Great River Road

  • Start: Park Rapids, MN
  • End: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Last Modified: 2012-01-27 18:42:42
  • Total Mileage: 2069 Miles
  • Number of stops: 15


The French Quarter. Huckleberry Finn. The Gateway Arch. There may be no journey quite so quintessentially American as the Great River Road. Stretching more than 2,000 miles along the Mississippi River (“The Big Muddy”), this just may be the ultimate road trip. Many travelers begin their journey at the headwaters of America’s longest river at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. From there, road trippers make their way through the heartland, past bluffs and quaint farming communities, and travel south until they hit the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, you’ll visit major cities like St. Louis and New Orleans, experience important moments in American history like the Battle of Vicksburg, and get a taste for the music, food and unique flavor of life along the river. The Great River Road runs along both sides of the river at points and includes portions in 10 states. Highlights include plantation homes in the Deep South, blues holy ground like the famed Crossroads in Mississippi, barbeque in Memphis, classic river steamboats, attractions in New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis and the Twin Cities, and mile after mile of gorgeous scenery and river life.

Stop #1:

Lake Itasca State Park
Park Rapids, MN

Stop #2:

Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota

Stop #3:

National Eagle Center
Wabasha, Minnesota

Stop #4:

Grandad Bluff
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Stop #5:

National Brewery Museum
Potosi, WI

Stop #6:

Galena, IL
Galena, IL

Stop #8:

John Deere Pavilion
Moline, Illinois

Stop #9:

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
Sioux City, IA

Stop #10:

Gateway Arch
St. Louis, Missouri

Stop #11:

Ste. Genevieve, MO
Ste. Genevieve, MO

Stop #12:

Memphis, Tennessee

Stop #13:

Charles Vergo's Rendezvous Restaurant
Memphis, Tennessee

Stop #14:

Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg, Mississippi

Stop #15:

Jackson Square
New Orleans, Louisiana

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