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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.  

2016 is the Year of Birding along the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River Connections Collaborative is a network of local, state and federal refuge, park and trail managers, alongside non-profit organizations that are committed to connecting people to the Mississippi River. Promotion and events in 2016 focus on birding, perfect for the Mississippi flyway! For information on events as well as birding resources, visit

Where to start? 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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News & Events

First City of Arts Studio Cruise - Bemidji, October 21-23 (10/6/16)
Saint Paul Art Crawl, October 14 - 16 (10/6/16)
Fall Festival of the Arts - Red Wing, October 8 - 9 (10/6/16)
SeptOber Fest - Wabasha, September 9 - October 23 (10/6/16)
Applefest - La Crescent, September 15 - 18 (9/9/16)
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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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