Riverview Park, Alton, IL

Flowing through America’s heartland, the Mississippi River provides a pathway for commerce and travel. As barges, trains and highway traffic move up and down the river, a power plant in the background provides electricity for the area.

The highway is one of the most scenic drives in the United States and is known as The Great River Road and stretches from Alton Illinois on past Pere Marquette Park. The drive provides a stunning vista of the Mississippi River and bluffs towering above the highway.

The highway will you take to places where you could spend the whole day: Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Historic Alton, Elsa, Grafton and Pere Marquette Park & Lodge. If you live in Missouri, there are ferries to take you home. Be sure to bring your camera!

Watch this blog for a series of photos from this area. Click the photo to see a larger version in my smugmug account.