Time and again visitors are drawn to America's rivers longing for adventures, a sense of the past, and the days of leisurely, family vacations and relaxing drives. Return to a time of simplicity and American values along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway where the Mighty Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers converge all around Alton, Illinois.
The Great River Road, which is over 2,000 miles long, runs along the Mississippi River past 10 states and hundreds of historic, river towns. Certain portions of the Great River Road have been designated as a national scenic byway including the 33-mile stretch from Hartford to Grafton, Illinois. This beautiful, scenic portion is know as the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway.
The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway (The Great River Road in Illinois) is truly a Midwestern treasure with beautiful stretches of roadway cradled by the rolling waters of the Mighty Mississippi River and majestic limestone river bluffs. As you drive along the byway, you will find that the beauty of the region is a materpiece of nature with whistling birds, colorful trees, unique plants and etched river bluffs. The Alton region is a the perfect place for that perfect weekend getaway from Chicago for families or couples!