Free Visitor Guides by Mail
for the Middle Mississippi River Valley
   
There are a number of organizations that are dedicated to providing information designed to enhance the visitor's experience to the regions and communities of the Middle Mississippi River Valley. The following is a list of these organizations, what they provide, and how to order free copies of the material that they will send you.
   




Great River Road Publications
  Great River Road Travel Planner & Map
Experience the Mississippi River. Ten States. One River.
This travel guide produced by the Mississippi River Parkway Commission is a full-color guide to exciting stops along the Mississippi’s Great River Road. In it, you will find descriptions and contact information for the best state parks, historical centers, museums, and other sites along the Great River Road. The guide lists the cities along the Great River Road and as well as centers that are a part of the Great River Road Interpretive Center Network. The brochure folds out into a poster size map of the Great River Road from the headwaters in Minnesota to the Delta in Louisiana. It is a handy companion for your next Great River Road tour. Their website also provides easy access to getting the official travel guides from all 10 states that the Great River Road runs through.

Click here to order your free copy.
State Publications
  Official Illinois Travel Kit
Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile
No matter the season, Illinois offers an endless variety of destinations that await you. Within the travel kit you'll find activity suggestions for each season, and that’s only the beginning. Showcased are Illinois Road Trips along the state's national scenic byways, including the famed Mother Road—Route 66. A spotlight has been shined on on attractions as diverse as our Looking for Lincoln historic sites and family fun such as indoor and outdoor water parks. In the Illinois Travel Guide you'll find a comprehensive guide to quality accommodations, magnificent shopping, dining delights and so much more. Illinois is proud of what it has to offer welcomes you for what is sure to be an unforgettable getaway. The travel kit includes the Travel Guide, a state park guide, and a state map and comes in English and Spanish versions.

Click here to order your free copy or call 1-800-2CONNECT.
  Official Missouri Vacation Planner
Welcome to Missouri, Where the Rivers Run.
Missouri is a state with a rich history and strong traditions. From small communities to large metropolitan areas, Missouri welcomes millions of visitors each year to discover all of the features that make our state extraordinary. No matter what time of year you choose to explore, Missouri is full of breathtaking landscapes and interesting attractions. Thankfully, a road seems to run by just about every single one, offering you the chance to enjoy them all from the comforts of your car. Head out and experience our wine country, wildlife refuges, state parks and much more. However you like to visit Missouri, you’ll find it here. Learn about some of our best vacation ideas, and start planning your trip today!

Click here to order your free copy.
  Official Iowa Travel Guide
Iowa / Life Changing
Have you discovered the 29th state admitted to the Union? When most people think of Iowa they think of flat lands and corn. While Iowa is a rural state it is far from flat and there is much more than it than corn. The capital city of Des Moines is a metropolis just like any other in the country with museums, sports, attractions, and great restaurants and night clubs. Iowa offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including an abundance of fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, and biking. Iowa offers beautiful foliage in the fall and eagle watching during the winter. The Iowa Tourism Office publishes the Iowa Travel Guide using the best and most timely information. The link below offers the option of an online guide or you can order a free printed copy to be delivered by mail.

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  Official Kentucky Travel Guide
Kentucky / Unbridled Spirit
From the rolling bluegrass-covered hills of legendary Horse Country and the grandstands of America’s most storied thoroughbred racing tracks to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and world-renowned outdoor adventure, visit Kentucky and experience the unbridled spirit that runs wild in the Bluegrass State. Come explore our cities, towns and regions, discover our incredible one-of-a-kind attractions, learn about our unique traditions and culture, and absorb the unabated energy that can be seen, heard and felt in everything from metropolitan nightlife to our small town festivals and events. You can order them via mail direct to your doorstep, download a PDF, or view the interactive guide online.

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  Official Arkansas Vacation Kit
Arkansas / The Natural State
Everything you'll need to plan your next vacation trip to The Natural State. Kit includes Arkansas Tour Guide, containing information on attractions, golf, the arts, entertainment, antiquing, history and heritage, and family fun; the State Parks Guide; a Highway Map; Calendar of Events; and an Arkansas Adventure Guide. The Adventure Guide has information on hiking trails, campgrounds, float streams and outfitters, and wilderness areas.

Click here to order your free copy or call 1-800-NATURAL (1-800-628-872).
    Official Tennessee Vacation Guide
Tennessee / We're Playing Your Song
Complete tourism information on the state of Tennessee is at your fingertips with comprehensive road maps, contact information and detailed facts about attractions. You can order them via mail direct to your doorstep, download an app, or view the interactive guide online.

Click here to order your free copy or call 1-800-462-8366.
 
Regional and City Publications 
 
    All Around Alton, Illinois - Official Visitor Guide
Travel Planner for the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway
The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area is one of the best travel destinations in the Midwest. You’re sure to enjoy the region where the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers converge with natural beauty, distinct dining, and quaint shopping. The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway is one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois and you’ll find the perfect vacation filled with historic sites, ghost stories, golf, water recreation, watchable wildlife, a casino, legendary nightlife, and much more. The Alton Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau has put together a free Guide Book full of information as well as seasonal brochures about orchards, fall colors, and bald eagles.

Click here to order your free copy or call 1-800-ALTON-IL.
 
 
    Hannibal, Missouri - Visitors Guide
America's Hometown
For everyone visiting Hannibal, the Adventure of Mark Twain’s day is alive and well. Start with a tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, then continue in his footsteps as you explore the Mark Twain Cave Complex, find out where he got his pen name as you take a cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat, then get ready for a night of entertainment at one of Hannibal’s live theaters or take in a classic movie at the Star Theatre. All of this along with historic homes awaits you in historic Hannibal Missouri. Hannibal also features fine and family dining around town at many of our great locally owned restaurants. With all of this, why not spend the night right here in “America’s Hometown.” Choose from one of the area’s fine hotels, motels, or world class Bed & Breakfasts.

Click here to order your free copy or call 1-TomAndHuck.
 
 
    St. Charles, Missouri - Visitors Guide
FUN THEN - FUN NOW
There are few places where you will find as much as Saint Charles has to offer. This charming community, located on the banks of the Missouri River, has been welcoming visitors since 1769. Stroll along the brick paved streets and visit one-of-a-kind shops, sample local cuisine, and visit a museum. Saint Charles is family friendly and located within minutes of many area attractions and is located just 10 minutes from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with easy access to major Interstates. Saint Charles is known for its warm welcome, unique historical perspective, and beautiful sites. Whether you’re interested in history, shopping, the arts, or gaming at the casino—there’s so much to do you’ll need more than a day! The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau provides this comprehensive visitors guide.

Click here to order your free copy or call 1-800-366-2427.
 
 
    Sainte Genevieve, Missouri - Visitors Guide
Explore! Historic Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
Sainte Genevieve was the first permanent European settlement in what now is the state of Missouri and holds the distinction of the having the largest concentration of French Colonial buildings in the country. Sainte Genevieve’s Bed & Breakfasts and hotels provide exceptional lodging for those planning an extended stay and there are many exceptional restaurants in the community. Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area are located just west of town providing its visitors with unique outdoor experiences. There are special events held throughout the year with the historic downtown area as the focus of many of these events. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Sainte Genevieve has put together a helpful brochure of the highlights of the area.

Click here to download an E-brochure or call 1-800-373-7007.
 
 
    The Official St. Louis, Missouri Visitors Guide
Explore St. Louis - There's More Than Meets the Arch!
Provided by the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, this official visitors guide for St. Louis provides complete visitor information and travel planning resources for the Gateway City. This guide includes everything you need to plan a great getaway including information on hotels, attractions, dining, and shopping in the metropolitan St. Louis area. Also include are sections covering the unique neighborhoods of St. Louis, regional history, day trips, and offbeat St. Louis attractions.

Click here to order your free copy.
 
 
    The Quincy, Illinois Area Visitors Guide
50 great things to see & do in the Quincy, IL area
Provided by the Quincy Area Visitors Commission, this official visitors guide for the Quincy area provides complete visitor information and travel planning resources for the Western Illinois River Country. The guide highlights 50 great attractions in Pike, Adams, and Hancock counties. The Quincy Area Visitors Commission will also send a guide that includes everything you need to plan a great getaway including information on hotels, attractions, dining, and shopping in the Quincy area.

Click here to order your free copy or call 1-800-978-3700.
 
 
    The Keokuk, Iowa Area Visitors Guide
Make It Yours - Keokuk, Iowa
Provided by the Keokuk Area Visitors Commission, this official visitors guide for the Keokuk area provides complete visitor information and travel planning resources. There are a number of historic sites and other attractions in the Keokuk area. The town is host to events throughout the year including Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in January and the Battle of Pea Ridge Civil War Reenactment in April. There are several nice Bed and Breakfasts located in the beautiful Grand Avenue area, often referred to as the "Miracle Mile" for its abundance of historic homes that overlook the Mississippi. Keokuk is a progressive community with a rich heritage and a promising future that is proud of its small town friendliness.

Click here to order your free copy or call 1-800-383-1219.
 
 
    The Cape Girardeau, Missouri Area Visitors Guide
Where the river turns a thousand tales - Cape Girardeau, Missouri
One of the greatest assets of any community is its people, and Cape Girardeau is no exception. Since the 1700s the residents of the Cape Girardeau region have been welcoming travelers. Dedicated to providing exceptional service and friendly welcomes, the citizens of our community never tire of smiling or offering a kind word. Spectacular natural vistas, new tourism developments and our historic past all blend together to offer the perfect solution of any visitor to the area. Entertaining attractions, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, specialty shops and restaurants are abundant, Thousands of hospitality partners are standing by to help make your "Escape to Cape" a memorable experience.

Click here to download a copy or call 1-800-777-0068.
 
 
    The Sikeston, Missouri Area Visitors Guide
Where Southern Hospitality Begins - Sikeston, Missouri
The Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to experience the best of Missouri's Bountiful Bootheel where cotton is king, our rolls are "throwed", and southern hospitality awaits you!  Whether you're passing through or visiting for a few days, we have something for everyone to enjoy in Sikeston - so much more than you imagine! Visit the Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau to download a visitor’s guide or to use their interactive visitors guide.

Click here to download a copy or call 1-888-309-6591.
 
     
FEATURED ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Fort de Chartres
State Historic Site
Mississippi
River Ferries
Lewis and Clark
State Historic Site
U.S. Grant
National Historic Site
     
 
  Regional Guides
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  Meeting of the Great Rivers
National Scenic Byway
Ste. Genevieve &
French Colonial Country
Gateway to the West
St. Louis & St. Louis County
        
 
   Meeting the Missouri
Historic St. Charles County
The Lincoln Hills Region
Northeast Missouri
   
 
  The Tri-States Area
Iowa, Illinois & Missouri
The Mississippi River
Meets the Ohio River
   
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