Great River Road Vacations

Millions of people from all over the world visit the Great River Road annually. This road follows the course of the Mississippi River as it winds through 10 states. Travelers may need to use a Visitors Guide or brochures to help them decide which of the road’s attractions they want to see.

Minnesota is at the northern end of the road. The National Eagle Center in Wabasha is a great place for birdwatchers.

Travelers who head south from Minnesota to Wisconsin in September can enjoy the Great River Road Festival in Cassville.

Heading southwest from Wisconsin into Iowa gives travelers a chance to explore the George M. Verity Riverboat Museum in Keokuk.

Taking the road as it goes south between Iowa and Illinois will take travelers past Iowa’s Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton. Travelers who want a break from sitting in the car will enjoy hiking here.

Heading south along the road from Iowa into Missouri will take travelers past St. Louis. Visitors can stop in St. Louis to see scenic views from the Gateway Arch, visit the zoo or browse through specialty shops at Union Station.

Kentucky is next to the southeastern corner of Missouri. The Great River Road here will take visitors past Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus. Park visitors can hike, picnic and visit a Civil War Museum. The museum is open during the spring and summer.

Travelers on the road can get a taste of city life when they head south from Kentucky past Memphis. Memphis has country music museums and restaurants that serve Southern food.

Crossing the Mississippi River from Tennessee into Arkansas will give travelers a chance to visit the Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village.

Travelers can then head west into Mississippi to see the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.

People can end their trip by stopping in New Orleans to enjoy New Orleans specialties such as jambalaya, gumbo and muffalettas.

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