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Alton is located in Madison County in southwest Illinois, about 15 miles north of St. Louis. As of the 2006 census, the population was 34,511. Alton was ranked the 27th most livable small city in America by Money Magazine. Called "one of America's great river towns," Alton is filled with historic homes, small shops and antique stores. More than 50 antique shops line Alton's "antique row." You'll also find great restaurants and a variety of lodging accommodations in the town of Alton, from cozy bed and breakfasts to quality hotels. Alton is a historic town dating to 1673, when French explorers Marquette and Joliet first made their way down the Mississippi River and discovered the image of the Piasa Bird high above the bluffs. The Piasa Bird, an Illinois Indian bluff painting of a dragon-like creature, has become an icon and local legend of the region. Attractions in Alton include the 250-foot high Clark Super Bridge, the historic Lincoln-Douglas Square and the Lovejoy Monument, which is the tallest monument in the state of Illinois. The town of Alton is also known for being home to Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man at 8 feet, 11.1 inches, born in 1918. A life-size bronze statue dedicated to Wadlow can be found in the town. You will find the area is filled with entertainment and outdoor recreational activities, including cycling and hiking, fishing and boating, camping, ferry boat rides, golf and tennis.

Surrounding areas: Grafton, Illinois (15.4 mi), Collinsville, Illinois (17.7 mi)

Alton Vacation Rentals

Alton Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
College Crest Motel1809 Burling DrAlton, IL (618) 465-3212
Comfort Inn Alton11 Crossroads CTAlton, IL (618) 465-9999
Days Inn1900 Homer Adams PkwyAlton, IL (618) 463-0800
Holiday Inn Alton3800 Homer Adams PkwyAlton, IL (618) 462-1220
Stratford Hotel229 Market StAlton, IL (618) 465-2700
Super 8 Motel Alton1800 Homes Adams PkwyAlton, IL (618) 465-8885
Travel Inn717 E BroadwayAlton, IL (618) 462-1011
Hi Way House Motor Inn3023 Godfrey RdGodfrey, IL2.6 mi.(618) 466-6676
Lewis & Clark Motor Lodge530 Lewis & Clark BlvdEast Alton, IL2.8 mi.(618) 254-3831
Redwood Motel5609 Godfrey RdGodfrey, IL3.7 mi.(618) 466-3715
Midwest Motel912 Thorngate RdGranite City, IL9.6 mi.(618) 797-2400
Canal Motel3317 W Chain Of Rocks RdGranite City, IL9.8 mi.(618) 931-0744
Econo Lodge1351 Dunn RdST Louis, MO9.8 mi.(314) 388-1500
Motel 6 04841405 Dunn RdST Louis, MO9.8 mi.(314) 869-9400
Budget Motel3220 W Chain Of Rocks RdGranite City, IL9.9 mi.(618) 931-1414
Chain Of Rocks Motel3228 Chain Of Rocks RdGranite City, IL9.9 mi.(618) 931-6600
Sun Motel3241 W Chain Of Rocks RdGranite City, IL9.9 mi.(618) 797-0241
Apple Valley Motel709 E Chain Of Rocks RdGranite City, IL10.6 mi.(618) 931-6085
Greenway Motel701 E Chain Of RocksGranite City, IL10.6 mi.( ) -
Super 8 Motel St Louis North2790 Target DrSaint Louis, MO10.8 mi.(314) 355-7808
Green Tree Inn15 ML StElsah, IL11.7 mi.(618) 374-2821
Super 8 Motel4141 Timberlake DrPontoon BCH, IL11.7 mi.(618) 931-8808
Comfort Inn & Conference Center3080 S State Rt 157Edwardsville, IL12.5 mi.(618) 656-4900
Best Western-camelot Inn1240 E Old Chain Of RocksPontoon Beach, IL12.5 mi.(618) 624-3636
Red Roof Inn307 Dunn RdFlorissant, MO13.0 mi.(314) 831-7900
Hampton Inn Northwest55 Dunn RdFlorissant, MO13.2 mi.(314) 839-2200
Days Inn7350 N Hanley RdHazelwood, MO13.2 mi.(314) 524-2500
Mary K Inn8911 Dunn RdHazelwood, MO13.5 mi.(314) 921-4400
Baymont Inn & Suites-st Louis Airport318 Taylor RdHazelwood, MO13.7 mi.(314) 731-4200
In Town Suites- St. Louis North9067 Dunn RdHazelwood, MO13.8 mi.(314) 731-1902
Ramada Inn St. Louis Airport North/Hazelwood9079 Dunn RdHazelwood, MO13.8 mi.(314) 731-7700
Granite City Lodge1200 19TH StGranite City, IL13.9 mi.(618) 876-2600
Ramada Limited Granite City5105 State Rt 111Granite City, IL13.9 mi.(618) 797-2727
La Quinta Inn ST Louis-airport5781 Campus Pkwy DrST Louis, MO14.4 mi.(314) 731-3881
Studioplus155 Chapel Ridge RdHazelwood, MO14.7 mi.(573) 731-2707
Comfort Inn And Suites7133 Douglass Palmer PlHazelwood, MO14.8 mi.(314) 895-8899
Extended Stay America6065 N Lindberg AveHazelwood, MO14.8 mi.(314) 731-2991
Drury Inn ST Louis Airport10490 Natural BRG RdST Louis, MO15.1 mi.(314) 423-7700
Renaissance ST Louis Hotel9801 Natural BRG RdST Louis, MO15.1 mi.(314) 429-1100
ST Louis Airport MarriottI-70 @ Lambert International AirportST Louis, MO15.1 mi.(314) 423-9700
Bed & Breakfast
Beall Mansionan Elegant Bed & Breakfast The407 East 12th StAlton, IL (618) 474-9100

Alton Weather & Climate

Southwestern Illinois has a four-season, humid continental climate that borders on a humid, subtropical climate in the southern tip of the state. The weather is variable with hot, humid summers and cold winters. Thunderstorms occur frequently in spring and summer and this region is vulnerable to tornado activity. Average precipitation is 36-44 inches. Southern Illinois is hotter and receives more rain than the northern part of the state near Lake Michigan. Snowfall in southern Illinois is usually less than 15 inches, and as in summertime, temperatures in the south are somewhat higher than in the north. Spring and fall are often the most pleasant times of the year in the state of Illinois.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 36°F 19°F 1.99 in. -
February 41°F 24°F 2.30 in. -
March 52°F 33°F 3.47 in. -
April 64°F 44°F 4.16 in. -
May 74°F 55°F 4.24 in. -
June 83°F 64°F 3.22 in. -
July 88°F 68°F 3.49 in. -
August 86°F 66°F 3.17 in. -
September 79°F 58°F 3.14 in. -
October 67°F 46°F 2.70 in. -
November 53°F 35°F 3.75 in. -
December 40°F 24°F 2.91 in. -

Alton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the St Louis Regional airport (ALN) located about 5 miles east of Alton, the Lambert St Louis International airport (STL) located approximately 15 miles southwest of Alton in St. Louis, Missouri, the Spirit Of St Louis airport (SUS) located roughly 31 miles southwest of Alton in St. Louis, Missouri, the Capital airport (SPI) located around 69 miles northeast of Alton in Springfield, Illinois, and finally the Perryville Municipal airport (K02) located about 73 miles south of Alton in Perryville, Missouri.

Alton Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags St. LouisEurekaMO37.6 mi.
Water Parks
Raging Rivers Water ParkGraftonIL15.6 mi.
Caribbean Water AdventureSpringfieldIL67.8 mi.
The LandingMonroe CityMO99.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Alton Municipal Golf CourseAltonIL 
Cloverleaf Golf CourseAltonIL 
Rock Spring Golf CourseAltonIL 
Roseland Golf CourseAltonIL 
Spencer T Olin Community Golf CourseAltonIL 
Woodlands Golf ClubAltonIL 
Rolling Hills Golf ClubGodfreyIL3.5 mi.
Belk Park Golf CourseWood RiverIL6.2 mi.
American Legion Golf CourseMarshallIL12.3 mi.
Old Fleurissant Golf ClubFlorissantMO12.3 mi.
American Legion Post 199 Golf CourseEdwardsvilleIL12.7 mi.
Fox Creek Golf ClubEdwardsvilleIL12.7 mi.
St Catherines Village GolfEdwardsvilleIL12.7 mi.
Legacy Golf CourseGranite CityIL14.0 mi.
Grandvue Golf CourseBunker HillIL14.5 mi.
Gateway National Golf LinksMadisonIL15.4 mi.
Stonebridge Golf ClubMaryvilleIL16.8 mi.
Berry Hill Golf CourseBridgetonMO16.9 mi.
Wolves Crossing Golf CourseJerseyvilleIL17.4 mi.
St Ann Golf CourseSaint AnnMO17.5 mi.
Oak Brook Golf CourseEdwardsvilleIL17.9 mi.
Fairmont Golf Course & Driving RangeFairmont CityIL18.5 mi.
TeeUp Golf Centers Indian Mounds Golf CourseFairmont CityIL18.5 mi.
Missouri Bluffs Golf ClubSaint CharlesMO19.5 mi.
St Charles Golf CourseSaint CharlesMO19.5 mi.
Crystal Springs Quarry Golf ClubMaryland HeightsMO19.6 mi.
Eagle Springs Golf CourseSaint LouisMO19.6 mi.
Emerald Greens Golf CourseSaint LouisMO19.6 mi.
Normandie Golf CourseSaint LouisMO19.6 mi.
Pevely Farms Golf ClubSt. LouisMO19.6 mi.
State Parks
Horseshoe Lake State ParkIL15.8 mi. 
Cahokia Mounds State ParkIL18.2 mi. 
Pere Marquette State ParkIL20.6 mi. 
Holten State ParkIL21.9 mi. 
Beaver Dam State ParkIL23.4 mi. 
Fort Zumwalt State ParkMO30.9 mi. 
Castlewood State ParkMO32.6 mi. 
Babler State ParkMO34.9 mi. 
Mastodon State ParkMO39.0 mi. 
McCabe Powers Historical MuseumSt. LouisMO19.2 mi.(History)
Museum of Westward Expansion-Gateway ArchSt. LouisMO19.2 mi.(History)
International Bowling Museum and Hall of FameSt. LouisMO19.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Forum for Contemporary ArtSt. LouisMO19.2 mi.(Art)
Laumeier Sculpture Park and MuseumSt. LouisMO19.2 mi.(Art)
St. Louis Art MuseumSt. LouisMO19.2 mi.(Art)
Labor & Industry MuseumBellevilleIL28.0 mi.(History)
Fenton History MuseumFentonMO30.9 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO19.2 mi.
Henson Robinson ZooSpringfieldIL67.8 mi.

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