Cahokia MoundsCahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Collinsville Road & Ramey Street

(618) 346-5174

A designated World Heritage Site, Cahokia Mounds features a 2,200-acre tract, punctuated by 68 man-made mounds that hold the remains of the most sophisticated pre-historic Indian civilization north of Mexico. Approximately 20,000 inhabitants lived in the Mounds’ extensive residential sections. Tours, trails, picnic facilities, playgrounds and an Interpretive Center are available. Gift shop. Group Tours.



Long Hollow Scenic Overlook


One mile west of 84 and Route 20

(800) 747-9377 (Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The tower stands over 100 feet and provides a spectacular 360 degree view of Jo Daviess County countryside. Stand at any one of the three platforms and imagine some of the first settlers to inhabit "God’s Country," such as Chief Black Hawk, the lead miners, steam captains and early farmers. Great photo opportunities.






Enjoy 19th-century charm and picturesque stone cottages in this historic river town offering stunning views of the Mississippi.  Elsah is located on the Great River Road but is part of the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway.




Heritage Canyon

515 North Fourth Street

(815) 589-4545

This 12-acre quarry located on the Mississippi River has been restored and features a furnished mid-1800 settlement.




Fulton's Dutch WindmillFulton’s Dutch Windmill "De Immigrant"

First Street and Tenth Avenue

(815) 589-4545

A rare find along the Great River Road Scenic Byway, this authentic Dutch windmill was designed, manufactured and assembled in the Netherlands, and transported to Fulton and reassembled by Dutch craftsmen. The 90-foot tall windmill stands proudly along the Mississippi River and is fully operational, where visitors can enjoy touring the interior. The Dutch Windmill standing along the banks of the Mississippi River offers a beautiful sightseeing opportunity.



Galena Main StreetGalena Main Street/Downtown Galena

(800) 464-2536 (Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Step back in time and stroll down Main Street among 19th-century architecture where you’ll find many buildings representing the Civil War era. Shops, stores and restaurants comprise most of Main Street, but you’ll find historic and architectural treasures within walking distance of Main Street including the Dowling House, Galena Post Office & Customs House, the Old Market House and more. Wonderful guided tours such as Galena Trolley Tours (314 S. Main Street), Galena/Jo Daviess County History Museum tour (downtown Galena) and Brill’s Trolley Tours (102 N. Main Street).


Illinois City

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

19408 Loud Thunder Road

(309) 795-1040

Located along the banks of the Mississippi River and Lake George, seven miles west of Andalusia, Loud Thunder Forest Preserve offers wonderful sightseeing and recreation for all visitors. The 1,600-acre forest preserve offers hiking, fishing, camping, sightseeing and boat rentals.




Old Chain of Rocks BridgeOld Chain of Rocks Bridge

Chain of Rocks Road

(314) 416-9930

Part of the original Route 66, the bridge is now the world’s longest biking/pedestrian bridge. Great views of the Mississippi River.





Maeystown General Store(800) 458-6020  This German heritage village has more than 60 significant buildings dating back to the 1800’s. Stroll through an entire village listed in the National Register of Historic Places.





John Deere PavilionJohn Deere Pavilion

15th Street and River Drive

(309) 765-1000

From a small blacksmith shop in the 1830’s in Grand Detour, Illinois, to one of the largest manufacturers in the world of agricultural equipment, the John Deere Pavilion provides an awesome display of towering modern-day farming machinery as well as a historical depiction of agriculture through interactive kiosks. Climb aboard a massive modern-day combine or stroll among the interactive kiosks that not only tell the story of farming, but the history of America. The John Deere Store is steps from the Pavilion, and offers a unique blend of American memorabilia including toys, clothing, artwork, antiques and more.  Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse offers tasty specialty dishes and is located next to the John Deere Store.

Butterworth Memorial Parkway

River Drive, East of the Interstate 74 Bridge

(309) 524-2424

Part of the Great River Trail running through the heart of Moline, along the Mississippi River, this beautiful 2.2 mile parkway offers spectacular sightseeing. Three playgrounds, a marina, restaurants, two boat launches, bike paths and a picnic area are available for your enjoyment.





Nauvoo Main Street(877) NAUVOO-1

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Nauvoo is often considered to be the most accurately restored and intact historic town in the entire country, offering an exciting and educational opportunity for sightseers. Visitors can see the richness of the "utopia on the prairie," with its vineyards, antiquing and B&Bs. Stroll to the old post office, the 1840’s print shop and the delicious bakery making gingerbread cookies and more.


Prairie Du Rocher

Fort de ChartresFort de Chartres State Historic Site

1350 State Route 155

(618) 284-7230

Stroll among one of the oldest buildings still standing in Illinois. Experience a great stone fort built in 1753, complete with bastions and gatehouse, musket ports, cannon embrasures, guard’s house and king’s storehouse. The storehouse is home to the fort’s museum and research library.



Clat Adams ParkClat Adams Bicentennial Park

Front & Hampshire Streets

(800) 978-4748 (Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Enjoy a beautiful scenic view of the Mississippi River amongst two acres of green grass, flowers, a gazebo and fountains. A boat launch is available to anyone who wants to enjoy the scenic beauty from the Mississippi.


Dr. Eell's HouseEast End Historic District

(800) 978-4748 (Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The East End Historic District features a grand collection of houses of every period and style since 1850. The corner of 16th and Maine Streets was once described by National Geographic Magazine as one of the ten most architecturally significant corners of the U.S.

Northwest Historic District

(800) 978-4748 (Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau)

This was the popular location to build large mansions in the late 19th and 20th centuries, with most of the homes located on the bluffs with magnificent views of the Mississippi River. The former Heidbreder-Hagemann Drug Store at 100 North 5th Street is a wonderful example of 20th century commercial and residential structures.


Rapids City

Mississippi Rapids TICMississippi Rapids Welcome Center

I-80 – Rock Island

(309) 496-2124

The Mississippi Rapids Welcome Center sits on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and offers travel information for your trip down the Great River Road in Illinois Scenic Byway. Restrooms and picnic areas are available.



Rock Island

Black Hawk StatueBlack Hawk State Historic Site

1510 46th Avenue, Route 5

(309) 788-0177

This site features a 200-acre nature preserve and trails, as well as the Hauberg Indian Museum.






Quad City Botanical Center

2525 Fourth Avenue

(309) 794-0991

This conservatory features tropical plants, gardens, waterfalls and is kid friendly.



Sunset Park

18th Avenue and the Mississippi River

(309) 732-PARK

The 250 acres of wooded parkland offers the perfect vantage point for bald eagle watching. A symbol of freedom, the bald eagles awe visitors who visit Sunset Park on winter mornings. An overlook tower, picnic area, playground and bike path are available to enjoy during spring, summer and fall.



Thebes CourthouseThebes Courthouse

409 Oak Street

(618) 764-2658

A hand-hewn stone courthouse built in 1845; the courthouse crowns a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.


Dubuque, IA

  National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 E. Third Street Harbor

(563) 557-9545

Just across the river from Galena, meet explorers, pilots and riverboat gamblers in life-sized exhibits covering 300 years of river history. See the sidewheeler William M. Black, a 277-foot dredge boat that is now a National Landmark.