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  • Exploring exhibits at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center near Hartford, Illinois
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    Alton: Meeting of the Great Rivers

  • The Greek-revival Nauvoo Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois
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    Nauvoo: Small Town, Rich Cultural Experiences

  • Showcasing farming machinery at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois
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    Moline: Riverside Landmarks

  • Taking a walk on historic Main Street in Galena, Illinois
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    Galena: Friendly Small Town with Historic Charm

Cruising along the Mississippi River on the Great River Road in Illinois
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Illinois’ Great River Road: Scenic Stops along the Mississippi River

  • Route distance:
    570 km
  • Suggested Time:
    3 days

Cruise through riverside communities and historic attractions on a road trip along Illinois’ Great River Road.

This National Scenic Byway spans 885 kilometers along Illinois’ western border and the fourth longest river in the world – the Mississippi River. Explore charming downtown locales, scenic stops and historic landmarks as you take an idyllic drive that the United Kingdom’s Wanderlust Magazine named one of the Top 50 Trips of 2017.