A room with a view? Never mind that. How about a room with a view of North America’s third longest river? A river that’s home to at least 260 species of fish and 326 kinds of birds. A river that carries commerce through the heart of America. It’s big enough for a barge but calm enough for a canoe. And it’s just out the window, around the corner or down the street from these Iowa bed and breakfasts.

1. Mont Rest Inn, Bellevue

Mont Rest Inn, Bellevue, Iowa

It’s hard to know which offers the most pristine views of Mississippi River at the Mont Rest Inn: The sprawling porch that wraps around this historic 1893 home or the hidden rooftop observation deck. Nestled within a wooded nine-acre bluff, this luxurious bed and breakfast charms visitors with a daily gourmet breakfast, handmade truffles and easy access to a range of activities, including several at nearby Bellevue State Park.   

2. Kingsley Inn, Fort Madison

8 Places to Stay on the Mississippi: Kingsley Inn, Fort Madison, Iowa

The Kingsley Inn combines Victorian river city ambiance with modern conveniences such as wi-fi and HDTV. Its 18 rooms range from 300- to 500-square-feet and feature high ceilings and period furnishings. Stroll out the front door to enjoy the Mississippi River, Riverview Park, Old Fort Madison and the world’s longest swing-span double-decker bridge.

3. Beiderbecke Inn, Davenport

8 Places to Stay on the Mississippi: Beiderbecke Inn, Davenport, Iowa

In the late 1800s, Charles and Louise Beiderbecke made a fortune (literally) selling wholesale groceries and coal in the Davenport area. Travelers can live like the rich and famous in the home the Beiderbeckes built, which now doubles as a four-bedroom bed and breakfast. Located in Davenport’s historic Gold Coast area, the Beiderbecke Inn sits on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi.

4. Black Horse Inn, Sherrill

8 Places to Stay on the Mississippi: Black Horse Inn, Sherrill, Iowa

The tiny town of Sherrill (population 177) holds a big secret for travelers who love delicious food, lodging rich with history and character, and stunning Mississippi River scenery. Here, the Black Horse Inn delights guests with four suites, each appointed with the cozy comforts of a king-sized bed and walk-in shower. Every room is conveniently accessible by elevator, and the two third-floor rooms include private baths. A stay here promises a full gourmet ala carte breakfast and memories to last a lifetime.

5. Brooklynn Inn, Marquette

8 Places to Stay on the Mississippi: Brooklynn Inn, Marquette, Iowa

Nestled in the bluffs, this country-themed retreat is just steps away from a weekend full of adventure. Walk to wine shops, the Mississippi River, Lady Luck Casino and quaint antique stores. Back at the inn, relax in one of two suites, each accommodating up to four people and including free wi-fi and a living room, among other amenities.

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