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 Hidden Gem

1.Alton, Illinois

Alton is one of America’s great river towns. It is filled with historic homes, great shops and diverse industry. Abundant with historical figures to discover.

2.Bluestown Music (Clarksdale, MS)

Bluestown Music, located in historic downtown Clarksdale where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil, carries a wide variety of new and vintage guitars, basses and amps.

3.Potosi Brewery (Potosi, WI)

Re-founded on its original site in 2008, the Potosi Brewing Company has brought craft brewing back to Main Street Potosi, WI. Today they craft only the highest quality beer.

4.River Pilot Homes (LeClaire, IA)

Le Claire’s historic bond with the river and the bold men who tamed the Upper Rapids is still visible in the homes and buildings they left behind.

5.Yellow River State Forest (Allamakee County, IA)

Yellow River Forest is located in Allamakee County in northeast Iowa.  It has the Big Paint Creek, Little Paint Creek and equestrian campgrounds.

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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.