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  • Lincoln-Douglas Square, Alton, Illinois
    Lincoln-Douglas Square, Alton, Illinois
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  • Sign that discusses the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
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Alton Things to Do

  • Piasa Bird - The Great Lynx

    First written in the journals of Marquette and other French explorers. The Great Lynx has been created just upstream from the original site, as that area was quarried for construction stone.

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  • National Great River Museum

    While a small museum, it provides access to viewing the Melvin Price Lock and Dam activities and lots of hands on activities for the kids. Live fish and stuffed birds. There is also lots of information available for those interested in basic information on river ecology. It was a quiet day on the river, no barges, so the lock was quiet also. Later...

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  • Clark Bridge

    Yes, it's just a bridge. But, I like bridges and Cable-stayed Bridges are still far and few in the U.S. This was especially nice, as I had the chance to travel across it and to watch the sun reflect off the cables, making it a golden pyramid.

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  • Lewis and Clark State Historic Park

    The beginning of Lewis & Clark's grand expedition to the Pacific. Most people don't realize that it actually started in Illinois. Here at Camp Dubois on Wood river, the men gathered and spent the winter of 1803-04 preparing for their journey. Louisiana (everything west of the Mississippi river was Spanish Territory, already sold to the French....

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  • Have a Cold Beer at Fast Eddies

    In the summer, Alton can reach scorchingly hot and humid temperatures. It was 98 degrees when bleeding humidity the day I visited.Hot weather aside, cold beer cannot taste beer in those meteorological circumstances. This is a fun place to wind down with friends and family and enjoy cheap eats. Fast Eddies is a true refuge from the hot weather here...

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  • Lincoln Douglas Square

    This is a wonderful historical landmark that chronicles the Lincoln-Douglas 7th Congressional debates of 1858. I always thought it was a single debate. I also didn't realize that Douglas would end up defeating Lincoln in the 1858 congressional election, though, only two years later, Lincoln would defeat Douglas in the presidential election.

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Alton Hotels

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  • BEST WESTERN PLUS Parkway Hotel

    1900 Homer Adams Pkwy, Alton, IL 62002

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Holiday Inn Alton

    3800 Homer Adams Pkwy, Alton, IL 62002

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Comfort Inn Alton

    11 Crossroads Ct, Alton, IL 62002

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Alton Restaurants

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    by yooperprof Updated Jun 27, 2004

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    I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this luncheon place just up the hill from the main drag in Alton. It's quaint and personable, and there are good views of the Mississippi from the rear windows. It's an antique-y kind of place, too, operated by people who care about their community and who want to see it revive. They have an interesting and varied menu, although as their name indicates they specialize in dessert.

    Unfortunately, I have to admit that I was grievously disappointed in my lunch selection. I ordered a chicken salad sandwich, which is nearly always a safe bet in establishments such as this one. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my chicken salad had _olives_ in it! Now, I've eaten chicken salad in many places, but I've never before had it with olives in it. I was nonplussed, to say the least, because olives are my "bete noire".

    Now, I know what you are going to say. I should have returned the chicken salad sandwich to the kitchen with my apologies, saying (honestly) that I do not care for olives and that I found the selection not to my taste. But the server reminded me much of my mother, and I felt compelled (by some degree of misplaced neurotic guilt) to eat the sandwich even though I found it most unpalatable.

    I compensated by ordering an exceptionally large dessert: a chocolate brownie a la mode AND a slice of raspberry pecan pie. Oh! I would have been much happier if I had only ordered dessert in the first place. Perhaps you should bear that in mind on your visit here. And do ask whether or not your entree has olives in it.

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Alton Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit St. Louis

    Lot's to do in St. Louis. My favourites are the , Warehouse District, Cahokia Mounds State Park across the river.

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  • Confederate Cemetery and War Memorial

    It was a little disturbing to me how difficult it was to find the Confederate Cemetery in Alton. It's located in the hills of the town, off US 67, but there are no signs, and when I stopped at a gas station, no one there had heard of it. Fortunately, they had an old city map on which the cemetery is marked, and I was able to figure out my way...

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    by yooperprof Written Jun 27, 2004

    Favorite thing: Plenty of historic architecture in old Alton - including a number of churches constructed with the local white limestone. I think that the Unitarian is the oldest of the group - it dates from the 1840s.

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