While participating in the Nauvoo Discovery Program, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of historic sites, local tourist attractions, and nearby cities. Below are a few of the many locations and sites you can expect to discover during your program.
Nauvoo Historic Sites tells the story of early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who settled here between 1839-1846 and built a thriving and dynamic city on a bend of the Mississippi River. Nauvoo provided the Latter-day Saints with rest for several years until religious persecution again forced their departure in 1846.
Trail of Hope
The Trail of Hope is located in Old Nauvoo on "The Flats" It is a trail leading from the Nauvoo Seventies Hall, down Parley Street to the Mississippi River. Along the trail, there are platforms with words of the saints about their experience waiting to cross the river to escape persecution.
Enjoy visiting the Temple and being on Temple grounds and Temple hill.
The Martyrdom Trail
The Martyrdom Trail is the final path taken by The Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith to Carthage Jail.
Carthage Jail is about 30 minutes from Nauvoo. It is The place of the Martyrdom of The Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith, which happened in June of 1844.
Carthage offers other places that you might want to visit such as Carthage Lake, the Kibbe Museum, and the unique downtown square.
Stone Arch Bridge
The Stone Arch Bridge Is a local favorite, especially when there has been a lot of rain. This place offers a great photo op!
Pioneer Saints Cemetery
The Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds (Pioneer Saints Cemetery) is a short 6-minute drive southeast of the Nauvoo Temple. You can find headstones from the early 1840's. Do you have a relative buried here?
Here is an informational article about the cemetery by one of Nauvoos' previous residents, Rosemary Palmer:
Reflections on the Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds
Riley Creek Rest Area off HWY 96
Stone Arch Bridge
Mississippi River Walk
Sycamore Road Walk
Nauvoo State Park - Hiking Trails
Walking on the Flats
Temple Hill at sunset
Sunset at the end of Parley Street
The Women's Garden
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Iowa City, Iowa
A place where you can question, think, debate, learn, enjoy, and grow.
From history to food to shopping, there is no shortage of fun in the Peoria Area.
St. Louis, Missouri
The city is brimming with free, world-class attractions and boasts an arts-and-culture scene that’s second to none. Plus, fans of fresh air will be surprised and delighted by our flourishing public parks, miles of trails and exhilarating waterways.