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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…

5 Reasons to be Thankful in 2020

We know, we know. This hasn't been the greatest year. 2020 has been hard on everyone -- and yet, believe it or not, there were bright spots. We decided to put together a list of things to be grateful for this holiday season. Here is what we came up with: Community Adaptability Time Awareness…

Great Rivers & Routes Made Holiday Gift Guide

Have yourself a merry little Christmas this year. And make sure the holidays are bright with gifts from the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois. Local makers are in the holiday spirit this year and ready to put a little jingle in your holiday gift giving plans. Looking for that great…

Best Fall Hikes

Great Hikes to Take This Fall COVID taking a toll on your mental health? Take a walk. The Great Rivers & Routes region has the perfect prescription to help work off some of that pandemic stress with off-the-beaten path hiking trails sure to restore your equilibrium and keep you physically and…