A Celebration of the Great River Road
- Great River Road Story Ideas
- Ensuring Clean Water for the Mississippi River
- The Future of Travel on the Great River Road
- National Scenic Byway Updates
About the Great River Road
Created in 1938 and stretching for 3,000 miles through and beside 10 states, the Great River Road National Scenic Byway is the longest such designated roadway and one of the oldest. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is a nonprofit organization founded to preserve and improve the natural resources, cultural heritage, economic viability, scenic quality, recreational amenities and other features significant to the Mississippi River Valley. For more information visit experiencemississippiriver.com.
The U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 4th District and Appropriations Committee Chair of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee will discuss the connection between clean water and the effect it has on regional tourism.
The Midwest Director of Toole Design will talk about the future of transportation planning, including multi-modal transportation, scenic overlook planning & more.
The President of Scenic America will congratulate MRPC states for their All-American Road applications, update attendees on the future of funding for Scenic Byways and take questions.
Representatives from three Great River Road Interpretive Centers—the National Mississippi River Aquarium & Museum (Dubuque, IA), Arkansas State University Heritage Sites and the Delta Blues Museum (Clarksdale, MS)—will showcase how they’ve stayed connected with travelers while their facilities have been closed due to COVID-19.
The Assistant Secretary of Tourism for the state of Louisiana will discuss the unique attractions, individuals and communities that make the Great River Road so unique and how destinations can tap into their local resources to help tell the story of America’s greatest drive.
The author, filmmaker and traveler will discuss the stories and sights of his two canoe trips down the Mississippi River, the latest of which he documented with a small camera crew for his film, “River to the Heart.” Harris’ film shows that all Americans, regardless of skin color, should be able to enjoy iconic outdoor adventures like traveling along the Mississippi River.