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Cities & Towns in the Great Rivers & Routes Region

In the Midwest, and especially in the Great Rivers & Routes region, community matters.

Each Great Rivers & Routes community has its own flavor and style. From tiny Hillsboro’s rural fields full of crops and its hip, blossoming downtown, to urban Edwardsville’s LeClaire Historic District nestled between thriving shopping plazas, diversity shines throughout the area.

The region spans six counties and more than 30 cities and towns in Southwestern Illinois, and the list of events, activities and attractions in the area is as tall as the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle in Collinsville.

So whether you’re here to see the beautiful architecture on the Lewis & Clark Community College campus, stopping by Litchfield’s Ariston Café as you travel Route 66 or escaping to the peace and quiet of historic Elsah, be sure to check out everything the region has to offer. You don’t want to miss a thing!

Alton

Home to the world’s tallest man, a legendary man-eating bird and the site of Abraham...

Collinsville

From a gigantic catsup bottle to one of the largest pre-Columbian Native American settlements in...

Edwardsville

As Illinois’ third oldest city and home to five state governors, Edwardsville has cemented its...

Grafton

At the confluence of America’s two great rivers, the Mississippi and Illinois, the riverfront...

Glen Carbon

Just 15 minutes from Downtown St. Louis, Glen Carbon (which literally means Valley of Coal) is a...

Godfrey

Visitors to Godfrey can enjoy dozens of shops, tea-rooms and restaurants. Nature enthusiasts fall in...

Elsah

Nestled in the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Elsah was the first village in its entirety to be...

Troy

An early stagecoach stop for travelers going to and coming from St. Louis by way of the National...

Madison County

Nearly 270,000 residents call Madison County home and it’s no wonder why. From the rocky...

Macoupin County

Tucked between the Illinois state capitol and lively hustle and bustle of downtown St. Louis,...

Jersey County

Acres of woodlands, miles of sweeping hills and pastoral fields, massive limestone bluffs and, of...

Calhoun County

Welcome to Calhoun County! Calhoun County is a narrow peninsula of mostly high ground located...

Greene County

Its western boundary defined by the serene Illinois River, Greene County is 500-plus square miles of...

Montgomery County

With just 30,000 residents, Montgomery County sure has a lot going on. Just south of the state...