All roads lead to the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway.

At the hub of the region is Alton, Illinois, just 25 miles north of St. Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River. By car, you can easily reach us via several interstates, and Amtrak has a convenient rail stop right here. Alton is conveniently located 20 miles from St. Louis Lambert International Airport and minutes from the St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto.

Whether you’re traveling pleasure is trains, planes or automobiles, Alton has the answer:

  • Fun forms of travel like car ferries at Golden Eagle, Brussels, Grafton and Kampsville
  • Close, reliable rental car options
  • Limousines and the like if you want to class it up
  • Tours, trains and cabs for local flavor


Amtrak National Rail Service has daily service from St. Louis to Chicago, with two stops – in Alton and Carlinville – in the Great Rivers & Routes region. Enjoy the spirit of a road trip without the hassles.


From small to super-sized, three airports service the Great Rivers & Routes region. Fly into the Litchfield Municipal Airport, St. Louis Regional Airport and St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Book your flight today!

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