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 Hostel

1.Little Bluff Inn (Trempealeau, WI)

Nestled at the base of Little Bluff in the scenic village of Trempealeau, Little Bluff Inn offers a location that’s a short walk to the Mississippi Riverfront and downtown.

2.Auberge Hostels (New Orleans, LA)

Their guests love the social atmosphere. It’s one of their top priorities. Come experience the world famous pre-game, every night at 8 at the hostel.

3.Old Wilson School (La Crosse, WI)

The old schoolhouse desks are replaced by modern, comfortable furniture in the restored Wilson Schoolhouse. You can now relax in comfort surrounded by Wisconsin hills.

4.Mississippi Headwaters Hostel (Park Rapids, MN)

If you crave fresh air, meeting travelers from around the world, and kicking your feet after a day of hiking, then check into the HI Mississippi Headwaters hostel.

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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.