Regions & Cities

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
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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.

Regional Highlights
Discover sites that reveal the charm and mystique of Great Rivers Country.
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  • Fort de Chartres State Historic Site

    CITY: Prairie du Rocher

  • Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

    CITY: Hartford

  • Pere Marquette State Park

    CITY: Grafton

  • Eagle Watching in Alton

    CITY: Alton

  • Main Street Galena

    CITY: Galena

  • Galena Cellars Vineyard

    CITY: Galena

  • John Deere Pavilion & Store

    CITY: Moline

  • Caterpillar Visitors Center

    CITY: Peoria

  • Spirit of Peoria

    CITY: Peoria

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.

Local Highlights
  • Main Street Galena

    CITY: Galena

  • Galena Cellars Vineyard

    CITY: Galena

  • The Inn at Irish Hollow

    CITY: Galena

  • Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

    CITY: Galena

  • DeSoto House Hotel

    CITY: Galena

  • Fried Green Tomatoes

    CITY: Galena

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.

Local Highlights
  • John Deere Pavilion & Store

    CITY: Moline

  • Celebration River Cruises

    CITY: Moline

  • Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District

    CITY: Rock Island

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.

Local Highlights
  • Spirit of Peoria

    CITY: Peoria

  • Caterpillar Visitors Center

    CITY: Peoria

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.

Local Highlights
  • Melvin Price Locks & Dam

    CITY: Alton

  • National Great Rivers Museum

    CITY: Alton

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