Situated along the magnificent Mississippi River, Davenport and the Quad Cities are ideally located directly in the center of the Midwest. Davenport is equidistant from Chicago and Des Moines, a mere 2.5-hour drive. Within four to six hours, travelers can reach St. Louis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Omaha or Kansas City. Residents, visitors and businesses all enjoy the trouble-free access in and out of Davenport/Quad Cities through a variety of transportation modes.
The area is positioned at the crossroads of major roadways, affording drivers a number of links to sites across the country. Interstates 80 and 88 connect the Quad Cities to Chicago, with I-80 offering a direct route to both the east and west coasts. Interstate 74 offers commuters a link to Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Several U.S., Illinois and Iowa state highways wind through the region as well.
The modern Quad City International Airport in Moline provides a choice of over 60 daily flights through five airlines serving eight nonstop cities: Orlando, Denver, Chicago (via O’Hare and Midway airports), Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit and Memphis. The airport is home to several major air freight carriers with an on-site U.S. Customs Port of Entry and Civil Air Patrol. General aviation and private aircraft rental and maintenance are available in Moline and at the Davenport Municipal Airport.
People can also choose to travel to and from the Quad Cities on Greyhound or Burlington Trailways. While here, they have the convenience of hopping on one of the many metropolitan buses that serve the area. Three integrated bus systems provide rides to sites throughout the Quad Cities.
Commuters can readily access the Northeast-Southwest passenger rail service provided by Amtrak in nearby Galesburg, while local business and industry can utilize three freight connections: the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the Iowa Interstate and the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Corporation Railroads.
The Channel Cat Water Taxi provides recreational transportation across the Mississippi River between Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline and East Moline, Illinois from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and on weekends in September. Cruisers on the Channel Cat can sit back and enjoy the serenity of the majestic Mississippi.