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 New Attraction

Grafton Zipline (Grafton, IL)

Soar like an eagle on our family friendly zipline! An experience like no other zipline around, the Grafton Zipline offers a thrilling tree top canopy adventure.

Driftless Area Education And Visitors Center (Lansing, IA)

The cultural, recreational, natural, and historical significance of the Driftless Area is the focus of the exhibits at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center.

Vino Over The Valley (Arcadia, WI)

Vino Over the Valley is a unique, outdoor dining experience designed to stimulate all your senses. Enjoy a glass of wine and a pasta dinner among the vines.

Trempealeau Interpretive Path (Trempealeau, WI)

The discovery of Trempealeau’s unique Mississippian community: a slice in time in a 13,000 year archaeological continuum, illustrates recent archaeological research.

National Pearl Button Museum (Muscatine, IA)

The National Pearl Button Museum houses a variety of pearl buttons & displays of machinery & life during the height of the “gold rush of the Midwest”.

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.