Great River Road
States: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin
Length: 2069.0 mi / 3329.7 km
Time to Allow: Allow six days to drive or ten days to enjoy the entire byway.
Throughout history, the Mississippi River influenced many lives: the Dakota, Chippewa, and Hopewell cultures; early French voyagers; African-Americans seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad; and many more. Through its charming river towns and metropolitan cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts, today's Great River Road still links resources, people, and history.
No matter what kind of music you love, you’ll get your fill on the Great River Road. Traversing ten states, the Mississippi River has tasted every type of lifestyle and every type of music. Travel the Great River Road and get a taste of the music for yourself.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow has been described as the first truly American poet. Hiawatha became America's most widely read poem of the 19th Century, spreading the fame of Minnehaha Falls and the uppermost regions of the Mississippi. Despite many misconceptions, both fact and literature contribute to the beauty of Minnehaha Park.
to Enjoy the Ride...
2-Day Trip: Baton Rouge to New Orleans
Take a tour of the Louisiana Great River Road and enjoy the interesting history of the area. Cross the Mississippi River by way of several bridges...
1-Day Trip: Exploring Southern Treasures of the Lower Mississippi Great River Road
In just over 100 miles, you can discover multiple sites of historical significance at both the state and national level. This route connects four...
The following byways are part of the designated byway Great River Road: