- About 31 miles from Ladue and Dielman roads (if avoiding highways)
There are a few ways to find The Great River Road in Alton, Illinois, but you’ll have to cross a river or two to get there. One route travels west from Ladue through University City, north toward Spanish Lake, over the Bellefontaine Bridge – which crosses the Missouri River – into West Alton and over a small island and the Mississippi River. Alternatively, drive through St. Louis for shiny city views, cross the Mississippi at McKinley Bridge and follow it north to Wood River, Illinois. The River Road runs parallel to the Mississippi River, taking you past the Piasa Bird Mural and caves at Piasa Park, charming little towns like Elsah, Illinois, and on into Grafton, where the Mississippi River meets the Illinois. You can even take a ferry there, if you’re so inclined.
The Great River Road, near 1 Chessen Lane, Alton, Illinois, experiencemississippiriver.com
Photo courtesy of Great River Road Illinois