

  March 23, 2019
 

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