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Open-air events, artisan farmers markets and antique dealers plus civil war history and the mighty Mississippi River all await in this Illinois city.

On the banks of the Mississippi, just north of St. Louis, you’ll find the picturesque city of Alton. Despite being a small city, with a population of just 27,000 residents, Alton has been at the center of American politics, war and music over the past two centuries. Visit the city’s museums and cultural sites to learn about Alton’s importance during the civil war, to experience its allegedly haunted buildings and to see the famous Piasa Bird mural on the outskirts of town. In the summer Alton’s parks come alive with live music, community picnics and markets. In winter you have the chance to see bald eagles feeding on the Mississippi just north of the city.

Alton was the birthplace of one of America’s most revered jazz musicians, the late Miles Davis. The city was also the location of the final debate between Abraham Lincoln and his opponent, Stephen Douglas, in 1858. Discover the effects of Lincoln’s time in the town by following the Lincoln and Civil War Legacy Trail across the city. See Lincoln-Douglas Square, the National Cemetery and the prison that used to hold more than 11,000 confederate prisoners during the Civil War as you explore the trail.

Venture outside the city by following the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail, which begins on the outskirts of Alton. When you reach the southern trailhead in Piasa Park, scan the towering limestone bluff to see the Piasa Bird, a historic mural created by Native Americans of the region. While the original is said to have dated back as far as the 13th century B.C., its current incarnation is a 20th-century reproduction. Continue following the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail Trail to see more limestone bluffs lining the Mississippi.

Alton’s town center is studded with historic architecture. Embark on a ghost tour to learn about the apparently haunted sites within the city and enjoy a weekend visiting local antique dealers. Try local produce at a farmers market and dine at one of Alton’s many restaurants. The city is just 24 miles (38 kilometers) north of St. Louis, which has a regional airport. Buses and trains also service Alton.

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You can find 5 different Alton hotels on Expedia's comprehensive Alton lodging guide.

Two higher-end Alton options in which you can discover some of the most comfortable guest amenities in town, are the Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn, at 407 E. 12th St, and the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center, at 3559 College Avenue. The Comfort Inn, at 11 Crossroads Ct, and the Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel, at 1900 Homer Adams Pkwy are two cheaper offerings that you may find worth investigating if you're traveling on a tight budget.

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