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 Live Music Venue

1.Music Under the Stars (Hannibal, MO)

Every Thursday you can join the free “Music Under the Stars” outdoor summer concert series in front of Mark Twain’s home. Bring your lawn chairs!

2.Ground Zero Blues Club (Clarksdale, MS)

Bringing you Mississippi Blues and Good Ol’ Southern Eats for over 15 years.  Join them for live music every Wednesday through Saturday night.

3.Wide River Winery (LeClaire, IA)

The Le Claire tasting room has a nice outdoor courtyard and is the place to be on Friday nights during the season, when they host live music by talented local musicians.

4.Grafton Winery & Brewhaus (Grafton, IL)

Situated in the heart of historic Grafton, view the confluence of the Mississippi & Illinois Rivers from their spacious patios or glass enclosed seating area.

5.Liberty Bank Amphitheater (Alton, IL)

A 3,000-seat outdoor venue located on the beautiful riverfront of downtown Alton! You are invited to enjoy a picnic and take in the wonderful view of the Mississippi River.


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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.