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Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton

Why Alton is America's Most Haunted Small Town

It was a dark and stormy night ... well, maybe not so stormy but definitely dark ... as a group of fellow ghost hunting travelers walked through the Mississippi River town of Alton, IL seeking spirits, specters and spooks. That isn't an unusual sight in downtown Alton. The city is considered "One of…

Explore Great Rivers & Routes from A to Z

Oh the fun you can have and the places you will go -- when you explore the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois! Looking for fun? Adventure? Relaxation? The Great Rivers & Routes region (which includes six counties just outside St. Louis) has you covered. And just to make it a bit…

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…

Great River Road Fall Travel

Planning your next fall vacation? You’ll find plenty of things to do throughout the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois, this autumn. Visit the riverfront communities of Alton, Grafton, Godfrey and Elsah or the Route 66 attractions in Litchfield, Carlinville, Livingston, Collinsville…

Plan A Quiet Weekend Getaway in Southwest Illinois

A Quiet Weekend Getaway Spend a relaxing and fun weekend exploring charming towns and quaint local attractions from the comfort of a lovely B&B or boutique hotel. DAY 1 | Grafton Means Camping or Resorts, Wineries and a Historic Wooden Bar In Grafton, choose between being immersed in nature or…

Grafton Ferry: Enjoy a Trip to Grafton This Weekend

Catch the Grafton Ferry for your weekend getaway along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers! Enjoy a tranquil ferry ride across the Mississippi River to downtown Grafton. Sip wines at award winning wineries. Have a drink alongside the river at local restaurants. Shop until you drop at riverside…

Your Guide to Three Days of Fall Fun

Your Guide to Three Days of Fall Fun This autumn itinerary is packed with favorite fall activities from spooky to festive to stunning. DAY 1 9 A.M. | Sip Coffee at Maeva's In case you need a paranormal fix this season, head to the legendarily haunted Milton Schoolhouse, which has now been…

Fast Eddie's Bon Air in Alton, Illinois

Fast Eddie’s is perhaps one of the hottest bars in the Midwest. It has been noted as one of the best bars in the St. Louis area. SIGNATURE DISH: ½ pound Fat Eddie Burger & Big Elwood on a Stick Hours (Please Note: Due to COVID-19, hours may vary. Please call ahead for updated hours.) Monday -…

Come Out and Play This Fall

(Biking at Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield. Photo by John Locus) Cool breezes, the sun sparkling high in a brilliant blue sky, the scent of bonfires and marshmallows swirling through the air: Mother Nature is telling you it’s time to come out and play in the Great Rivers & Routes region. Grab your…