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Welcome to the Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway - a 550-mile route along the Mississippi River on Illinois' western border. The byway offers breathtaking views and majestic Midwestern landscapes with glimpses into Illinois' history. The towns and cities along the byway offer attractions, local dining, shopping and outdoor recreation experiences. If your travels bring you through Chicago, there is a fly/drive itinerary below to help get your trip planning started, and view the byway videos to see some of the highlights of the Great River Road.