We have talked in the past about the “Mother Road” and other amazing routes in the state of Illinois however, no conversation is complete without mentioning the Great River Road. Making its way 2069 miles along the Mississippi River through the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin, this is one road which has earned its name. Find out more about this popular and historic river route in Illinois with us.
Follow the Mighty Mississippi as it makes its way through the state of Illinois from north to south on its way to the ocean.
Thousands of years of history can be found here along the Illinois Great River Road. A full 550 miles from the Wisconsin state line to the southern border of Illinois, this amazing American Byway takes visitors on a journey in time.
What to See
Dozens of museums in addition to historic sits, natural wonders and state beautiful natural areas as well as small towns and larger cities are found along this popular Illinois Route. Whether you stop to enjoy the views, learn more about John Deere, explore the history relating to Louis and Clark, early Native Americans or the mighty Mississippi itself, there is plenty to keep you busy for days or longer.
What to Do
Many who sight see along the Great River Road stop along the way to enjoy the river itself. Whether you choose to rent a boat for the afternoon or choose to find one of the many paddleboats or steamships which provide a unique look into the history of the Mississippi, you will have no trouble finding exactly what you are looking for.
Off the river, many visitors choose to explore on foot. Along the way, many state and national areas line the Great River Road providing mile after mile of natural scenic beauty. Natural areas like Tapley Woods, state parks like Morrison-Rockwood and Delabar in addition to historic sites such as Black Hawk State Historic Site, are just a few of the many popular recreational areas available to visitors for a few hours or even a few days.
An amazing road, the Great River Road is one of Illinois most popular destinations for travel each year. Find out what you have been missing and take a trip to the Great River Road.
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