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Great Rivers Scenic Route

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Great drive!

You get a great view of the mighty Mississippi from Alton to Grafton at river level. It only takes... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dublin, Ohio
such a great stretch of road...

October 2018 on a nice fall day, top down, the stretch of road from Alton up thru and past... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
john e
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All reviews beautiful drive pere marquette state park fall colors bike trail bald eagles river road spring summer breathtaking views antique shops well worth the trip mighty mississippi lewis clark across the river take pictures louis area grafton boats
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You get a great view of the mighty Mississippi from Alton to Grafton at river level. It only takes about 25 minutes. The foliage is great in the fall and hopefully you can see some barges, small boats or even a paddle wheeler.

Thank sapphire49
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

October 2018 on a nice fall day, top down, the stretch of road from Alton up thru and past Grafton is a special treat. depending on the water level you can be eye level with a barge heading up or down river; the bluffs along...More

Thank john e
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful area along the Mississippi River. Very scenic and full of lots of History. We took in the Army Corps of Engineers Museum and tour of the Damned. The museum is great, the tour was very informative and fun to watch the...More

Thank studian
Reviewed September 13, 2018

I love traveling the Great River Road. Have done so several times since late 70's. Looking forward to do again. Do it locally as a road from my friend's home one block off of going to either Grafton or Alton. It is beautiful anytime of...More

Thank Rich H
Reviewed August 29, 2018

It felt as if I was transported to a different country. Absolutely stunning with tons of reasons to stop along the way to eat, drink, take in the views or purchase souvenirs and antiques. 10 out of 10.

Thank James S
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful drive in the Fall. Go up to Grafton and spend the day or keep going up into Calhoun Co. Plenty of places to eat in Grafton. Also stop at Pere Marquette State Park the Fall foliage can't be beat

Thank Thom G
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We drove along the river and enjoyed the view and watching the barges. It is very scenic and peaceful.

Thank njtown
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

I have been on this road in every month of the year. There is always something beautiful going on. Eagles, pelicans, hawks, vultures and more

Thank Erick L
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Sometimes, we just ride up this road along the river as a destination. We get to see barges, ferries, birds, boats, and sometimes even kayaks. If one starts in Alton, there is also a really nice bicycle trail. It is a bit tricky in spots...More

1  Thank lynclarke
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Living in La Crosse, WI we often on a whim go north on the Great River Scenic Route on either the Minnesota side and back on the Wisconsin side or the other way around. There is always something new to see. Most recently drove up...More

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May 3, 2018|
Response from Irene M | Reviewed this property |
it's huge over 500 miles . I just did a 33 mile run. so you can pick and choose where an when to stop.
June 19, 2016|
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Response from crazyformakeup | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is the "Grafton Adventure". We just did a couple Ferry rides to go back and forth. So don't know about fares.