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 River Boat Tour

1.American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen is an elegant triumph of American ingenuity.  Filled with modern amenities and the opulence of the American Victorian era.

2.Mark Twain Riverboat (Hannibal, MO)

The Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront for more than 30 years, they strive to offer you a unique riverboat experience on the Mighty Mississippi.

3.La Crosse Queen (La Crosse, WI)

Cruise back in time and explore the Upper Mississippi with us! The La Crosse Queen is a replica of the grand river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the early 1900s.

4.Riverboat Twilight (Le Claire, IA)

The riverboat Twilight delivers one of the most exceptional cruises in the Midwest. Step back in time to when riverboats were the most sophisticated way to travel.

5.Grafton River Tours (Grafton, IL)

The Hakuna Matata is a 49 passenger tour boat that can take you on a wonderful adventure on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Seating and cafe tables on both decks

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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.