September is Drive the Great River Road Month, a celebration of America’s greatest drive. The Great River Road follows the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from the northwoods of Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.
There are many reasons to explore one of the country’s longest and oldest National Scenic Byways, and September is a great time to do so. Here are just a few reasons you should travel the Great River Road this month.
- Beautiful scenery. September is the start of fall color season. Drivers on the northern portion of the Great River Road will marvel at the eye-popping views they’ll encounter along the route. Click here to find scenic stops along the Great River Road.
- Fall festivals, farmers markets and more. Fall is harvest season, and there’s no shortage of events and attractions highlighting local produce along the route. Click here to find agritourism attractions along the Great River Road.
- Museums and historical sites. The story of the Mississippi River is a fascinating one. Learn about the region’s history and culture at more than 70 Interpretive Centers. See descriptions of the Interpretive Centers here.
- It’s our birthday! The Great River Road is celebrating its 80th year in 2018, and there’s no better time to take a trip to help us celebrate.
Don’t forget to enter the Drive the Great River Road Month Sweepstakes for your chance to win $500 to spend on your next Great River Road trip!
(Photo credit: Visit Natchez)