Western Illinois

Great Rivers Country

Adventure through historic nineteenth-century towns, sip wine in vineyards and explore everything from French forts to ancient civilizations.


The picturesque main street in downtown Galena, Illinois.

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    Carefully preserved nineteenth-century buildings set into the Mississippi River Valley paint the backdrop of this northwest hideaway. Shop the iconic downtown, sip wine at local vineyards, visit championship golf courses, hit the slopes for a day of skiing or explore the lush rivers and hiking trails dotted throughout the area.
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    Moline/Rock Island

    John Deere's legacy thrives in Moline at a reimagined hands-on pavilion. Nearby Rock Island is home to the area’s vibrant nightlife, centered around a downtown pedestrian mall, lively restaurants and clubs, and a playhouse in the modern-vintage arts district.
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    Stay in one of Peoria’s historic hotels while you explore a transformed riverfront teeming with restaurants, bike trails, local shops and spectacular museums. Beyond the riverfront, you’ll discover shopping, scenic drives like the famous Grandview, farm-to-table cuisine and more.
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    Alton/Elsah/ Grafton

    Situated along the Mississippi River, these iconic river towns offer plenty to explore. Visit Alton for bald eagle watching and some of the best haunted tours in the Midwest, drive along the bluffs in Grafton on your way to Pere Marquette State Park and don’t miss the rich history in Elsah on your way out.
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