To embrace the beauty of the Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway -- from the rolling hills of the northern banks of Galena to the prairie grass gently blowing in the summer winds along the southern route, all you have to do is get out and explore. The 550-mile route is a perfect adventure and visual feast for sightseers. You see it in the panoramic views of the roaring river, the rolling grasslands and deep shaded forests. You can discover this majestic route and all the historic treasures along the way by car, bus or bike. You can bring your canoe, load up the horse trailer or pack the tent. To experience all this, get out and explore the Great River Road in Illinois!