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 Vacation Rental

1.Great River Houseboats (Alma, WI)

A unique Houseboat vacation located in the heart of the Mississippi River. Experience the beauty and serenity of the Mississippi River valley on board a floating lodge.

2.(Tie) Eagle Ridge Resort and 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.(Tie) Galena Territory (Galena, 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.Carriage House Inn (Stockholm, WI)

The Carriage House Inn is a relaxing getaway rental available for weekends or a week at a time. You will love the panoramic views of Lake Pepin and the River Valley Bluffs!

4.McGregor Manor (McGregor, IA)

The home was built during McGregor’s early years as a Mississippi River boom town. Attractions include antiquing, biking, fishing, hunting, hiking and boating!

5.Iowa Cabin Rentals (Lansing, IA)

If you’re looking at lodging accommodations in NE Iowa, we offer quality Amish hand built vacation rental cabins ideal for getaways, family vacations, reunions, and retreats.

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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.