FAQs

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Great River Road.

How long is the Great River Road?

The Great River Road follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles.

Which side of the river is the Great River Road on?

The Great River Road runs on both sides of the river, except between Hastings, Minnesota, and the byway’s northern terminus, where it runs on only one side of the river.

Great River Road SignHow do I know that I am on the Great River Road?

The Great River Road’s route is market with the Pilot’s Wheel sign. An example is shown on the right.

Where can I find a map of the Great River Road?

See a map of the Great River Road or order a printed map. Maps are also available at official Interpretive Centers along the Great River Road.

How long does it take to drive the entire Great River Road?

Driving along the Great River Road from the Mississippi River’s source to its mouth generally takes travelers between five days and two weeks. Most people choose to travel the Great River Road in shorter sections, allowing themselves more time to explore.

Where can I find out about Mississippi River boat tours and cruises?

The mission of ExperienceMississippiRiver.com is to promote the road route known as the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. We do not have current information about boat tours and cruises. If you are interested in information about boat tours and cruises, contact the departments of tourism for one of the ten Mississippi River states.

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