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 Event

Fair Saint Louis (Louis, MO)

Fair Saint Louis – America’s Biggest Birthday Party!  Features a variety of free family entertainment, live music from nationally-recognized recording artists, and much more.

Port Byron Tug Fest (Port Byron, IL)

Watch as  tug teams pull 2,700ft and 680lb of rope spanning the Mississippi River. Each year over 35,000 people view this spectacular and only tug-of-war across the Mississippi.

La Crosse Riverfest (La Crosse, WI)

Riverfest is a self-funded, volunteer-run festival that provides annual entertainment, food, drink and fun over the 4th of July weekend for the Greater La Crosse Community.

Potosi Brewfest (Potosi, WI)

Vendors include craft breweries, distilleries, wineries & specialty meat & cheeses. Enjoy the Beer Stein Holding Contest as well as other games, live music & food.

Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival (Clarksdale, MS)

The Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival showcasing Mississippi Delta Blues and Gospel Music.   Music fans from around the country and around the world attend each year.

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.