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 Resort 

1.Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Galena, IL)

Rated one of the “45 Midwest Resorts We Love.” Set in one of Northern Illinois’ most beautiful and secluded locales, it is a truly one-of-a-kind getaway.

2.Aerie’s Resort & Winery (Grafton, IL)

Aerie’s Resort in Grafton, IL is a spectacular destination overlooking the confluence of the Illinois & Mississippi Rivers. Awesome natural beauty. Fine food and drink.

3.Grand Harbor (Dubuque,  IA)

Located in the Port of Dubuque, Iowa, Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is a great spot for enjoying this beautiful and exciting city. Steps from the Mississippi River Museum.

4.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.

5.Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens (Natchez, MS)

Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens is a National Historic Landmark. Expect gracious hospitality, luxury lodging, excellent cuisine, and historic tours of the house.

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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.