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 Food Trail 

Driftless Wine & Cheese Trail (Wisconsin Driftless Region)

Plan your self-guided tour of  southwestern Wisconsin’s stunning natural beauty while enjoying award-winning wine and cheese at seven estate wineries and seven creameries.

Hot Tamale Trail (Mississippi Delta)

The Hot Tamale Trail, winds its way through the Mississippi Delta region from Vicksburg to Tunica. The tamale has been a staple of the Delta region for over 100 years.

Coulee Region Craft Beverage Trail (La Crosse, Wisconsin)

Follow the trail through the Coulee Region’s best wineries, local craft breweries and distilleries in the area. Collect stamps at each location for a chance to win.

See results for Best of the River 2019

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.