ALTON – From fall color drives to an excursion out into the apple orchard, an authentic autumn experience is waiting for Greater Alton travelers.
The 2015 Autumn Adventures Guide, available from the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, is complete with fall color driving itineraries, getaway packages, tours, listings for orchards and roadside stands and a complete listing of festivals and events for September and October. The Autumn Adventures Guide is available free by calling the Alton Regional CVB at (800) ALTON-IL or online at www.VisitAlton.com.
The guide provides visitors with tools to plan their getaways. The guide features a choice of three fall “Great Rivers Roadtrips” taking visitors along the river, through the country and looping across the ferries. Visitors wishing to extend their stay have a variety of Fall Getaway packages from which to choose. Information on Haunted Alton walking and trolley tours are available, as well as some of the other haunted happenings. The guide also includes a map with the region's best apple orchards, pumpkin patches and roadside cider stands, in addition to a complete listing of the festivals and events in September and October.
Some of the more popular festivals and attractions will be returning again this year, including the following:
Great Godfrey Maze, Godfrey – The maze is open for its 16th season through Oct. 31. Visitors can begin their quest as they twist and turn through this maze cut out of a 7-acre cornfield. In October, get the heart pounding as the maze becomes haunted. For information, call (618) 466-1483 or go to www.VisitAlton.com/GodfreyMaze.
Vintage Voices, Alton – Experience history firsthand in the Alton City Cemetery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the annual Vintage Voices. The cemetery will be “coming alive” with the voices of Alton’s past, the late and legendary descendants recognized both locally and nationally, as portrayed by members of the Alton Little Theater. For information, call (800) 258-6645 or (618) 465-6676.
AALA Fall Historic House Tour, Alton – Take a self-guided tour of the beautiful homes, buildings and churches of Alton from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. There will be 10-12 sites on the tour and tickets are $12 each. For information, call (800) 258-6645 or (618) 465-6676.
Haunted Alton Tours, Alton – Visitors wishing to experience “one of the most haunted small towns in America” need to look no further than Alton. Guided tours are available from early September through mid-November for the spookiest season of all. Call the Alton Visitors Center at (800) 258-6645 or (618) 465-6676or go to www.VisitAlton.com/Haunted for a listing of tour guides and haunted tours.
Lincoln Funeral Commemoration, Alton – The 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death will be commemorated Oct. 17 with a showing of his replica coffin and presentations by historical speakers including Mary Todd Lincoln. There will also be an honor guard and a flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m. with the presentation to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. The presentation will be repeated at approximately 1 p.m. For information, call (800) 258-6645.
Grafton Rendezvous, Grafton – Pre-1840s history comes alive Oct. 17-18 during this annual event on the banks of the Mississippi River in Grafton. Enjoy the Candy Cannon, Arrowhead Hunt, tomahawk and knife-throwing demonstrations and more. For information, call (618) 372-8672.
For information, call (800) ALTON-IL (1-800-258-6645) or go to www.VisitAlton.com/Fall.