Driving up the The Great River Road outside of Alton, Illinois is a great experience. Driving from Alton, though Grafton on to Pere Marqutte State Park you will find great restaurants, wineries, bed and breakfasts and a spectacular view of the Mississippi River. Be sure to stop along the way to see the Bald Eagles and Pelicans.

A few miles north of Grafton is the Pere Marquette Lodge, a WPA project from the 30’s. The beautiful lodge is surrounded by these little cabins that are available for rent for the night as shown in this photo. This is a great place to hike, visit the park or explore nearby Grafton. Take your camera!