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Share your favorite culinary recommendations and enter to win cash toward your tasty trip on the Great River Road!

Do you love a signature local dish, Mississippi River restaurant or other favorite flavor of the Great River Road? Visit the National Great River Road’s website to share your favorites and browse submissions from other travelers.

Explore the culinary heart of America as you follow the Mississippi River. Enter the Flavors of the Great River Road Giveaway, and you could win $500 to sample fantastic food up and down the Great River Road.  The contest runs from June 4 to August 24.

Signature flavors from all ten Mississippi River states will be celebrated throughout the summer.  Minnesota walleye and wild rice are on the list!  Consider planning your next trip around them using this itinerary to get you started…

Minnesota's Great River Road is a network of roadways offering a bounty of river experiences in a parkway setting. It spans 565 miles, 43 communities, 20 counties, three tribes and six unique destination areas, providing public access to and promoting America's Great River. Whether planning for an afternoon, weekend or all out vacation, the Great River Road has something for you.  

Where to start??

Minnesota's National Great River Road Interpretive Centers have been specially designated for their remarkable presentation of Mississippi River stories. Here's a list - visit one, or several as part of your Mississippi River adventure...

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News & Events

Tall Timber Days - Grand Rapids, August 3 - 5 (7/25/18)
River City Days - Red Wing, August 3 - 5 (7/25/18)
Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, August 1 - 4 (7/25/18)
Art in the Park - Bemidji, July 21 - 22 (7/19/18)
Rivertown Days - Hastings, July 20 - 22 (7/19/18)
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Opening Music: "Take A Look" by Charlie McGuire. Used, gratefully, with permission by the National Park Service National Mississippi River & Recreation Area. Click here to listen to "Take a Look" in its entirety and to hear other great river tunes.
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