Down by the Riverside

  • Start: Hartford, IL
  • End: Collinsville, IL
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:35
  • Total Mileage: 76 Miles
  • Number of stops: 9


Just like explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, you'll discover history and mystery in Alton, Illinois. Begin at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center to learn about their journey to the Pacific. The National Great Rivers Museum explains how the mighty Mississippi River has shaped the region's geography and culture. Alton, Illinois, is a haunted town. History & Hauntings Book Co. stocks ghost-related texts and hosts tours of the region's spooky sites. Sink your teeth into history at My Just Desserts, serving homemade pies since 1846. South of Alton, Illinois, off I-255 is Cahokia Mounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving a prehistoric city. Follow the Mississippi northwest to pretty river towns Elsah, Illinois, and Grafton, Illinois. Families love picking seasonal fruits at Eckert's Orchard. Explore by bike or boat rental from Grafton Canoe and Kayak. Downtown Grafton's Ruebel Hotel and the state park's Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center are both historic stays.

Stop #1:

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
Hartford, IL

Stop #2:

My Just Desserts-Alton
Alton, IL

Stop #3:

History & Hauntings Book Co.
Alton, IL

Stop #4:

National Great Rivers Museum
Alton, IL

Stop #5:

Ruebel Hotel
Grafton, IL

Stop #6:

Eckert's Orchard
Grafton, IL

Stop #7:

Grafton Canoe and Kayak
Grafton, IL

Stop #8:

Pere Marquette State Park
Grafton, IL

Stop #9:

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Collinsville, IL

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