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!


Explore the Illinois River Road Nature Sites Select a Site below . . .

Come and experience all the nature, beauty and adventure the Illinois River Valley has to offer. Explore over 100 nature-related sites throughout the Illinois River Valley between Ottawa and Havana. Visit our gateway communities and points in-between, along the Byway and enjoy unique dining, comfortable lodging and eclectic shopping. Whether your destination lies along the Illinois River Road or the route is part of your journey, you'll love the trip!

Select a Community OR Interest below to view related points of interest along the Byway.



110 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602
It's your day your way at the Caterpillar Visitors Center where you'll enjoy experiencing Caterpillar on a self-guided journey at your own pace. You'll find interactive displa...View Details.
Phone: (309) 675-1000
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.690662, -89.588756 Map It!

723 N. Fourth Street, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Founded to preserve and perpetuate the history of Chillicothe and surrounding areas through written and oral history and related artifacts, the museum showcases period display...View Details.
Phone: (309) 274-9076
Area: Chillicothe
GPS: 40.9156428, -89.4895561 Map It!

10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, IL 61542
One of the major on-site archeological museums in the country, Dickson Mounds Museum also interprets the ecology of the Illinois River's Emiquon region. The site itself lies w...View Details.
Phone: 309-547-3721
Area: Lewistown
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.35149, -90.11556 Map It!

1307 7th Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is an architectural masterpiece and a key to the rich history of the Illinois Valley, the Midwest and the nation. Located near Starved Rock State Pa...View Details.
Phone: 815-224-6543
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.329910, -89.094264 Map It!

101 E. Canal Street, Utica, IL 61373
The Utica Museum Complex houses the LaSalle County Historical Society, a group that acquired the stone warehouse (ca. 1848), one of 3 remaining original buildings on the I&M, ...View Details.
Phone: (815) 667-4861
Area: Utica
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.34048, -89.00982 Map It!

745 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
Board the LaSalle Canal Boat, and enjoy the scenery, history and relaxation of a mule pulled ride on the waterway that changed the face of the nation – the historic Illinois &...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-1851
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.328183, -89.094752 Map It!

203 Harrison Street, Peoria, IL 61602
As one of the oldest and largest resources for contemporary art in Central Illinois, the Peoria Art Guild exhibits the artwork of local, regional, national and international a...View Details.
Phone: (309) 637-2787
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.688516, -89.592425 Map It!

611 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602
The Peoria Historical Society operates two historic house museums; the John C. Flanagan House on Glen Oak Ave and the Pettengill-Morron House on Moss Avenue. The House Museums...View Details.
Phone: (309) 674-1921
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.68681, -89.595589 Map It!

222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Visit the new Peoria Riverfront Museum's world-class facility on Peoria's beautiful downtown riverfront. High-quality informative and interactive exhibits, all within view...View Details.
Phone: (309) 686-7000
Area: Peoria
Site Access: fee; Tue, Wed & Sat 10am-5pm; Thu & Fri 10am-8pm; Sun Noon-5pm
GPS: 40.689762, -89.590123 Map It!

1 Depot Street, DePue, IL 61322
Mon-Tue: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wed: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fri: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sat: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm...View Details.
Phone: 815-447-2660
Area: DePue
GPS: 41.3265008, -89.3042018 Map It!

N. Knoxville Avenue and W. Woodside Drive, Peoria, IL 61615
We are here to entertain and educate. Our mission is to provide a facility where folks of all ages can see and hear and sometimes touch items representing transportation, i...View Details.
Phone: (309) 243-9020
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.80223, -89.610864 Map It!