Alton, Illinois is the perfect place to visit as fall spreads a colorful blanket of colors across the country side. From fresh picks at local orchards to exploring horseback riding or hiking the more than 15 nature trails to uncovering the mysteries of the most haunted small town in the USA, Alton is a great fall trip destination!
Apple orchards add to the region’s fall fun lineup. On a trip to a local orchard you can sample the freshest apple cider and bite into the richest apple pie around. Hunt the most perfect apples in the more than a dozen area orchards. Many orchards have weekend music, children’s play and haunted houses, along with hayrides and pumpkin patches to delight visitors.
Along with fun fall festivals are the authentic haunted houses and other spooky activities to thrill your senses. The Alton area has been called “the most haunted small town in the USA” by Fate magazine, a publication that has been reporting paranormal activity for more than 40 years. Tours of the frightening residences and haunted locations are available with experience tour guides in the spring, summer and fall.
A popular way to experience the changes of fall is by horseback riding or hiking the more than 15 nature trails highlighting the wildlife and plants in the area. A walk is transformed into a fulfilling nature lesson with some trails providing interpretative stations along the way. Saddle up at Pere Marquette State Park for an adventurous horseback ride. Bring along your camera to catch the beautiful monarch butterflies that migrate to the region and flock to the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge in Grafton. They dance from each blossom to the next along the Gilbert Lake Trail.
Plan Your Trip To Alton, Illinois
Of course, the best way to discover the endless opportunities for fun and recreation in the Alton area is to order a current copy of the Visitor's Guide and Calendar of Events by visiting the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. They can also help you plan a trip designed around the activities and attractions as well!