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Fall Adventures Await

Autumn is right around the corner! Leave the dog days of summer behind and check in along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway in Alton, Illinois!

From beautiful fall color drives to a jaunt out into the apple orchard, an authentic autumn experience is waiting for travelers.

(Photo by Erica Swagler)

The 2018 Fall Adventure Guide, available from the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau, is now available complete with fall color driving itineraries, tours to take, listings for orchards and roadside stands and a complete listing of all of the festivals and events for September and October. The Fall Getaway Guide is available for free by calling the 1-800-ALTON-IL.

The new 2018 Fall Adventure Guide provides visitors with the tools necessary to plan their getaway. The guide features a choice of three different fall “Great Rivers Roadtrips” taking visitors along the river, through the country and looping across the ferries. Visitors wishing to extend their stay have a variety of Fall Getaway packages from which to choose. For visitors looking for a ghostly good time, information on Haunted Alton walking and trolley tours are available, as well as some of the other haunted happenings. The guide also includes a map with the best apple orchards, pumpkin patches and roadside cider stands throughout the region, in addition to highlights of some of the must-see festivals and events taking place in September and October.

Some of the more popular festivals and attractions will be returning again this year, including the following:

    • Great Godfrey Maze, Godfrey , IL – “Welcome to the Jungle” at the Great Godfrey Maze! The Maze is open for the season through Oct. 28. The public can begin their a-mazing quest as they twist and turn through this maze cut out of a seven-acre cornfield. In October, get the heart pounding as the maze becomes haunted! For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
    • Vintage Voices, Alton, IL –Experience history firsthand in the Alton City Cemetery Oct. 6 & 7 & Oct. 13-14 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the annual Vintage Voices. The cemetery will be “coming alive” with the voices of Alton’s past, the late and legendary descendants recognized both locally and nationally, as portrayed by members of the Alton Little Theater. For more information, call (800) 258-6645 or (618) 465-6676.


  • Haunted Alton Tours, Alton, IL – Visitors wishing to experience “one of the most haunted small towns in America” need to look no further than Alton, Ill. Guided tours are available from early September through mid-November for the spookiest season of all. Call the Alton Visitors Center at (800) 258-6645 or (618) 465-6676 for a listing of tour guides and haunted tours.