The Great River Road takes adventure-seekers on the open road as it parallels the Mississippi River. The Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway clocks in at 550 miles and is arguably the most gorgeous and picture-perfect segment of the drive. The northern segment of the National Scenic Byway passes through East Dubuque, Galena, and Fulton, among other towns and cities, with Dubuque, Bellevue, and Clinton on the Iowa side opposite the aforementioned towns.
Minneapolis, MN- Rochester, MN: 1 hr. 24 mins. approx.
Rochester, MN- Great River Road North, IL: 7 hr. 23 mins. approx.
Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois! Experience The Great River Road (the longest and most important scenic byway in America), through the Mississippi River. The Mississippi was a main means of moving goods between northern and southern states in the earliest days of the USA - and there is a lot of history of early industry and innovation in the towns along the river. With this Self-Drive package enjoy scenic stops along this important river; starting in Minneapolis (the major city in Minnesota). After that, drive along the Mississippi, to the south. Along The Great River Road, you will experience the living history of the region and cities, through music, local cuisine, as well as their history, like for example; Hannibal, MO; near the river, was home to American author Mark Twain and was an inspiration in his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.