One of the best parts about road trips: the views, especially when they’re set to your favorite playlist. Whether you’re winging it or planning out an entire itinerary to get the most out of your time on the road, the journey is a memorable experience all on its own. In Mississippi, you can travel down one of the most scenic routes in the state, The Great River Road. Spanning 3,000 miles, it’s got views for days and will wind you through 10 states if you go the whole length!

Also known as The Great River Road National Scenic Byway, it reaches from northern Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, following the length of the Mississippi River.

If you follow the entire stretch of roadway, you'll cruise through not only Mississippi and Minnesota but also Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennesse, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

According to the road’s official site, it takes about 36 consecutive hours of driving to complete, with most adventurers taking about 4 to 10 days to reach the end of the route.

The scenic drive will give you all kinds of gorgeous views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding states, and there’s tons to do along the way.

From riverside towns to vibrant cities, there’s culture, history, food, and tons of attractions to check out. Both natural and manmade wonders await your discovery on the Great River Road.

The official site makes planning your trip super easy, you can even explore by clicking one state at a time to scout out interesting locations en-route in advance.

With over 70 official interpretive sites like museums and historical landmarks, there’s no shortage of cool stories to check out.

The Mississippi stretch of the Great River Road houses some unique spots, from the historic city of Fort Adams and it's lush nearby hiking trails in Clark Creek to The Delta Blues Museum's gallery full of blues music history.

You'll also find yourself twisting around natural landmarks and crossing illuminated bridges on your drive.

The Great River Road was created in 1938, and the river itself is 2,340 miles long, the deepest point measuring down 200 feet below the surface.

If you’re looking for an epic summer road trip, The Great River Road is sure to be one for the books.

The Great River Road

Address: Interpretive Center In Mississippi at 1 Riverpark Dr., Robinsonville, MS

Why You Need To Go: Start at the Interpretive Center in Mississippi, then let this scenic highway take you for a ride. The ultimate road trip is waiting for you with incredible views, tons of things to do, and memories to be made along the way.

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