Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  


Illinois Scenic Byways

Illinois Scenic Byways


Illinois River Road Report

Illinois River Road Report


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The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway is one in a collection of 150 America’s Byways. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration recognizes these roads for their outstanding archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway, like all nationally designated byways, is a grassroots program. We need and appreciate your support for our efforts to enhance, preserve, protect and promote this magnificent region.

For more information about Illinois River Road programs and initiatives, you can download our 2015 Performance Report: