Quincy, IL

“One of America’s most artistic towns” by Expedia two years running, Quincy graces

Illinois’ westernmost curve of the Mississippi along the Great River Road, our national historic byway. 

Built on the limestone bluffs in 1825, the city is steeped in history, hospitality, and natural beauty. Known for outstanding architecture, preservation, agri-tourism and a dynamic cultural & culinary scene, Quincy is the “Gem City” of Western Illinois. 

Situated midway between the neighboring historic communities of Nauvoo & Pittsfield, IL, Quincy claims the ideal vantage point for day tripping and exploring scenic side roads. Visitors enjoy area sights and attractions via curated self-guided driving tours and handy guides, some of which are outlined below.

  • Local Fix Culinary Guide outlines 70 delicious locally owned eateries to satisfy those equally obsessed with food as Quincyans. A must is the iconic Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop, home of the “loose meat sandwich”, visited by Food Network’s Alton Brown. Served diner style, the “no tipping allowed” policy affords ample room in the pocket book for a slice of homemade cream pie. Be sure to indulge in Underbrink’s Bakery, est. 1929. Utilizing original German “formulas”, the local and regional favorite offers melt-in-your-mouth Angel Food Cupcakes, Nut Rolls and Radio Rolls to die for.
  • STOUT ROUTE 3000 is a fun “little” food itinerary saluting the Great River Road’s 3000-mile course. Eateries along the Quincy area’s portion of the best scenic drive in America are showcased, with menus approaching 3,000 calories per meal at some pretty stout stops. 
  • Mississippi Valley Wine Trail weaves the locally made offerings of five Western Illinois wineries together in one guide. Note Spirit Knob Winery on the Mississippi bluffs, distinguished as an Illinois Made establishment with award-winning vino. Take the Trail Blazer Challenge and visit all five wineries to receive a complimentary signature T-shirt.
  • Abundant Architecture Self-Guided Driving Tour of 15 distinct areas of the architecturally diverse city. Quincy touts four National Register Historic Districts with over 3,600 contributing properties. To commemorate the 2018 Bicentennial of Illinois, Quincy’s 1900 Villa Kathrine Castle is #2 on the Bucket List of “Architecture: 20 must-see attractions in Illinois” (chicagotribune.com).
  • Quincy {Off the Record} reveals the surprising faces of thirteen famous, or infamous, former Quincy area residents. An intriguing self-guided driving tour uncovers the “Doctor of Death” and its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, The Maltese Falcon Starlette Mary Astor, and ten other notable characters.
  • Ten Acre Tree Houses outside of historic Nauvoo offer a life-changing, off-grid lodging experience that’s a serene and true world respite.

The Quincy area is the naturally beautiful and relaxed destination to enjoy local flavor and culture, with the charm of Midwest hospitality and value. Request or download complimentary guides today ~ 800.978.4748 | seequincy.com.

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