Communities

Located at the confluence of three great American rivers – the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri – the region is picturesque with stunning bluffs, quaint villages, rolling countryside, abundant wildlife and charming residents. The cities and towns "all around Alton" are part of Northern Madison, Jersey and Calhoun counties, as well as the 33-mile Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway.

Each byway community has scenic and historic qualities unique to their location. Alton is known for its gracious historic homes perched high on the bluffs, abundant historic sites and antique shops lining the downtown streets within view of the river. Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, Grafton's narrow Main Street bordered by specialty shops, a marina, flea market, and historic hotel capture the essence of a charming river town. Known as the "village where time stood still," the village of Elsah is one of the byway's most picturesque communities.

Come explore our communities and take the time to experience the river!

Spring

Spring is finally here and nature is alive at last! Blades of luscious green grass are dancing...

Summer

Get away to the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway all around Alton, Illinois for...

Fall

From beautiful fall color drives to a jaunt out into the apple orchard, an authentic autumn...

Haunted

Alton, this quaint river town, has become known as "One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in...

Holiday

Get into the holiday spirit with these chart-toppers that make the season bright at the Meeting of...

Eagle

Just 25 miles north of St. Louis on the Mississippi River, Alton, Ill., has become a winter home to...