One of the things that makes a road trip really special is not always the destination, but actually the journey. It might sound a bit cliche, but it’s true. Some favorite road trips for people are those that end up traveling along a little-known but scenic route and stopping along the way to check out little diners and shops or take pictures.


A really scenic road trip that can meet all of these requirements is traveling along The Great River Road. It’s a scenic byway that travels alongside the Mississippi River through ten different states. Along the way, travelers will find plenty of riverside towns to explore; Each with its own local food, music, art, and culture to appreciate. The Great River Road Byway is considered to be one of the most important byways in all of the United States, making it a must-do experience. 

For a few of the more interesting stops along the way, check out:

The Legend of Paul Bunyan

The famous lumberjack with his blue ox Babe was conceived in the Mississippi River town of Bemidji, Minnesota. Here you will be able to see a huge statue of both for a great photo opportunity.

The World’s Largest Six Pack

Don’t miss out on a visit to the World’s Largest Six Pack statue in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It’s a must-stop for those who are big beer lovers. Fun fact: If the cans were real they could provide beer every day for a little over 3,000 years. Talk about a party!

Effigy Mounds National Monument

This area has been dubbed one of the most beautiful areas of the entire Mississippi River. As part of the National Parks system, this park is home to an important site to the Native peoples of the area. It considered a sacred space. So, all of the mounds on it are protected. 

Mark Twain Museum

No trip down the Mississippi is complete without stopping in Hannibal, Missouri. Home to the famed writer Mark Twain. It is here where he conceived the adventures of the rambunctious boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. At the museum, you can learn all about Twain’s life and works. 


Anyone with an appreciation of music, BBQ, and a hunk, a hunk of burning love has a lot to look forward to during a visit to Memphis. For a real treat along the Great River Road why not stop and see the home of the King himself? 

Civil War and Antebellum Mansions

Home to some of the prettiest Antebellum mansions in all of the South, Vicksburg is a must-see when in Mississippi. It is also home to many important Civil War sites, great for any history buff.

New Orleans

One of the final stops of the Mississippi River before it heads out to the Gulf of Mexico is New Orleans. A great town for some fun and food. It’s a perfect stop at the end of any tour along the Great River Road.