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Drive the Great River Road Month

Celebrate Drive the Great River Road Month all September long
Motorists encouraged to experience ‘America’s Greatest Drive’ this fall

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is inviting motorists to celebrate the Great River Road—whether they’re taking a daylong excursion or just dreaming about their next road trip—during Drive the Great River Road Month, which celebrates one of America’s oldest and longest National Scenic Byways every September.

Drive the Great River Road Month is a nearly 3,000-mile route that follows the Mississippi River through 10 states, from Minnesota to Louisiana. The unique scenic byway is a gateway to the Mississippi River Valley’s great recreational options and unique historical and cultural attractions.

The Great River’s long list of must-see attractions includes magnificent natural wonders, captivating historical sites and unique cultures to experience. September is also an ideal time to take in the Great River Road’s agritourism options, like orchards, cheese factories, wineries and farmers markets, as well as outdoor attractions like scenic overlooks.

To help celebrate Drive the Great River Road Month, the Drive the Great River Road Month Sweepstakes will be held from Sept. 1-30, offering travelers a chance to win $500 to use on their own trip along the Great River Road. More information can be found on and

Learn more about the Great River Road National Scenic Byway with the help of Here you’ll find information on all the Great River Road states, Interpretive Centers (museums and historic sites showcasing the stories of the Mississippi), and must-see attractions, along with suggested itineraries and maps to help plan a trip that’s just right for you. You can also order a free 10-state map or download the Drive the Great River Road app.

You can also find the Great River Road on Instagram (, on Pinterest ( or on YouTube (