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Minnesota Great River Road - Plan Your Trip

Explore the Mississippi River by sampling stories and experiences offered in these online travel guides framed by each of the unique regions of Minnesota's Great River Road:

Mississippi Headwaters
Mississippi Northwoods
Mississippi Crossings

Scenic Mississippi
Metro Mississippi
Mississippi Bluffs

Before and during your journey, use the Plan Your Trip interactive map to understand the Great River Road and Mississippi River (bicycle) Trail alignments, discover over 700 points of interest, find over 200 local food providers, and see where Tribal lands are along the river. Beyond the car, Great River Road travel options include Amtrak train stations, excursion boat landings and airports. Beyond the river, alignments of Minnesota's 20 other state and National scenic byways offer their own sense of place. Welcome!

Experience Mississippi River
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Minnesota's Great River Road is a network of roadways offering a bounty of river experiences in a parkway setting.It spans 565 miles, 43 communities, 20 counties, three tribes and six unique destination areas, providing public access to and promoting America's Great River.  

Minnesota's National Great River Road Interpretive Centers have been specially designated for their remarkable presentation of Mississippi River stories. Here's a list - visit one, or several as part of your Mississippi River adventure...

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For more information on how to participate in Great River Road projects and activities, click here

News & Events

Omnifest, Science Museum of MN - Saint Paul, Jan 4 - Feb 28 (1/2/19)
Holiday Market - Saint Paul, December 15 (12/13/18)
Holidazzle - Minneapolis, Nov 23 - Dec 23 (12/13/18)
Winona Holiday Market, December 15 -16 (12/13/18)
Spooky Timbers - Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Oct 27-28 (10/17/18)
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Opening Music: "Take A Look" by Charlie McGuire. Used, gratefully, with permission by the National Park Service National Mississippi River & Recreation Area. Click here to listen to "Take a Look" in its entirety and to hear other great river tunes.
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