Summer Road Trip Idea: Drive the Great River Road!


Looking for a fun summer road trip?

You don’t have to look far for a trip full of scenic beauty, culture, history, and recreation.

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway passes through the tri-state area following Great River Road Routethe course of the Mississippi River. The 3,000 mile road travels from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico and takes about 36 hours of straight driving to travel north to south.

Most people take four to 10 days to make the journey, but you can plan a shorter trip and only drive a portion of it!

great-river-road-signThere are more than 70 designated Great River Road Interpretive Centers along the way to help you make the most of your trip, as well as scenic overlooks and locks and dams to check out.

The route is marked with white signs with a green pilot’s wheel logo.

Here is a list of river attractions on the Great River Road:

Download the Drive the Great River Road app to help with your trip:

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