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FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME TO FOLLOW THE GREAT RIVER ROAD -  The fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides details on the current status of color statewide...

DON'T MISS AMERICA'S BEST ROAD TRIP!

Established in 1938, the Great River Road travels nearly 3,000 miles through 10 states. In Minnesota, it runs for 575 miles along the Missisippi River, through 11 state parks, state historic sites, Chippewa National Forest, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, 21 counties and 60 communities.  Join us - celebrate the Mississippi River and its National Scenic Byway! 

PLAN YOUR VISIT -

Step 1 - Check out maps & travel information

MN Great River Road Driving Directions  

MN Great River Road Map/Travel Planner

Great River Road Regional Maps with Travel Ideas 

Minnesota Great River Road Explorer's Guide

Step 2 - Don't miss local events along the way...

A few ideas are listed below. For many more, visit Explore Minnesota Tourism's Calendar of Events, where you can search by town or by event type.  Just go to www.exploreminnesota.com and click on "events."

Step 3 - Get out there and have fun! 

The byway meanders through a wide variety of landscapes — the humble headwaters, countryside dappled with lakes, the northwoods, ribbons of lush resort and farm country, rolling bluffs, big cities and charming river communities. Worthy of a week's vacation in its entirety, the Mississippi flows naturally through six distinct regions whose unique river experiences can be explored on excursions of any length. Follow the lure of the river and the freedom of the road to see what lies around the next bend. Pull out a map, tune in some good driving music and load up the car, a van, motorcycle or bike. Your Mississippi River adventure is just waiting to begin. See you on the Great River Road!

News & Events

The Great Pumpkin Festival - Saint Paul, October 26 (10/23/14)
Pumpkins at the Depot - Red Wing, October 21 - November 1 (10/23/14)
Big Muddy River Rendezvous - Winona, Oct 17-18 (10/8/14)
Fall Festival of the Arts - Red Wing, Oct 11-12 (10/8/14)
Haunted House & Corn Maze - Brainerd, Saturdays, Oct 10-25 (10/8/14)
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Mississippi River Fun Facts

A raindrop falling into Lake Itasca (Mississippi's source) would arrive at the Gulf of Mexico (Mississippi's mouth) in about 90 days. Source: National Park Service

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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