Best of the River is focused on the best attractions, accommodations,  food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from northern Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Education Center

1.National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)

The National Eagle Center is a must-see that offers a unique experience that brings visitors within a few feet of these majestic raptors without any barrier in between.

2.National Great Rivers Museum (Alton, IL)

This museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Mississippi River, from its colorful history to its modern-day role as a major transportation corridor.

3.Delta Blues Museum (Clarksdale, MS)

The Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to helping visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique musical art form of the blues.

4.The Nature Institute (Godfrey, IL)

Fostering an awareness and appreciation of the natural world through preservation, restoration, and education. Offers free, public hiking April through November.

5.Effigy Mounds National Monument (Harpers Ferry, IA)

A visit offers opportunities to contemplate the meanings of the mounds and the people who built them. The American Indian mounds are located in the picturesque Upper Mississippi.

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In 2019, thousands submitted their Best of The River choices in categories ranging from best cultural trail, best monument, best public art, best river boat tour, best brewery and more.