Located along the Mighty Mississippi River – the only place, in fact, where that river runs east to west – The Quad-Cities is the largest metropolitan area between Minneapolis and St. Louis. The name “Quad-Cities” is also a bit of a misnomer, as the collection of river cities and towns that make up the region include nearly a dozen in Illinois and Iowa. The major cities include Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois, with a total population of more than 380,000.
People in the Quad Cities know how to celebrate and recreate, with hundreds of festivals and attractions delighting visitors and residents alike. From the John Deere Pavilion and other Deere attractions, biking trails, the Rock Island Arsenal, historic sites, and its wealth of museums, arts, and cultural venues, there is something for everyone here. The Quad Cities combines big-city amenities with true Midwestern hospitality in a destination that is easy to navigate and located just 2 ½ hours from Chicago and Des Moines.