Carriage Ride to Inspiration Point

If you have a touch of the pioneering spirit, take a 55-minute horse-drawn carriage ride north of the Historic Nauvoo Visitors' Center and hear stories out of the past both amusing and somber.  After riding through a wooded area, you will stop at Inspiration Point that overlooks the mighty Mississippi at one of its widest points. Learn about the death of King Follett, close friend of Nauvoo's founder, Joseph Smith. 

This tour has long been a popular standard in Nauvoo!


Latitude: 40.553599 Longitude: -91.38939 Elevation: 578 ft
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Costs and Fees

Tickets are required but there is no charge.  Obtain tickets at the Visitors' Center. To reserve seats for a particular tour, call Guest Services at 217-577-2622.  The tour departs approximately every 30 minutes during the hours of operation. There are no tours after 4:00 pm. 

Seasons Open and Departure

May to September: Mon-Sat, 9am- 6pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm // Other Months: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm

Eco-Friendly Notes

The carriage is pulled by horses. 

Accessibility Notes

The carriage is able to accommodate a wheelchair with locking wheels if the chair can be lifted about one foot to get into the back of the carriage. Individuals with other mobility challenges should check with the guides about options for participating. They will do their best to accommodate visitors, but the carriage might not be suitable for everyone. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Since the horses pulling this carriage need to perform their duties without distractions, please do not bring pets onto this ride.  There are benches nearby where a member of your party may wait with any pets. 

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