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Panorama of Alton across Mississippi River. Alton, Illinois, USA. (Photo via benkrut / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


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Rich with history, the Alton Museum of History and Art is a cultural exhibition and acknowledgment of the outstanding accomplishments of some of Alton’s most inspiring citizens.   The site gives visitors a glimpse into the past with its decorated rooms which pays homage to individuals like Robert Pershing Wadlow, (the tallest man on record) and Elijah Lovejoy (an abolitionist who was assassinated for his beliefs in freedom of the press).   The ambiance of the historical monument is filled with the heritage and culture that has cultivated the city and its people today, and its exhibitions proudly showcase the traditions and history of an all-American city.  The museum also offers its visitors the opportunity to journey into a world that tells the story of bravery, hardships, and triumphs of its influential natives and the community.  The Alton Museum of History and Art is one of the many reasons why Alton, Illinois, United States is an inspirational and captivating destination.

The city of Alton is located in Illinois, United States.  With a scenic backdrop of the Mississippi River, the city is an elaborate landscape filled with adventure.  From roaming the haunted, scary halls of the McPike Mansion to gazing at the displays of the artistic masterpieces at the Jacoby Arts Center, the city is home to thrilling and memorable attractions.  Catch a live play at the Alton little Theater or a live concert overlooking the Mississippi River at the Alton Riverfront Amphitheater.  Play a game of golf at the Cloverleaf Golf Course or become one with nature and venture on a safari, while sailing the waters of the infamous river.  There are also many mystical and educational tours will be of great fun. The city offers a wide variety of activities that will absolutely spark your interest. 

In addition to the variety of thrilling activities, souvenirs are a great way to remember your fascinating journey.  Alton is filled with shops that sell the city’s finest products and accessories.  Alton Exchange is a local mall that prides itself on its unique collectibles, crafts, and antiques such as hand crafted body products.  Alton Square Mall offers the latest trends with enticing sales and deals from popular brands and stores.  Also, Alton Stained Glass specializes in products such as glass beads and ornaments which consumers can purchase or make themselves in one of the classes that the store offers.  There are a plethora of shopping centers where you will find Alton’s best merchandise and fashions.  At night, music can be heard from miles away coming from the local bars, pubs, and clubs.  Visitors are encouraged to dance under the night sky while sipping on Illinois’ trademark beverages.

Along the quaint streets, restaurants can be found lurking on almost every corner.   Specializing in all-American foods and international dishes, restaurants serve delectable meals that will definitely hit the spot.  Aromas from BBQ, seafood, juicy steaks and homemade pies, are mouthwatering and fill the air.  The wide selections of meals will satisfy your cravings and appease your gastronomical needs.

Alton experiences a humid continental climate.  During the summer (May-September), temperatures average from 78°F-95°F.  In the winter (November- February), the temperature averages from a high of 47°F to a low of 23°F.

Alton is in close distance to St. Louis Lambert International Airport and St. Louis Regional Airport.  The Amtrak train provides transportation to Alton and different cities within the United States.   The ferry is accessible when traveling to the different attractions in Illinois and Missouri.  Bluff City Tours also provides trolleys that offer tours to major attractions throughout Illinois and Missouri.  In addition, cabs are convenient at providing door-to-door transportation.