Great Rivers & Routes

There’s only one place in the U.S. where the Mother Road of Route 66 meets the Great River Road and that’s in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois.

This is a land full of outdoor adventures including kayaking along the mighty Mississippi River; flying down river bluffs on Illinois’ only Alpine Coaster; taking a hike along the hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails; and uncovering the state’s largest park – Pere Marquette State Park.

It’s a place where giants of all kinds can be found including a massive pink fiberglass elephant; Robert Wadlow — the World’s Tallest Man; and jazz great Miles Davis. Discover the Last 100 Miles of Route 66 and its classic Post Card Mural Trail and mighty Monument Trail. Explore the Great River Road’s quaint river communities and outdoor fun.

Experience a place where three mighty rivers, four scenic byways and outdoor adventure come together. It’s all found in southwest Illinois, just outside of St. Louis.