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. Besides the largest three cities - Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline - the county offers a number of other great destinations for those looking to take a break from it all.
In the eastern Quad Cities, Silvis is home to Hero Street USA and Hero Street Memorial Park, where eight of America's Finest were lost from the same small block during World War II. Champions are made here as well, during the Silvis Open and again during one of the best stops on the PGA Tour - the John Deere Classic. Silvis is also home of the fantastic, lighted, Moonlight Parade in August and Christmas in Silvis on the first Saturday in December, where you can visit Santa, take a sleigh ride and more. Silvis has great food and friendly folks year round.
Carbon Cliff, Illinois
A small, quiet village bordering the Rock River, Carbon Cliff is located just mintues away from the Quad Cities. Founded back in the 1830s and incorporated in 1907, Carbon Cliff was a coal-mining center with easy access to the railroad, businesses such as the Argillo Pottery Works helped this town prosper. Whether you are passing through or staying, stop in and enjoy a bite to eat at Deerfield Family restaurant located on John Deere Road. Be sure to stock up on all of your fishing and hunting supplies dowtown at Carbon Cliff Bait & Tackle. For all your business and vacation trips to the Quad Cities area, stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites or Super 8 Motel, located just minutes away from Silvis' TPC Deere Run golf course, home of the John Deere Classic.
Mercer County, Illinois
Just 20 miles south of the Quad Cities via U.S. Hwy. 67 is Mercer County. In the county seat of Aledo, a small town welcomes you with antiques, gift shops, galleries, restaurants and painted murals throughout the downtown. Visit Creekside Vineyards Wine & Tasting Room in Preemption, IL at 1667 U.S. Hwy. 67 and enjoy year round wine tasting. Stop at the Mercer County Historical Society with its one-room school house and historic artifacts. Open Wed., Sat. and Sun. from 1-5 p.m. Spend the night in the Slammer Great Escape Bed and Breakfast, once the Mercer County Jail. Events in Aledo include: Rhubarb Fest - June; Mercer County Fair - July; Antique Days - August; Aledo's Holly Days Christmas Walk - first weekend in December.
New Boston & Keithsburg
New Boston and Keithsburg are also part of Mercer County. New Boston features Lock & Dam 17, Boston Bay Conservation Club, New Boston Museum and Sturgeon Bay Park. Keithsburg is near Big River State Forest and features Riverside Campground, the Sharon L. Reason-Keithsburg Museum, Lincoln Military Trail and Pioneer Cemetery. Annual events in the county include:
Joy Community Fest - June; Keithsburg Boat-In and New Windsor Fair and Rodeo - August; Viola Threshers Reunion - September.
Warren County, Illinois
Monmouth, the birthplace of Wyatt Earp, is an hour from the Quad Cities off U.S. Hwy. 67. Enjoy quaint restaurants and read the historical markers highlighting Monmouth's history!
The Buchanan Center for the Arts features local, regional, international artists and cutting-edge exhibits. Monmouth's Warren County History Museum offers one of the finest agricultural displays in the area. Monmouth College, a nationally ranked, private liberal arts college features the Len G. Everett Gallery. The college was the birthplace of the Greek letter organization for college women, Pi Beta Phi. The Holt House, where the "fraternity" was founded in 1867, along with the Stewart House - the birthplace of the Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity, are open to the public by appointment and feature restored rooms and historical memorabilia.
Festivals in Monmouth include the Warren County Prime Beef Festival the first Wednesday after Labor Day and the July 4 Monmouth Fly-In Breakfast. This breakfast brings pilots and the public to Monmouth's historic airport for a home-cooked breakfast, airplane rides, stunts and music. The first Friday in August, Cruise Night in the Maple City hits the streets with over 2,500 vehicles.
Henderson County, Illinois
Located along the Mississippi River about 75 miles southwest of the Quad Cities, enjoy Big River State Forest, Lincoln/Sac Indian Trail, the Horse & Buggy Museum, Pioneer Cemetery, Delabar State Park, Henderson County Conservation Area, historic cemeteries, a Civil War Monument, Alexis Phelps House, Oquawka Museum, Raritan Museum and Lock & Dam 18. The county seat in Oquawka is home to the Henderson County Courthouse built in 1842, the second oldest court house in use in Illinois, which Stephen Douglas was the first presiding Judge. Visit South Henderson Church built in 1855 and the cemetery located between Gladstone and Biggsville where Daniel Boone's daughter is buried.
Oquawka also features the Norma Jean Memorial. Norma Jean was a circus elephant that was tragically struck by lightning, killed and buried at the spot where she fell. The circus plays a role in the Oquawka House Museum, which was the home of Justice Schlotzhaur, an advance man for the Ringling Bros. Circus.
Downtown Biggsville features the Horse and Buggy Museum and the Historic Lynn Hotel. Henderson County also features the Henderson Covered Bridge built in 1866 and a monument on Schulyer Street in Oquawka honoring the site of a Lincoln-Douglas Debate. During January and February, enjoy bald eagle watching at Lock & Dam 18!
Scott County, Iowa
Situated at the intersection of I-80 and Hwy. 67 just north of the Quad Cities, LeClaire offers a complete shopping, dining and touring experience and is known as the "The Best Place To Take an Out-of-town Guest." Relax along the scenic streets of this historic river town that exudes turn-of-the-century charm. LeClaire has great events including monthly First Fridays, car shows, the Tug Fest in August and Christmas in LeClaire in December. Attractions include the Buffalo Bill Museum, Antique Archaeology - "Home of the American Pickers," Wide River Winery, Green Tree Brewery, the Mississippi River Distilling Co., and the Scott County Freedom Rock. Nature lovers enjoy the scenery at Lock and Dam #14 with bald eagles in the winter and pelicans during the spring and fall.
112 N. Cody Road, LeClaire, Iowa
Eldridge & North Scott County
Just minutes from the Quad Cities on U.S. Hwy 61, the drive will take you through rich farmland and lead you to attractions like Scott County Park and Walnut Grove Pioneer Village. Featured events in Eldridge include the Long Grove Strawberry Festival in June and Moonlight Chase Run and Eldridge Summer Festival in July.
Muscatine County, Iowa
Located 30 miles south of the Quad Cities via U.S. Hwys. 22, 61 or I-80, Muscatine is known as the "Pearl of the Mississippi" due to its history as a pearl button manufacturing powerhouse. Nearly 37% of the world's fresh water pearl buttons were produced here from clams harvested from the Mississippi River. The Pearl Button Museum tells the story of this part of Muscatine's history. Visit the century-old business district and enjoy restaurants and shopping. Drive through the historic neighborhoods and view the beautiful homes. Visit Wild Cat Den State Park and the Pine Creek Grist Mill.