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 Memorial 

1.Lincoln and Douglas Debate (Alton, IL)

The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Today Lincoln Douglas Square is a monument to this historic event.

2.Soldiers Walk Memorial Park (Arcadia, WI)

A 54 acre Memorial Park, the centerpiece is a tribute to American statesmen and members of the armed forces who have served our country in times of war.

3.Illinois Memorial (Vicksburg, MS)

The Illinois State Memorial preserves in enduring bronze and stone the name of every soldier from Illinois who participated in the siege of Vicksburg.

4.Veterans Memorial Park (Cuba City, WI)

A Memorial to all Veterans from the Cuba City area, the park just of Main Street, contains contains pavilions, fountains, and a playground for small children.

5.Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross (Wickliffe, KY)

The Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross is a 95-foot memorial that stands high upon a bluff at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

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