It’s Thanksgiving next week, so we’re thinking about all the reasons we’re giving thanks this season. Here are just a few things we’re thankful for along the Great River Road.
Beautiful scenery. We’re past peak color season, but traveling the Great River Road in spring, summer and fall offers awe-inspiring scenery. Scenic areas along the Mississippi River bluffs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa provide spectacular views of the river and are especially picturesque in fall.
Delicious food. Farm-to-table delicacies. Mouth-watering barbecue. Fresh seafood. Whatever you have an appetite for, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find it in your drive along the Great River Road. If you’re headed south on the Great River Road, be sure to visit New Orleans—one of the best food cities in the world.
Interesting attractions. Up and down the Great River Road, you’ll find scores of interesting attractions, from fish hatcheries to art museums to science centers. Stop by one of the more than 70 interpretive centers along the Great River Road to learn about the culture, heritage, history and ecology of the Mississippi River Region.
Hometown hospitality. From big cities like St. Louis, New Orleans and Minneapolis to small river towns across the northern and southern sections of the river, you’ll find friendly folks all along your drive. Spend some time exploring charming Main Streets or taking in the hustle and bustle of the big city (or give both a try).
Every autumn, you’ll see them: cars that are traveling slowly and are seemingly headed nowhere in particular. The cars have a destination, but it’s not a place; it’s a season. This is the time of year when people enjoy moving a little more slowly. They are savoring the season. This is the time when the air is a little fresher and the trees are ablaze in colors of red, yellow and orange.
During this season, many people take leisurely drives on country roads to admire the trees, explore apple orchards and wineries and discover beautiful parks. The Mississippi River region is a popular fall driving destination. With numerous state parks, scenic overlooks and abundant wildlife, the region is a spectacular place to explore on an autumn day.
The trees turn colors at different times, depending on the state. In northern states, colors are the most brilliant in September; in southern states colors reach their peak in early November. Days along the Mississippi can be warm this time of year, but evenings can be cool–be sure to pack a sweater or light jacket. And don’t forget your camera. Your pictures will be amazing. Enjoy your trip chasing autumn down the Mississippi.
Here are some great scenic overlooks to enjoy spectacular autumn views of the Mississippi.