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Plan Your Mississippi RIver Bicycle Adventure!

Explore the Great River Road on two wheels to find gorgeous Mississippi River scenery, great bicycling trails and more! Enter the Bike the Great River Road Giveaway, and you could win $250 in spending money, Great River Road merchandise and more. Ready to start planning your adventure?  Start with the Mississippi River Trail, the premier bicycle route that parallels the river.  Looking for more ideas?  There are many great trail options near the Mississippi River in Minnesota.  And don't forget to enter to win!  Just click on the contest button above...

Paddle Share Opening for the Season on June 2!

Have you ever paddled the Mississippi River in a kayak?  Well, here's your chance to try it out.  The Mississippi River Paddle Share will be opening for business soon - June 2.  Experience the river up close and personal in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area!  For more information visit -

Visit the Mississippi River Geotourism Website

Project partners including the Mississippi River Parkway Commission/Great River Road recently celebrated the official launch of the Mississippi River Geotourism MapGuide website.  The landmark project is a historically significant digital asset for global and national guests who visit or live in the 10 states along the Mississippi River. From New Orleans and Natchez in the River’s Delta region to Lake Itasca, Minnesota, at the headwaters, locals submitted nearly 2,000 nominations of their favorite points of interest; historic, cultural and natural landmarks; events and local festivals; music experiences; artisans and attractions, which capture the region’s unique character, heritage and beauty.

America's Greatest Drive

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi RIver through ten states. 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.  From the headwaters at Lake Itasca to the bluffs of southeast Minnesota, the parkway spans the state's distinct natural and scenic regions.  

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

50th Annual Art in the Park - Bemidji, July 22- 23 (7/14/17)
Minneapolis Aquatennial, July 19 - 22 (7/14/17)
Red, White & Boom - Minneapolis Riverfront, July 3 - 4 (7/3/17)
Minnesota Beethoven Festival - July 6 - 23, Winona (6/21/17)
Stone Arch Bridge Festival - Minneapolis, June 16 - 18 (6/2/17)
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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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