Sleep Inn & Suites
4 Regency Drive
Pontoon Beach, IL 62040
Phone: (618) 512-1314
Fax: (618) 512-1315
4 Regency Drive, Pontoon Beach, IL, US, 62040
- Phone: (618) 512-1314
- Fax: (618) 512-1315
One of the most stunning features of the 47-mile (75-kilometer) Chain of Rocks Canal is the 22-degree (0.38 radian) turn in the middle. The purpose behind this unique piece of engineering was to keep the river level high enough so as to provide adequate navigation levels across the canal. Another feature to note in the canal is the rocky area in the Mississippi that was the inspiration behind its name. Two Gothic structures facilitate water intake for the Water Treatment Facility. It is no doubt a great sight and features on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located at the convergence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Its myriad habitats support a multitude of wildlife. The area is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Gardens are nestled in the sprawling campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. This botanical garden that provides for extensive research also allows general public to enjoy its scenic beauty. Check website for details.
The Collinsville Masonic Temple Lodge No. 712 A.F. & A.M. was erected in 1912. In 2005, it was included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Bissell Street Water Tower is also known as New Red Tower, and was constructed in 1886. It was built by Deputy Building Commissioner William S. Eames, and was in service until 1912. The water tower was constructed using red brick, light gray stone and terra cotta. The interior also had a spiral staircase which led to the balcony at the top. The tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1970.
The Wainwright Tomb is a historic mausoleum which comprises the mortal remains of Charlotte Dickson Wainwright, her husband and her in-laws. The tomb was designed by famous architect Louis Sullivan in the Chicago school style of architecture. This beautiful tomb was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
One of the most fascinating river attractions in Illinois. See barges elevate on water as they make passage on the mighty Mississippi River. A great family attraction.
An enormous Catholic church on the edge of the downtown business district, St. Joseph's Shrine dates back to the 1840s, when ethnic churches primarily German, Polish, Italian and Irish ones ministered to and schooled new immigrants. After a Vatican-authenticated miracle occurred there in 1864, the church was greatly enlarged in 1866 and then again in 1881, at which time its Baroque facade and twin towers were added. In the 1960s and 1970s, when the neighborhood had long since given way to commercial development, the underused church was almost demolished. A local group spearheaded a drive to save and restore the massive church, spending well over $1 million in the process. Tours are offered every week after the 11am Sunday service.
Celebrity watchers will have the opportunity to see more than 200 famous people and historical figures depicted in wax at this downtown museum. See the likes of Henry VIII and his wives, Elvis, Michael Jackson and other notables, including the Pope. The museum is located in the Laclede's Landing entertainment district, an easy walk to restaurants, clubs and souvenir shops. Receive two free children's tickets with each adult ticket.
The district is named after Pierre Laclede, the man who founded St. Louis. Amuse yourself by walking on the cobblestone streets or, if you are feeling bold, take a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy the view of the riverboat casinos on the Mississippi. There are several restaurants to choose from, and when the weather permits, you can dine outside and listen to the street musicians. Partake in a dinner theater show at the Royal Dumpe, which is actually a lot better than the name implies.
Built circa 1995, this landmark is located in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, seating more than 70,000 people for sporting events, concerts and conventions. Although the dome is young, it has been a host to many personalities and groups, such as the Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, the Pope and the St. Louis Rams. Tickets can be purchased by telephone, through the dome's Web site or at the box office. Parking around and near the dome is plentiful, and most spots are within easy walking distance. MetroLink may be the best way to get there. There are concession vendors and onsite novelty sales.
St. Louis is a city that is proud of its professional sports teams. If you are a football fan, you can catch some great National Football League games at the Trans World Dome when the Rams are playing at home. Fans pack the 66,000-seat arena to cheer for the Rams, who moved here from Los Angeles in 1995. As you might expect, traffic can be a nightmare around the downtown arena during home games. No parking is allowed in front of the Broadway central entrance.