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Great Rivers Country

The Mississippi and Illinois rivers may have carved the rolling landscape into this western region of Illinois. But it’s the locals who brought the charming touches that have endured here for centuries. Today, you can experience historic nineteenth-century towns, sip wine in vineyards and explore everything from French forts to ancient civilizations.

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Galena
Quad Cities
Peoria
Alton / Grafton
Great Rivers Country
Chicago & Beyond

Chicago & Beyond

Explore world-class attractions and nearby state parks, theme parks and quaint downtowns.

Land of Lincoln

Land of Lincoln

Experience the living history of Abe Lincoln and Route 66 in this central region of Illinois.

Trails to Adventure

Trails to Adventure

Enjoy hiking, biking, golfing and wine tasting set against some of the most stunning scenery in Illinois.

Galena

A cozy small town satisfies big-city tastes.

Nestled in the Mississippi River Valley, Galena strikes the perfect balance between historical charm and modern-day style. Carefully preserved nineteenth-century buildings house attractions, restaurants and inns. You could easily spend a full day shopping here—and another day golfing, kayaking on the river, and tasting wine in nearby vineyards.

Moline/Rock Island

Neighboring cities bring an urban vibe to the heartland.

John Deere's remarkable legacy thrives in Moline at a reimagined hands-on pavilion along the mighty Mississippi. Nearby Rock Island is home to a lively nightlife scene centered around the District, a downtown pedestrian mall that lights up with restaurants, clubs and a playhouse set in historic buildings.

Peoria

A timeless river city becomes a tourist haven.

A transformed riverfront, teeming with restaurants, shops and a stunning new museum, gives Peoria a new attitude—and fresh appeal. Beyond the riverfront, you’ll discover antique shopping, scenic drives, farm-to-table cuisine and charming hotels that tempt you to stay a bit longer.

Alton/Elsah/Grafton

Home to antiques, inns and migrating eagles.

The Mississippi River has long attracted migrating eagles here. But it's the cluster of river towns that attract so many visitors. Alton boasts great antique shops, B&Bs and historic tours. Charming Elsah is a town seemingly frozen in time. And Grafton is home to a haunted hotel, a winery and Pere Marquette State Park.

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