Time and again visitors are drawn to America's rivers longing for adventure, a sense of the past, and the days of leisurely vacations and relaxing drives. Return to a time of simplicity and American values along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway where the Mighty Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers converge. The 33-mile Meeting of the Great Rivers Byway begins in Hartford at the intersection of Illinois Route 3 and New Poag Road. The byway winds west and north via Illinois Routes 3, 143 and 100. Illinois Route 100 leads you through Alton and bends along the forested river bluffs, approximately 25 miles, to its ending point in Grafton at Pere Marquette State Park. Delightful detours can be found all along Rte. 100 as you explore the quaint byway communities of Godfrey, Elsah and Grafton. The designation of the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway has brought national attention to the spectacular scenery, archeological finds, historic happenings, cultural experiences and memorable recreation. Recently, the byway was named as one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois". Taking a drive along the byway and its communities is a new encounter each time you the region. We hope that you enjoy the ride through the Alton region along mile after magnificent mile of one of Illinois' most scenic byways.
Click here to download a copy of the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway brochure to guide you on your journey, or call 1-800-258-6645 to request a free copy.
Click here to read the Meeting of the Great Rivers Byway Interpretive Plan in PDF format.
Click here to read the Meeting of the Great Rivers Byway's Corridor Management Plan in PDF format.