The unexpectedness of discovery can be one of the most gratifying experiences in our lives. Whether we are discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that we haven’t explored in years, the feeling envelopes our senses and brings joy and happiness to the forefront of our adventures. It was in 1680 that French explorers first established a fort along the Illinois River where our communities now thrive. Before that, Native Americans had settled in our region for centuries, creating a network of commerce and trade along the river. Today, our great communities continue to be a hub for travel and business and home to hundreds of thousands. We invite you to explore our region, to create new memories, and to discover why the Peoria region has been so special, for so long, in so many hearts.
- J.D. Dalfonso, Enjoy Peoria President/CEO