Hotels in Great Rivers Country

Stroll through historic vineyards, learn about French forts, and discover 19th century towns in Great Rivers County. Home to the towns of Galena, Moline, Rock Island, Peoria, and Grafton, this part of western Illinois is rich with history and culture. Many visitors head here to explore the iconic towns sitting along the Mississippi River and visit the John Deere Museum where you can learn about the agricultural legend. You’ll also find a modern-vintage arts district, playhouse, restaurants, and clubs around Moline and Rock Island.

If you find yourself in Galena, enjoy a few glasses of wine at area vineyards or hit the slopes for a day of skiing. Galena is also a popular destination for hiking activities, a beautiful hideaway set in the Mississippi River Valley. 

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Discover Historic Attractions in Great Rivers Country

Explore historic towns, enjoy a glass of wine at area vineyards, and see old French forts in Western Illinois. From Galena to Peoria, you can explore museums, local shops, riverfront attractions, and great restaurants scattered throughout this part of Illinois. Don’t miss a haunted tour in Alton to make the most of your experience.

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Learn About Illinois History at Area Museums

You’ll find dozens of museums throughout Western Illinois and can take a self-guided or docent tour of the sites to learn about significant events that have shaped the history of the area. Visit sites like the John C. Flanagan House Museum or the Pettengill - Morron House Museum for a taste of history.

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Enjoy a Taste of Nature with an Outdoor Adventure in Great Rivers Country

Explore the great outdoors and enjoy a taste of nature with a trip to the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway or hit the slopes for a skiing adventure in Galena during the winter months. This part of Illinois provides a wealth of opportunities to go hiking and enjoy activities around the water.

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Discover Western Illinois with Road Trips and Tours

Map out an itinerary for a road trip or tour through western Illinois so you can see some of the unique attractions, historic sites, and legendary neighborhoods of the region. You can discover wineries in Galena, drive around the bluffs in Grafton, or take a tour of the modern-vintage arts district in Rock Island.

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Enjoy a Few Shopping Excursions in Western Illinois

Beyond the attractions and natural sites in Western Illinois are some charming neighborhoods where you’ll find dozens of boutique shops and locally owned stores ripe for exploring. Pick up handmade gifts, souvenirs, or some of the latest fashions at area shops and malls. Buy locally made wine at area wineries and craft beer creations at area breweries.

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Break Away for Sports Activities in Western Illinois

From championship golf courses in Galena to sporting events in the city of Moline, you’ll find plenty of ways to get your fix of your favorite sports in Western Illinois. Enjoy a few rounds of golf, head off on a hiking adventure, or watch teams in action at local recreation centers for a fun day of activities.

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