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 Walking Tour

1.Alton Haunted Tours (Alton, IL)

Looking for the real story of why Alton, Illinois, is known as one of the most haunted small towns in America? Come along on one of the award-winning Alton Hauntings Tours!

2.Galena Main Street Walking Tours (Galena, IL)

Join General Ulysses S. Grant for a one-hour walking tour of Galena’s Historic Main Street. Enjoy fascinating factual stories of early Galena.

3.Clarksdale Walking App (Clarksdale, MS)

Travel between past and present in a stroll through downtown Clarksville.  Guided by the stories of over a dozen locals and experts who live there.

4.McGregor Historic Walking Tour (McGregor, IA)

To learn more about the history of this settlement and the people that lived there, visit McGregor and go on the historic walking tour.  Self guided.

5.Columbus-Belmont State Park (Columbus, KY)

There is a self-guided hiking trail. Dramatic images of the Civil War come to mind when walking on the bluffs and massive earthen works that formed the Confederate trenches.

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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.