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 Kept Secret On The River

1.Mark Twain Riverboat (Hannibal, MO)

The Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront for more than 30 years, they strive to offer you a fun riverboat experience on the Mighty Mississippi.

2.Buffalo Bill Museum (LeClaire, IA)

The museum houses Buffalo Bill memorabilia, the wood-hulled steamboat “Lone Star”, riverboat pilot exhibits, Sauk and Fox tribe artifacts, and displays of pioneer life.

3.Elsah, IL

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Elsah’s beautifully preserved buildings and quiet surroundings give visitors a glimpse of the past.

4.(Tie) Potosi Brewery (Potosi, WI)  

Housing the National Brewery Museum showcasing an eclectic collection of beer bottles and cans, glasses, trays, coasters, advertising materials and various collectibles.

4.(Tie) Audubon Center at Riverlands (West Alton, MO)

Connecting people to the beauty and significance of the Mississippi River and the Great Rivers confluence, to inspire conservation of the river’s rich diversity.

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.