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 Military Museum

1.Rock Island Arsenal (Quad Cities)

The primary mission of the museum is to portray the history of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island. The museum is well known for its significant weapons collection.

2.Vicksburg National Military Park (Warren County, MS)

Over 1400 monuments and memorials dot the landscape at Vicksburg, each a work of art honoring the veterans of the siege that forced the surrender of the Confederate army.

3.Fort Crawford Museum (Prairie du Chien, WI)

Fort Crawford stood guard over Prairie du Chien, WI, from 1816 until 1856.  Now, the Fort Crawford Museum displays the history of the fort, and the lives that crossed there. 

4.Soldiers Walk Memorial Park (Arcadia, WI)

A 54 acre Memorial Park tribute to Veterans of all U.S. wars and conflicts. It is the largest contiguous Park In The United States over 1/2 mile long.

5.Columbus Belmont State Park (Hickman County, KY)

There is a self-guided hiking trail. Dramatic images of the Civil War come to mind when walking on the bluffs and massive earthen works that formed the Confederate trenches.

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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.