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Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton

Best Places to Find Great Seafood

There's something about biting in to a fresh fish sandwich. Or enjoying a plate of scallops, salmon or other seafood delights at a local restaurant. It's that time of year again when we all want to enjoy a healthy fish meal and, at the same time, honor the Lenten season. The tradition of Lent…

Best Places to View American White Pelicans

Turn your eyes skyward or take a few moments to scan the Mississippi River right now and you are likely to see flocks of American White Pelicans flying high on air currents or bobbing lightly on river waves. Thousands of the migrating birds have landed in the Great Rivers & Routes region on their…

Eagle Watching in Southwest Illinois

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, the Great Rivers & Routes region has become a winter home to the eagles. Before dawn breaks on the…

Capture the Holiday Spirit at Bethalto Christmas Village

The holiday spirit is alive and well at the annual Bethalto Christmas Village. This year, due to COVID, the annual holiday event will be a strictly walk through light display but will continue to feature its signature Christmas-themed glass cottages. The city's Arboretum will be decorated with…

Give the Gift of Travel For the Holidays

Have a tricky person to buy for on your holiday gift list? Think outside the box this year and give the gift of travel. Be creative with gift certificates and create an escape to southwest Illinois that includes dining experiences and a packaged overnight stay. The Great Rivers & Routes region, just…

Give the Gift of Great Rivers & Routes Experiences

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays throughout the year with the gift of Great Rivers & Routes experiences. From water parks to opera, baseball to trampoline parks, live theater to live music -- there are plenty of outside the box gift experiences available for that hard-to-buy-for person on your…

Christmas Wonderland

Hear the sleigh bells jingle and see 4 million lights twinkle against the beautiful backdrop at Rock Spring Park's Christmas Wonderland. Back for another year to warm the hearts and holiday spirits of families and friends, the park will be lighting the way to another illuminating holiday season…