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“Beautiful Mississippi River parkway drive”

Great Rivers Scenic Route
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Alton
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illinois
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful Mississippi River parkway drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Only 30 minutes from downtown St.Louis, the parkway drive along the Mississippi River from Alton to Grafton, Il, about 15 miles, is beautiful in all seasons. Winter brings the eagles to this area along the fish rich river & protective bluffs, spring shows the redbuds & dogwoods along the river, & foliage in the fall is remarkable.

Visited July 2014
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Missouri
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153 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“One of the best views in the area.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Driving along the River Road from Alton to Grafton (and beyond) is incredibly scenic. In Grafton you can drive to the top of the bluffs and get spectacular views of the rivers. Great bicycle path as well.

Stopping a a couple of the small towns on the way to Grafton is also worthwhile.

Visited July 2014
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Belleville, Illinois
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159 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

The drive along the Great River Road is beautiful. You have the river on one side & the bluffs on the other side. We went in July. It would probably be awesome to go in the fall when the leaves turn color.

Visited July 2014
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Lady Lake, Florida
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80 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

The drive along river is beautiful with the high bluffs. Just a nice and peaceful drive.So many places along the way to stop and look around.

Visited July 2014
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Bunker Hill, Illinois
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beauty of Nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

If you enjoy the beauty of nature, this excursion is worth the trip. Take the ride from Alton to Grafton, or even further north through Illinois farmland and bluffs. This is mile after mile of river, bluffs, eagle watching, biking, hiking, jogging, and the view in the fall is easily as beautiful as an I have seen elsewhere.
There are antique shops, restaurants, wineries, camping locations, a state park, and many amenities along the way. See the Piasa Bird, eagle watch, spend a day at Raging Rivers Water Park,visit historic Chataqua, browse the shops in Grafton, or hike the trails at Pere Marquette State Park.
You'll be glad you spent time here.

Visited June 2014
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