Explore Minnesota 2022


New for 2021, is the “National River” Section of the survey where all river communities in the US can nominate themselves in a number of categories

Mississippi River, USA: River Travel Magazine is announcing the Nomination Period for the 2021 Best of The River contest at, nominees can be added starting Friday, February 5th.

Last year’s Best of The River included 75+ new categories focusing on the best attractions, accommodations, food & drink, and more along the Great River Road from its origin in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.

Thousands of visitors and locals nominated and voted on categories ranging from best farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries, music venues, cultural trails, best museums, best riverboat tours, best breweries, and more.

Last year’s Multicategory winners included National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN), Fort de Chartres State Historic Site (Prairie Du Rocher, IL), Goldmoor Inn & Dining (Galena, IL), and The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse, WI). Best Downtowns included Galena, IL, La Crosse, WI, and Cape Girardeau, MO and many more celebrated attractions, accommodations, food & drink options were included in the voting.

New for 2021, is the “National River” Section of the survey where all river communities in the US can nominate themselves in a number of categories including best tubing, best riverfront community, and a variety of outdoor activities.

River Travel Magazine hopes the 2021 survey will shine a light on the valuable attractions, eateries, and accommodations along our nations rivers that have been under stress due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Best of the River Road 2021
Nomination Period: February 5 – March 1, 2021
Final Round of Voting: March 10-26, 2021
Best of the River Announced: April 1, 2021

About River Travel Magazine

River Travel Magazine, an online publication and podcast once exclusively focusing on communities and attractions nearby to both sides of the Mississippi River’s Great River Road, from Lake Itasca to New Orleans, is now expanding content and stories to include coverage and podcasts on the tributaries and rivers throughout the US.

For the last few years, River Travel Magazine has been publishing new weekly stories, podcasts, and announcements exclusively about the Great River Road (currently at 200+ stories & podcasts) but have seen an increased interest in visitors and outdoor enthusiasts searching and asking for content specific to River vacations elsewhere in the nation. We feel River Travel Magazine is the perfect avenue to celebrate our many Rivers in the United States. Learn more.

River Travel Magazine Contacts

Brent Hanifl
Media Director
River Travel Media

Amy Gabay
Media Director
River Travel Media