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Walking Tour: Small-Town Charm in Downtown Edwardsville, IL

Take a stroll through Edwardsville's historic Main Street district. Get your sunshine (and steps!) while you check out historic architecture, grab a coffee or some local Breakfast Rice, hunt for the perfect running shoes and more. • A good starting off point in Edwardsville is the 1820 Colonel…

10 Reasons to Visit Great Rivers & Routes in 2020

It's that time of year again when we all resolve that the new year will be better. That it will be different. And, of course, those resolutions are tough to keep! Make the resolution process easier and more rewarding this year by visiting the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois. The…

Some Like It Hot! Top Chili Spots Near St. Louis

Let’s face it, when the temperatures drop and the air is nippy, there is nothing better than a hot bowl of chili. And restaurants throughout the Great Rivers & Routes region know that better than most. From secret recipe chili at Taylor’s Mexican Chili Parlor in Carlinville to the hot and oh so…

Experience Collinsville

Ciao! Welcome to Collinsville, Illinois. World famous for its enormous 170-foot Brooks Catsup Bottle water tower and its stature as the horseradish capital of the world, the community is rich in Italian heritage and offers visitors a wide array of delightful, historic and intriguing attractions…

Get Your Dish on Route 66

Hit the top spots to eat along the country's most iconic roadway — Route 66. From classic greasy spoons to unexpected fine dining, here’s where to dine along the Mother Road in southwest Illinois. Route 66 has been an enduring icon of cross-country travel for decades thanks to the quirky and…

Welcome to Grafton

Sweeping views of the majestic Mississippi and Illinois rivers are just one reason Grafton, Illinois stands out from the crowd as a vibrant river town planted at the confluence of America’s two great waterways. Located just minutes from the St. Louis region by river ferry or 30 minutes north of St…

Why You Need to Experience Grafton This Weekend

Sweeping views of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers is just one reason Grafton, Illinois stands out from the crowd as a vibrant river town planted at the confluence of America’s two great waterways. Located just minutes from the St. Louis region by river ferry or 30 minutes north of St. Louis…

They're Back! Trumpeter Swans Return to Their Winter Home

It's a peaceful image: Trumpeter Swans gliding along the waters in the early morning sunrises. That image is now reality as literally hundreds of swans find their way to the Meeting of the Great Rivers and their winter homes. Significant populations of the birds are found in the bays and inlets…

Alton Restaurant Week Jan. 17 - 26, 2020

Hungry for a new adventure? Then look no further than the Ninth Annual Alton Restaurant Week which kicks off Jan. 17 and runs through Jan. 26. Twenty-five locally owned and operated restaurants in Alton, East Alton, Godfrey, Grafton and Bethalto will showcase the best of the best for diners looking…

Be An Official Eagle Watcher

Become an "Official Eagle Watcher" this winter during Eagle Season and receive a free Eagle Watching T-Shirt! From January through early March, the American Bald Eagle travels along the Mississippi River just outside St. Louis to its winter home providing eagle watching opportunities not seen…