My sentimental favorite is the beautiful pioneer cemetary up at the top of the
hill east of the old town. We were there on a remarkable spring morning several
years ago. It is walking on sacred groud.
I would highly suggest taking the road that follows the river north on the
Hannibal side until you get to Montrose. There are wonderful views of the temple
on the hill on the opposite side of the river. There is a small road side park
north of Montrose that also offers a splendid view of the temple. My wife and I
made the trip in 2009 and it was a very poignant moment for the both of us as we
thought about the saints who looked back at the temple, knowing it would be the
last time they saw it.
Visitors to Nauvoo may not want to be so LDS-centric. The Community of Christ
sites are also worthwhile. I've seen interesting presentation of the history
that describe events beyond what the LDS church documents. (and it wasn't
anti-LDS at all) Also, while their world headquarters/temple is certainly
different than what LDS are used to, the building is quite fascinating with its
natural lighting and I highly recommend seeing an organ concert or demonstration
Dear trytobereasonable, One of the ten sites listed included sites
owned by the Community of Christ. Yes, I agree, they are also worthwhile. Your recommendation that visitors include the Community of Christ
world headquarters/temple and an organ concert or demonstration recital is not a
bad idea, but I would point out that the article is about things to see in
Nauvoo, Illinois. One would have to drive several hundred miles to
Independence, Missouri, to take in the temple and a demonstration of their
organ. In the same vein as your recommendations, one might want
to visit Parley Parker Pratt's grave just outside of Alma, Arkansas. It is
I love Nauvoo! Walking the old streets and seeing the historical sites first
hand is so inspiring and soul satifying. There is such a sense of peace. What
they were able to accomplish in such a short time is almost miraculous. Even my
children loved it. Go if you have the time and desire. See the summer pagents.
Nauvoo will not disappoint you!