The Quad Cities region is located
on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Moline
, East Moline
, Rock Island
in Illinois, and Davenport
in Iowa. The area also includes smaller communities and towns that offer their own wonderful surprises.
Why are we called Quad Cities?
Before World War II, this region was known as the Tri-Cities, and included only Davenport in Scott County, Iowa
, and Rock Island and Moline in Rock Island County, Illinois
. With the growth of Rock Island County, East Moline was eventually given "equal status" in the early 60s. The region then became the "Quad Cities." By the 70s, Bettendorf had grown such that people discussed the adoption of the name "Quint Cities." However, by this time, the name Quad Cities had become known and Quint never caught on. As Bettendorf passed East Moline in size, it became one of the Quad Cities - a name that is technically a misnomer, as the area includes five cities and many nearby communities. The total population for the region is over 400,000.
Get to Know Our Region
A comprehensive look at everything there is to see and do in the Quad Cities. View it online, or we can mail you one for free.
Information, gifts, bike rentals. Our friendly visitor counselors will help you with any questions you might have.
Meet Our Cities
Learn more about our cities. Each of our cities has a unique flavor - find out which ones are right for you.
There's always stuff happening in the Quad Cities. Get a comprehensive look at everything that's new.
The Mississippi River is a great backdrop for fun. Check out the great activities, no matter the season.
Not sure where to begin? We've got you covered. Our themed itineraries will give you the best options based on your interests.
Hotels & Lodging
No matter your budget, the Quad Cities has a hotel to fit your needs. Pet-friendly options available as well.
Dining & Shopping
Dine in style in the Quad Cities. From local flavor to chain restaurants, we've got something that fits the bill.