See the varied skylines of the Illinois and Iowa borders when you cruise the Mississippi River, which threads through the heart of this five-city sprawl.
The five interwoven cities and surrounding municipalities comprised within the Quad Cities share the banks of the Mississippi River. The Illinois section of the Quad Cities is made up of Moline, East Moline and Rock Island, while Davenport and Bettendorf make up the Iowa section. Experience each city’s unique character while making the most of the Mississippi riverfront precincts they all share. Get local insight into the area’s Native American and Civil War histories, watch a baseball match at one of the Quad Cities stadiums and discover busy cultural communities.
Moline is the region’s second-largest city and is spread between the southern banks of the Mississippi and the winding Rock River, alongside East Moline. Explore the city’s revitalized downtown riverfront area, Bass Street Landing, which has a spacious plaza, a fountain for children to play in during warm summer days and a fantastic nearby dining precinct. Kids will also love the slides and water playground at the Riverside Aquatics Center in Riverside Park. See unbeatable views of the cityscape from the Mississippi on a scenic riverboat cruise, many of which include lunch, sightseeing commentary and a Mississippi-style big band.
Moline is the home of John Deere, the well-known farming equipment company. Learn about the Midwest’s rich agricultural heritage at the John Deere Pavilion, which contains a comprehensive museum and antiques collection. Explore scenic trails and walkways along the riverside, in historic Prospect Park. Find out what events are on at the Moline iWireless Center.
Check out the historic Mississippi waterfront on Rock Island, which has an exciting downtown area known as The District. This exciting precinct is filled with theaters, galleries, restaurants and nightclubs and cafés providing excitement day and night. The Black Hawk State Historic Site marks the spot where a major Native American village stood.
In Iowa, Davenport’s pretty pedestrianized Skybridge is a popular sightseeing spot, while the Family Museum brings visitors of all ages to Bettendorf.
Reach the Quad Cities via its international airport or by train to the Amtrak station in Galesburg, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Moline. The cities are conveniently connected by public transit, major highways and pedestrianized footbridges.