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 Lodge

1.Pere Marquette State Park (Grafton, IL)

Native stone and rustic timbers blend with the new to provide first-class accommodations in an historical setting. 50 spacious guest rooms and 22 stone guest cabin rooms.

2.Historic Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)

Restaurant, bar, music and lodging on the Mississippi. Meals made from scratch using responsibly sourced ingredients. Welcoming vibe and beautiful views.

3.White Deer Lodge (Arcadia, WI)

A lodge featuring all the comforts of home but with peaceful seclusion and an endless supply of nature. Enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the Midwest!

4.Arrowwood Lodge Baxter (Baxter, MN)

Staying at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes is like retreating to a cozy cabin—just with all the comforts of a modern hotel. Known for its rustic beauty and waterpark.

5.Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters (River Falls, WI)

A fine boutique fly fishing lodge stream-side on the Kinnickinnic River in the Northern Driftless Area of River Falls, Wisconsin. Quiet and secluded.

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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.