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 Interpretive Center

1.The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum (Hannibal, MO)

Wander through some of Sam’s most famous novels-ride a raft with Huck and Jim, explore a cave with Tom and Becky, pilot a steamboat and paint the famous whitewashed fence.

2.National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)

Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires by creating experiences where history and rivers come alive!

3.National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN

An educational interpretive center, home to live bald and golden eagles. “Connecting people to eagles in nature, history and cultures.” Open year round.

4.National Great Rivers Museum (Alton, IL)

The Museum features state of the art interactive displays and exhibits that help visitors understand the many aspects of the Mississippi River and how it affects our lives.

5.Delta Blues Museum (Clarksdale, MS)

Dedicated to helping visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.

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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.