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Experience Authentic Midwestern America
The historical experiences, scenic habitats, and unique restaurants and shops along the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway are a rich collective of experience for visitors and residents alike. The possibilities for adventure are endless.
Traveling the Illinois River Road is a unique experience. Beyond the breathtaking views of the Illinois River Valley, there are also a wealth of natural, cultural and historical sites to explore.
Open the pages of this brochure to learn a bit more about each leg of the byway.
Guide to the Best Birding Sites along the Illinois River
With more than 100 miles of contiguous forests and backwater sloughs, the Illinois River is one of the most important birding areas in the Midwest. Shorebirds, woodland warblers, waterfowl, pelicans, eagles, and many more species can be found along the Illinois River.
This guide details the top ten birding sites and trails plus information about seasonal birding.
Interpretive Plan: History & Culture
This interpretive plan helps to illuminate and connect destinations and sites along the Illinois River Road. This book details the history and culture of the Illinois Valley along with the best ways to experience all the Illinois Valley has to offer.
Interpretive Plan: Archaeological Resources
The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway includes nearly two dozen places where the public may travel through time to the distant past when Native Americans, European and then American settlers made this place their homes. This interpretive plan provides context for historic life through the river valley and much more.