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Great River Road

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300 Alby St
Alton, IL 62002
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My family has taken our "Autumn Trip" up the Great River Road for the last 41 years. It is a very special day with family, everyone in a rented van looking at the colors on the c...

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Spectacular views 10/10/2002

With nice bike trails, spectacular views of the river that Mark Twain loved, and nice towns dotting the expanse of this road, the Great River Road offers a nice family day trip or quick getaway from urban St. Louis. Crisp, sunny autumn days in Alton with the beautiful historic houses are definitely worth a trip! Pros: Short drive from City, Beautiful Foliage, Tourist Info Center Cons: Floods occassionaly, Some attractions busy, Some Railroads Nearby more

10 10/10/2002

My family has taken our "Autumn Trip" up the Great River Road for the last 41 years. It is a very special day with family, everyone in a rented van looking at the colors on the cliffs on the way up to the Whitman Hotel where we enjoy a great meal and then and stop at the many antique stores in Grafton on the way back. I would highly recommend it whether you drive, walk, or bike. more

Bikers Best 10/7/2002

Many Sundays I took a motorcycle ride along the Great River Road. I am not a bicycler often I can appreciate why this is the best spot. The trail offers a view of the river, bluffs, and trees. In the fall it is especially beautiful. The trail is near the highway with easy access points all along the river to jump on the trail. There are a few shops where bicycles can be rented. There are plenty of places to stop for a picnic and even a couple places where you can go to a local restaurant. No where else in the midwest or even in Virginia have I seen a place better suited to bicycling than the Great River Road to Pere Marquette park. The lodge is a great place to stay overnight before or after your ride. more

Watch For Eagles. 8/19/2002

The Great River Road is a very scenic drive, during the months of October throuth April you can see many bald eagles. more

Little Mixed Up 7/22/2002

FYI. Elsah is not between Pere Marquette State park and Grafton so it will be difficult to stop there first on the way south. Elsah is south of Grafton and between there and Alton. We wouldn't want to get anyone lost although we have to feed the Bald Eagles somehow. Pros: Majestic scenery, Free, Well maintained path Cons: highway crossings, far between services, Raging Rivers Park more
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  • Overview
    If a poll of St. Louisans was taken, asking about the best way to spend a Sunday, the answer would probably be the Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center and Botanical Gardens. These are all valid, reasonable answers. But a smaller, but nonetheless vocal number would insist on a bicycle ride along the Great River Road. Start at one of many spots, from Pere Marquette State Park downriver or Alton, Ill., upriver.

    The Experience
    Start at Pere Marquette, have brunch early and get a jump on the crowds. Once bicyclists have their fill of the Adirondack camp setting, they can head south along the river under towering limestone cliffs that provide an aerie for magnificent bald eagles. Continue south to Grafton, and find antique stores, gift shops and restaurants. Alton offers a great antiques district and some lunch stops as well.

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