Best of the River


Visit and Celebrate Our National Rivers & The Great River Road!

Mississippi River, USA – April 13, 2021: River Travel Magazine is announcing the winners for the 2021 Best of The River contest at, focusing on the Great River Road and rivers throughout the United States.

The survey included 75+ new categories focusing on the best attractions, accommodations, food & drink, and more. Thousands of visitors and locals nominated and voted on categories ranging from best barbeque (J & JBBQ & Catering – Nelson, WI), best extreme food, public art, museums, best interpretive center (National Eagle Center – Wabasha, MN), best music festival (Shipyard Music Festival – Cape Girardeau, MO), riverboat tours, and more.

New for 2021, is the “National River” Section of the survey where all river communities in the US were allowed to be nominated in a number of categories including best tubing (Apple River – Somerset,WI), best riverfront community (Clark Fork River – Missoula, MT), best river excursion (Salmon River – Salmon, ID), and more.

River Travel Magazine hopes the 2021 “Best of The River” results will shine a light on the valuable attractions, eateries, and accommodations along the Great River Road and throughout the rivers of the USA that have been under stress due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

The Best of the River brings to the forefront our readers’ favorite places to visit from a hole-in-the-wall dive bar (yes that’s a category and it went to Tater’s Dam View in Alma, WI) to Best Burger (Durty Gurt’s in Galena, Il) to best Farm to Table Dining (Wilson Cafe in Wilson, AR). There is a wealth traveler’s advice and with the new National Edition of river travel spots like the best Riverfront Festival which went to the Savannah Music Festival in Savannah, GA, and the best Riverfront Community which was prized to Missoula, MT on the Clark Fork River, there are now even more ideas for when you’re ready to hit the road.

Amy Gabay

Co-Founder, River Travel Media

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 Media Contact

Brent Hanifl
Media Director
River Travel Media