Fascinating finds in the Land of Lincoln

There are some fantastic places to visit on and near the Great River Road in Illinois. Here are a few of the great attractions along the river.

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Main Street Galena, Illinois
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Main Street Galena, Illinois
Community | Appealing Downtown Area
The historic town of Galena was a bustling hub for steamboats and lead mining during the 1800s. Shop the charming Main Street, noted for its 19th century buildings that today house modern shops, galleries and restaurants. Take a tour of the area with Galena Trolley Tours. Docents provide the inside scoop on local landmarks and historic sites such as the Ulysses S. Grant Home. Have lunch at Fried Green Tomatoes, an upscale Italian restaurant that was once a leather shop owned by Grant’s family.

Galena is a lost-in-time hamlet that lures visitors with its shopping, dinning and attractions. Stroll along Main Street and browse our 101 mom ‘n’ pop shops including many art galleries, antiques stores, and eclectic boutiques. 

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John Deere Pavilion
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John Deere Pavilion
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
Moline is the hometown of farming hero John Deere. Learn how he changed the world’s agricultural landscape at the John Deere Pavilion and John Deere Collectors Center. Enjoy a dinner and dance cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the 800-passenger Celebration Belle. Afterwards, roll the dice at Jumer’s Casino Rock Island, a three-deck riverboat right on the Mississippi.

The John Deere Pavilion offers an up-close look at the company’s global businesses and products, rich history and heritage, and solutions for the challenges of providing food and infrastructure to the world’s growing population. Interactive displays,…

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Historic Nauvoo Visitor Center
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Historic Nauvoo Visitor Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
Nauvoo is a river town that’s rich in Mormon history. Visit the Joseph Smith Historic Site, which traces the Latter-day Saints movement in 1840s Nauvoo. Join a guided walk or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the site to see such Mormon landmarks as the Brigham Young Home and the Smith Homestead. Have lunch at nearby Thyme & Seasons Restaurant.

Step into the most modern building in Old Nauvoo to see a large diorama of the entire area; watch short video vignettes on screens next to exhibits; relax in the lobby; watch an informative movie in one of two comfortable theaters; get…

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National Great Rivers Museum
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National Great Rivers Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
Complete your Mississippi River experience in Alton at the National Great Rivers Museum, located on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. The museum illustrates the history and important transportation role of the Mississippi through interactive exhibits and displays. The museum is located at the Melvin Price Locks & Dam, which is open to the public for guided tours. Have lunch at Castelli’s Moonlight Restaurant, an Alton dining tradition for more than 60 years. Afterwards, make tracks to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in nearby Hartford. See a replica of Camp River Dubois and a full-scale model of the keelboat that the explorers used to set out on their journey from Illinois.

The flagship of  the Riverlands  interpretive,  outreach,  and education  efforts  is  the  National  Great  Rivers  Museum. Here  you  can  connect  with  the  Mississippi  River  and  better  understand  how  it  affects  your  daily life.…

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1 Main Street Galena, Illinois
2 John Deere Pavilion
3 Historic Nauvoo Visitor Center
4 National Great Rivers Museum