Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!


Arts Festival in Canton

Illinois Scenic Byways

Starved Rock Lodge


Grandview Drive
Grandview Drive & Route 29, Peoria, IL 61603

Named the "World's Most Beautiful Drive" by Theodore Roosevelt when he visited Peoria on October 10, 1910, Grandview Drive Grand View is revered as one of the most beautiful drives in the Illinois River Valley because of its breathtaking views of the river and the many historic and remarkable homes lining it. In addition to several scenic overlooks, Grandview Drive has parks and picnic benches, as well as access to hiking trails (the Pimiteoui Trail will take you to Forest Park Nature Center).

Grandview Drive is listed as a Historic Landmark. Other historic elements in this linear park include the WWI Memorial, The Pavilion, Cement Bridge and nine maintained overlooks of the Illinois River Valley.

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GPS: 40.4331, -89.3314
Phone: 309-681-2902

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