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Nauvoo is a small town situated on a wide bend in the Mississippi River in a remote corner of west-central Illinois. With a population of only 1,063, Nauvoo nonetheless attracts a large number of visitors each year for its historical and religious significance. The town was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Latter-day Saints. He named the town Nauvoo "to be beautiful," from the traditional Sephardi Hebrew language. Nauvoos historic district contains nearly 50 restored sties from the 1800s. You can enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the historic district and visit the Nauvoo Visitors Center, which features displays, artifacts, and a garden with a Monument to Women. In Nauvoo, you can also experience all the workings of a vineyard at Baxters Village, Illinois oldest winery. Recreation in the area includes golf at the Great River Road Golf Club. Carved out of the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, the golf club is situated along the Great River Roads scenic byway south of Nauvoo. It has been named "truly one of the best golf bargains anywhere," by Midwest Golf Magazine. Also near the town is Nauvoo State Park, situated on the banks of the Mississippi. This 148-acre park features a 13-acre lake for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking and camping. Nauvoo State Park is also the site of an annual grape festival. Nauvoo not only has a unique name and history, but also has an amazing number of attractions and activities for a town of its size and population.

Nauvoo Vacation Rentals

Nauvoo Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hotel Nauvoo1290 MulhollandNauvoo, IL (217) 453-2211
Motel Nauvoo1610 Mulholland StNauvoo, IL (217) 453-2219
Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites1865 Mulholland StNauvoo, IL (217) 453-6527
Village Inn Motel Nauvoo1350 ParleyNauvoo, IL (217) 453-6634
Comfort Inn & Suites6169 Reve CtFort Madison, IA6.8 mi.(319) 372-6800
Super 8 Fort Madison5107 Ave OFort Madison, IA6.8 mi.(319) 372-8500
Super 8 Motel Keokuk3511 MainKeokuk, IA8.7 mi.(319) 524-3888
Fairfield Inn3404 Main StKeokuk, IA8.9 mi.(319) 524-9000
States Motel1420 Keokuk StHamilton, IL10.6 mi.( ) -
Prairie Winds Motel1746 E Us Hwy 136Carthage, IL15.9 mi.(217) 357-3101
Americinn628 S Gear AveWest Burlington, IA22.0 mi.(319) 758-9000
Comfort Inn3051 KirkwoodBurlington, IA22.8 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Super 8 Motel Burlington3001 KirkwoodBurlington, IA22.9 mi.(319) 752-9806
Arrowhead Motel2520 MT Pleasant StBurlington, IA23.0 mi.(319) 752-6353
Best Western Pzazz Motor Inn3001 Winegard DrBurlington, IA23.0 mi.(319) 753-2223
Comfort Suites Hotel & Conference Center1780 Stonegate Center DrBurlington, IA23.0 mi.(319) 753-1300
Fairfield Inn1213 N Roosevelt AveBurlington, IA23.0 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1601 N Roosevelt AveBurlington, IA23.1 mi.(319) 752-0000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1605 N RoseveltBurl, IA23.2 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp

Nauvoo Weather & Climate

The west central region of Illinois has a continental, four-season climate. January is generally the coldest month of the year. Snowfall varies from year to year, but it is not uncommon to experience heavy snow and even blizzards in central Illinois. Spring comes slowly to the Midwest, starting out with cool weather and lots of rain and thunderstorms. Gradually, the first hint of warmer weather comes in late spring. Summers, by contrast, are warm to hot, with variable humidity. You can expect violent thunderstorms almost anytime in central Illinois, but they occur most frequently between March - July. Central Illinois also lies within the Midwest tornado belt. Fall is beautiful in this region with mild sunny days and cool evenings. The average precipitation in this region is 36-40 inches per year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 12°F 1.52 in. -
February 34°F 18°F 1.54 in. -
March 47°F 28°F 2.79 in. -
April 60°F 39°F 3.93 in. -
May 72°F 50°F 3.94 in. -
June 81°F 59°F 4.39 in. -
July 84°F 64°F 3.98 in. -
August 82°F 61°F 4.32 in. -
September 76°F 53°F 3.57 in. -
October 64°F 41°F 2.73 in. -
November 47°F 30°F 2.91 in. -
December 34°F 18°F 2.27 in. -

Nauvoo Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Keokuk Municipal airport (EOK) located about 6 miles southwest of Nauvoo in Keokuk, Iowa, the Southeast Iowa Regional airport (BRL) located approximately 21 miles northeast of Nauvoo in Burlington, Iowa, Quincy Regional Baldwin Field (UIN) located roughly 42 miles south of Nauvoo in Quincy, Illinois, the Galesburg Municipal airport (GBG) located around 56 miles east of Nauvoo in Galesburg, Illinois, the Muscatine Municipal airport (MUT) located about 58 miles north of Nauvoo in Muscatine, Iowa, the Ottumwa Industrial airport (OTM) located approximately 67 miles northwest of Nauvoo in Ottumwa, Iowa, and finally the Kirksville Regional airport (IRK) located roughly 68 miles west of Nauvoo in Kirksville, Missouri.

Nauvoo Attractions

Water Parks
The Beach OttumwaOttumwaIA60.6 mi.
The LandingMonroe CityMO64.4 mi.
Wacky WatersDavenportIA79.6 mi.
Caribbean Water AdventureSpringfieldIL105.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Great River Road Golf ClubNauvooIL 
Spring Lake Golf CourseFort MadisonIA6.4 mi.
Sheaffer Memorial Golf ParkFort MadisonIA11.0 mi.
Deer Run Golf CourseHamiltonIL11.2 mi.
Green Acres Country ClubDonnellsonIA12.0 mi.
Twin Lakes of KahokaKahokaMO19.2 mi.
Flint Hills Municipal Golf CourseBurlingtonIA22.7 mi.
Spirit Hollow Golf CourseBurlingtonIA22.7 mi.
Birch Creek Golf ClubUnionMO23.1 mi.
Deerwood Golf ClubNew LondonIA23.9 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf ClubBlandinsvilleIL27.6 mi.
Mount Pleasant Golf & Country ClubMount PleasantIA29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski SnowstarTaylor RidgeIL69.1 mi.
State Parks
Nauvoo State ParkIL0.5 mi. 
Montebello State ParkIL10.9 mi. 
Athens State ParkMO16.7 mi. 
Geode State ParkIA19.6 mi. 
Argyle Lake State ParkIL32.5 mi. 
Lacey-Keosauqua State ParkIA33.2 mi. 
Weinborg-King State ParkIL34.0 mi. 
Woodthrush State ParkIA37.0 mi. 
Delabar State ParkIL37.2 mi. 
Wakonda State ParkMO38.4 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Glen Oak ZooPeoriaIL94.8 mi.
Henson Robinson ZooSpringfieldIL105.4 mi.

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