RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Great River Road

Aug 06, 2016 View Comments by

The Great River RoadThis National Scenic Byway traces the mighty Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana, passing by Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin along the way.

America’s longest river slices through the country’s heartland, meandering past charming river towns and major cities. In Minnesota the journey begins near the Mississippi’s headwaters at Lake Itasca and terminates near Venice, LA. It’s an epic motorcycle ride. In many sections the Great River Road can be followed on either the east or west bank of the river.

Scenery: High bluffs, barges, and other river traffic, waterfalls, magnificent bridges, historic sites, epicurean delights, sweeping rural vistas, spectacular sunsets, and countless museums and cultural attractions.

Curves: Mostly sweepers and straight alignments.

Traffic: Can be heavy in metropolitan areas.

Distance: Approximately 2,000 miles

Time Required: Eight to 14 days, depending on number and length of stops.

Technical Difficulty: Not technically challenging; it’s appropriate for most street bikes and experienced riders.

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Text and photography: Jim Parks

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