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 Inn 

1.Jail Hill Inn (Galena, IL)

This 135-year-old, 4-story brick building (which served as the county jail for nearly 100 years) has been lovingly transformed into Galena’s premier bed and breakfast

2.Shack Up Inn (Clarksdale, MS)

Immerse yourself in the history found within these restored sharecropper shacks. Walk the grounds around the original cotton gin and find a mechanized cotton picker.

3.Clarksdale White House (Clarksdale, MS)

This stately, historic Clarksdale White House, circa 1917 is only 3 blocks from downtown. Covered private parking & private backyard garden. Much more!

4.Inn on the River (Trempealeau, WI)

Located in downtown Trempealeau, guests are minutes from the town’s quaint restaurants, stores and many outdoor opportunities. Each room has views of the Mississippi River.

5.Little Switzerland Inn (McGregor, IA)

Just across the street from the Little Switzerland Inn, Mississippi River tugboats slide past, as they have since 1862 when the Inn was built.

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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.