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When's the Best Time to See Eagles? Apparel

It's cold outside and that can mean only one thing: the American Bald Eagles have returned to the Meeting of the Great Rivers region! Every year, hundreds of bald eagles find the area between Alton, Godfrey, Calhoun County and Grafton a great place ...



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Small Town -- Big Party Lodging

Move over Mardi Gras … Wordi Gras is coming to town. Wordi Gras in Worden, IL Billed as a “Redneck Mardi Gras,” Wordi Gras takes to the streets of Worden, IL on Saturday, March 2 bringing thousands of party goers to the tiny ...



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Underground Railroad Trail Through ... Orchards & Gardens

Commemorate the heritage and black history of the Alton region with a tour along the "Alton Route" of the Underground Railroad. There were no railroad tracks or trains present, just the sounds of the footsteps of runaway slaves escaping to their ...



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Eagle Watching on the Scenic Byway Eagle Watching

The crisp cool air and open waters of the Mississippi Flyway are a refuge for eagles, trumpeter swans and visitors alike in Alton, Illinois. Just 25 miles north of St. Louis on the Mississippi River, Alton has become a winter home to the ...



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Follow the Great Rivers & Routes Coffee ... Lodging

A good cup of coffee is both a science and an art. Just ask the barristas and coffee connoisseurs at local coffee shops. Frozen. Over Ice. Latte. Mocha. Cappuchino. Artistic roasts. Individual house blends. The lexicon of the coffee world is as ...



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Skate With Us This Winter Shopping

As the water begins to freeze at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi River, the Loading Dock Ice Rink offers a place like no other to celebrate ice and winter right on the riverfront.  Embrace the cold with that special someone or ...



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Be An Official Eagle Watcher Eagle Watching

Become an "Official Eagle Watcher" this winter during Eagle Season and receive a free Eagle Watching T-Shirt! From January through early March, the American Bald Eagle travels along the Mississippi River to its winter home providing eagle watching ...



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Alton Audubon Eagle Festival Apparel

The temperature has dropped and so have the leaves. Bird watchers near and far know just what that means … eagle season! In previous years hundreds of American Bald Eagles have returned along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic ...



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Top Spots to go Antiquing Along Route ... Lodging

Antique enthusiasts will want to stop frequently while traveling along Route 66 and the Great River Road for the bounty of local shops, markets and malls from Virden to Edwardsville in the Great Rivers & Routes region. If you’re the type ...



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Get Your Dish on Route 66 Lodging

Hit the top spots to eat along the country's most iconic roadway — Route 66. From classic greasy spoons to unexpected fine dining, here’s where to dine along the Mother Road in southwest Illinois. Route 66 has been an enduring icon of ...



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Get Your Instagram Kicks on Route 66 Orchards & Gardens

Illinois’ The Great Rivers area is also home to great drives thanks to its location along the final leg of Route 66 in Illinois. This stint of the Mother Road has everything from soda fountains to giant rabbits, elephants and catsup bottles ...



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Take a Trip on Route 66 Lifestyle & Culture

Kick back, relax and take a drive along the Mother Road, Old Route 66 all around Macoupin and Madison Counties. There are more than 30 different sites to see along Route 66 from Livingston and Staunton to Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and the Old Chain ...



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