Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route

National Scenic BywayIllinois

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  • Fine Dining at the Fin Inn

    Colorful catfish play alongside a booth in the Fin Inn.

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  • Round Window Barn

    A pyramid of round windows stares from the side of this barn along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.

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  • A Wintery Street in Elsah

    A tall, straight pine tree provides some green in this shot of residential Elsah in the wintertime.

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  • Rustic Lodge at Columbine River State Park

    View of rustic lodge at Columbine River State Park or other CCC era building on byway.

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  • Eldred House, a historic home along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

    Picture of a spacious historic home known as the Eldred House located on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.

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    View of rustic lodge at Columbine River State Park or other CCC era building on byway.

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  • Bull Durham Mural in Collinsville

    This unique tobacco shop shows a painting of the store's mascot and the slogan, "Best for Three Generations".

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  • A Rustic Lodge

    View of rustic lodge at Columbine River State Park or other CCC era building on byway.

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  • Rustic Lodge at Pere Marquette State Park

    View of rustic lodge at Pere Marquette State Park or other CCC era building on byway. 2657_09

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  • Rustic lodge at Pere Marquette State Park

    View of rustic lodge at Pere Marquette State Park CCC era building on byway. 2657_07

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  • CCC Era Building

    View of rustic lodge CCC era building on byway.

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  • Rustic Lodge at Columbine River State Park

    A rustic lodge is seen through a window pane on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

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  • Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

    A roadside view of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

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  • The Corps of Discovery's Keelboat at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

    A man stands besides the 55-foot scale replica of the expedition's keelboat at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

  • Street in Historic Elsah

    A street in Elsah on the Meeting of the Great Rivers.

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  • Columbine River State Park

    This view shows a rustic lodge at Columbine River State Park or another CCC era building on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

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  • Columbine River Lodge

    This photo shows another view of a rustic lodge at Columbine River State Park.

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  • Information kiosk in Elsah.

    Find information about historic Elsah.

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  • A street in Elsah.

    Winter in Elsah on the Great River Road.

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  • Winter in Elsah.

    A street in Elsah on the Meeting of the Great Rivers.

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  • Pere Marquette State Park Lodge

    This photo captures a view of a rustic lodge at Pere Marquette State Park on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

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  • Drive the historic streets of Elsah.

    Shutters on the windows match the pine trees in this photo of Elsah in the wintertime.

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  • Horses graze in a field along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.

    Bed and breakfast and horses along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

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  • Information Kiosk

    Information kiosks will enhance your understanding of the byway.

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  • Family Fun at the Byway Information Site.

    A playground entices younger travelers to the byway information site near Grafton.

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  • Visitors stop for information.

    Visitors stop on a winter day at the byway information center on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.

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  • Visitors view an information kiosk

    Visitors view an information kiosk outside of Grafton on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.

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  • Information on the byway

    Information and pullout on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.

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  • Rustic Lodge

    View of rustic lodge at Columbine River State Park or other CCC era building on byway.

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  • Shild House

    The gray brick front of the Shild House still stands after many years.

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  • Pastoral scene along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

    Scene of agricultural area on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.

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  • Eldred Caves

    A rough stone pillar separates the entrance to the Eldred Caves.

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  • Samual Gates House

    Ivy branches climb the Samuel Gates House, a historic home along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

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  • Blue Heron in Lake

    A Blue Heron scans its surroundings in a lake near the meeting of three great rivers, the Missouri, Mississippi, and the Illinois.

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  • Road along the confluence of the Mississippi and the Illinois Rivers

    Beautiful fall colors decorate the winding road along the meeting of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

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  • Woodpecker at Work

    A fiery-headed woodpecker (possibly a Pilated Woodpecker) takes a break from drilling into a tree to pose for a photo.

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  • Eagle Surveying the Illinois River

    A noble eagle overlooks the Illinois River while perched on top of a snowy cliff.

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  • Autumn Colors in Alton, Illinois

    A sailboat glides on the blue water against a backdrop of gorgeous red, yellow, orange, and green leaves in Alton, Illinois, on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

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  • Haunted Tours at McPike Mansion

    A guided tour takes place at the notorious McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois, on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

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  • Politics in Art in Downtown Alton

    The last of seven debates between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln took place in front of Alton's city hall on October 15, 1858. Life-size statues of the two famous figures stand in downtown Alton.

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  • Chattering Eastern Kingbirds

    Three Eastern Kingbirds chatter with each other as they perch on a small tree in Illinois.

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  • Abraham Lincoln In Contemplation

    A dark bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln stands thinking in front of a sign welcoming visitors to Alton, IL.

  • Bluff Hikers

    Two hikers stand on the top of a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

  • Riverside Byway Below White Bluff in the Fall

    The colorful trees of autumn, a white shore and a bright blue sky frame the Meeting of the Great Rivers.

  • Winter along the Meeting of the Great Rivers

    Snow dusts the trees and ground at a lakeside residence.

  • Picnic on the Bluffs

    A group of friends picnic together on the green grass beside a gazebo with the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers visible in the distance behind them.

  • Piasa Bird Monument

    Visitors read an inscription about the Piasa Bird petroglyph in the background.

  • Piasa Bird

    The petroglyph of the historic Piasa Bird looks out over the Mississippi River.

  • Palisades

    The Meeting of the Great Rivers byway runs along the Mississippi River at the base of tall cliffs thickly covered in green trees.

  • Lovejoy Monument

    The three angels of the Lovejoy Monument stand guard over the green trees and gravestones of the cemetery.

  • Lookout Point

    A family stands on a boardwalk's viewing platform, looking out over the green trees and the Mississippi River in the distance.

  • Hartford Tower

    Two spires of the Hartford Tower stand before the pink and purple clouds of an Illinois sunset.

  • Lewis and Clark Illinois State Historic Site

    Four young boys crowd round an informational display in front of a replica ship from Lewis and Clark's expedition.

  • Confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

    The gray-blue waters of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers come together in the lush green land.