15 Perfect Weekend Getaways
Mississippi River, Illinois
In spring and summer, enjoy the leafy green of the wooded bluffs along the Mississippi River; in fall, the bluffs reveal an autumn wardrobe of red, orange and gold. For the best view of the show, take a weekend drive along the Great River Road. You'll find historic towns and old-fashioned inns along the route, but most visitors find themselves content to just roll down the window and soak in the scenery. One of our favorite sections of the drive: The 16-mile stretch from Alton, Illinois, to Pere Marquette State Park along State-100, squeezed between walls of limestone and the Mississippi.