Rural Missouri Magazine

Great River Road
Traveling the Mississippi by car

by Jeff Joiner

North of St. Louis Highway 79 is designated the River Road and passes through the town of Louisiana which offers motorists a spectacular view of the Mighty Mississippi and the Highway 54 bridge and a twin railroad bridge.

The Mississippi River forms the entire eastern boundary of Missouri from Iowa to Arkansas and nearly the entire way can be traveled by car on the Great River Road.

The Great River Road, which actually passes through 10 states along the Mississippi, takes motorists through some of the most scenic areas of Missouri and features landscapes formed by the great river.

Attractions include the locks and dams along the river. Much of the drive in northeast Missouri hugs tall forested bluffs and passes rich farmland.

The Great River Road is actually a series of highways that together form the Mississippi River Parkway. Information about the Great River Road is available from the Mississippi River Parkway Commission, P.O. Box 59159, Minneapolis, Minn., 59159; (763) 212-2560. Information about the road in individual states, including Missouri, is available at

Rural Missouri | June 2020 Issue

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