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Top Spots for Spring Fishing in Southwest Illinois

Picture yourself sitting along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, fishing pole in hand, your line drifting in the water and dreams of snagging the perfect channel or blue catfish swimming around in your head. The skies are blue and the sun is warm. It’s almost a perfect day. Then your line jerks…

Top Golf Courses in Southwest Illinois

Dreaming of blades of luscious green grass blanketing the fairways? Pinch yourself because the grass is greener on golf courses throughout the six county Great Rivers & Routes region. Hit the greens early and spend a couple of days teeing off at the courses along the Great Rivers & routes Golf…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Enjoy a Pet-Cation in Southwest Illinois

Does your dog ever look at you like they are tired of running around in the same yard day after day? Do you ever get tired of doing your everyday ordinary routine? Then it sounds like you both need a vacation together! Why not make your next vacation a pet-cation and bring your best four-legged…