Visitors Guide to
Seasonal Activities and Attractions
in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
   
  Orchards and Farmers Markets
The abundance of local orchards, pick your own operations, roadside stands, and local farmers' markets of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway region provide fruits and vegetables have traveled less than 50 miles or might have been grown on the spot. The first fruits make their appearance in mid June. Apples and pumpkins are available into October.
  Fall Colors
Beginning in late September and lasting until early November the region comes alive with spectacular fall colors. A variety of ways to view nature's beauty awaits visitors that traverse the Great River Road that travels over the bluffs and through the river towns. The regions abundance of parks and natural areas offer breathtaking vistas from scenic overlooks and hiking trails. The fall season is also the busiest season in the area for festivals and other activities. There are harvest festivals, reenactments, scarecrow contests, guided nature hikes, and more.
  Bald Eagles
From the middle of December to the middle of March the Middle Mississippi River Valley hosts the second largest overwintering Bald Eagle population in the continental United States. Peak numbers of eagles occur in January and February. A number of organizations and communities host entertaining and educational programs that allow visitors to get up close and personal with our national symbol as well as see them in their natural habitat.
  Spring Blossoms
Beginning in late March the first wildflowers of the season start to bloom. April and May is the season for the area's flowering trees.
   
FEATURED ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Historic
Elsah, Illinois
Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site
Jacoby Arts Center
Alton, Illinois
Sam Vadalabene
Bike Trail
     



 
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