It's the perfect time to visit any or all ten Mississippi River states, and maybe even win $500! Visit www.experiencemississippiriver.com for travel ideas, itineraries, must see attractions, and a link to the sweepstakes entry page. Drive the Great River Road Month celebrates the countless things to see and do along the Great River Road, including interpretive centers, historical sites, parks, natural wonders, arts and culture, agritourism (orchards, cheese factories, farmers markets, wineries) river towns and more! And, be sure to check out the fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
DON'T MISS AMERICA'S BEST ROAD TRIP!
Established in 1938, the Great River Road travels nearly 3,000 miles through 10 states. In Minnesota, it runs for 575 miles along the Missisippi River, through 11 state parks, state historic sites, Chippewa National Forest, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, 21 counties and 60 communities. Join us - celebrate the Mississippi River and its National Scenic Byway!
A few ideas are listed below. For many more, visit Explore Minnesota Tourism's Calendar of Events, where you can search by town or by event type. Just go to www.exploreminnesota.com and click on "events."
Step 3 - Get out there and have fun!
The byway meanders through a wide variety of landscapes — the humble headwaters, countryside dappled with lakes, the northwoods, ribbons of lush resort and farm country, rolling bluffs, big cities and charming river communities. Worthy of a week's vacation in its entirety, the Mississippi flows naturally through six distinct regions whose unique river experiences can be explored on excursions of any length. Follow the lure of the river and the freedom of the road to see what lies around the next bend. Pull out a map, tune in some good driving music and load up the car, a van, motorcycle or bike. Your Mississippi River adventure is just waiting to begin. See you on the Great River Road!
The Cass Lake Chain of Lakes is located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest. There are 9 lakes on the actual chain that are linked by the Mississippi River and can be accessed by boat. These include: Big Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, Cass Lake, Pike Bay, Buck Lake, Kitchi Lake, Anderson Lake, Little Rice Lake and Big Rice Lake. Source: Cass Lake Chamber