The Quad Cities area consists of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. With a combined population of 400,000, the region brings you all the excitement of a big city with all the hospitality of a small town. Our award-winning museums and cultural centers, internationally-recognized festivals, beautiful riverfront, scrumptious dining and vibrant nightlife will ensure that you always have something to do when you come visit, whether it be with your family, business associates, or group tours. Each of the five main cities offers the region a unique twist on Quad Cities life, so we invite you to take a closer look at what each city has to offer.
Anchored by a sweeping waterfront development program called RiverVision, Davenport is the place to be for beautiful riverfront vistas and an active downtown area with lots of things to do. The ultra-modern Figge Art Museum and exciting Putnam history museum are the perfect ways to enrich your knowledge and enhance your visit to the Quad Cities. After you're done with all of that, check out Northpark Mall, one of Iowa's largest shopping malls.
Bettendorf is one of the country's best cities for affordable homes, according to CNNMoney.com - and with a wide selection of family-friendly activities and museums, it's not a bad place to visit, either. The Bettendorf Library and adjacent Family Museum provide exciting programs, storytellers, demonstrations and more. Also be sure to check out our numerous outdoor activites including the Splash Landing water park, Wallace's Garden Center and Duck Creek Recreational Trail.
Rock Island, Illinois
The downtown District is known for its festivals and nightlife. Cajun food and zydeco music; Jamaican food and reggae music; and a fall Irish folk festival ensure that Rock Island is always culturally exciting. The city also offers fun for the whole family with the country's largest go-kart street race or infamous costume contest and scavenger hunt during Fright Night. If architecture is your thing, take the downtown Architectural Tour and visit the Broadway Historic District.
Home of John Deere World Headquarters, Moline is one of the agricultural capitals of the world. The city is steeped in history yet maintains a modern downtown area, with John Deere Pavilion, the 12,000-seat iWireless Center, and lots of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Don't miss views of the riverfront from the Celebration Belle riverboat and Channel Cat Water Taxi. After you're done with all of that, spend the evening at the Music Guild or Playcrafters Barn Theatre, two unique settings featuring musicals performed by local actors.
East Moline, Illinois
East Moline is home to many great events and festivities. Take your kids to Empire Park right on the Mississippi River, or walk along the riverfront trails of The Quarter. Pay a visit to the John Deere Harvester Works, one of the world's largest combine factories - and you can get a free tour of the entire thing (production schedule permitting; call ahead for availability.)
Rock Island Arsenal
A U.S. Army installation originally established in 1862, the Arsenal has been active in every U.S. military deployment from the Civil War up through Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today, the island houses a number of historical attractions including the second oldest U.S. Army museum, an old prison barracks, and a unique railroad bridge that is only one of two in the world that can swing open 360 degrees. Visitors should keep in mind that the Arsenal is an active United States military base, and you must have a passport or state-issued photo ID to enter.
Rock Island County, Illinois
With the Mighty Mississippi River to the north and west and the Rock River flowing through the center, Rock Island County offers a varied landscape ranging from rich agricultural fields to rolling bluffs.
Mercer County, Illinois
Mercer County was part of the old Northwest Territory. In the county seat of Aledo, a true small town atmosphere can be found.
Henry County, Illinois
Henry County communities feature natural beauty, grand traditions, colorful heritage and friendly folks who know how to enjoy life. Offering a fascinating National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill, Henry County also has many fascinating historical museums.
Warren County, Illinois
Warren County is home to Monmouth and Roseville, two historical communities with great local shopping, dining, as well as the 1,200-student Monmouth College.
Henderson County, Illinois
Henderson County is a rural county along the Mississippi River about 75 miles sourthwest of the Quad Cities. Many parks hug the river here, making the area known for outdoor recreation and natural beauty.
Scott County, Iowa
Northern Scott County in Iowa is just minutes from the Quad Cities on Highway 61. Drive past some of the richest farmland in the nation, enjoy scenic Scott County Park, the historic Pioneer Village, and two great golf courses, and stop and enjoy a leisurely lunch in Eldridge or LeClaire.
Muscatine County, Iowa
Church steeples, Victorian mansions on the bluff, and red brick warehouses are the images of Muscatine, Iowa, located 30 miles south of the Quad Cities via US Highways 22 or 61 and I-80.
Learn about the Quad Cities
Interested in some trivia? The Quad Cities area has some great facts, quirks and history that make the region an especially great place to visit. Check out some of our famous figures, industries and stories, below.
Interesting history about steamboats and the Mississippi River, the Black Hawk tribe, the Rock Island Arsenal, QC immigration and the railroad industry.
John Deere, Black Hawk, Colonel George Davenport and more prominent figures involved in the history of the area.
Quirks & Fun Facts
Ronald Reagan began his career at WOC, first radio station west of the Mississippi. Walt Disney applied for his first job in Davenport, with the same company that eventually produced the first 16mm motion picture projector. Want more Quad Cities fun facts? Check them out here.
Made in the QC
Besides John Deere, of course, there's Lagomarcino's, Boetje's Mustard, Whitey's Ice Cream and Happy Joe's Pizza that are just a few of the nationally-recognized brands produced here in the Quad Cities. All of their respective culinary delights were voted "best in class" in the state of Illinois in surveys conducted by Illinois Magazine during 2002. Many of these companies' manufacturing facilities are open for public tours.