Great River Road National Scenic Byway
Follow the Mississippi River between Iowa’s southern and northern borders on the Iowa portion of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. You will find world class vistas, charming river towns, magnificent limestone bluffs and so much more. Part of a 3,000-milelong network of federal, state and county roads, the Great River Road stretches the length of the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.
The views of the river are ever changing along the 328-mile route in Iowa. You may be looking down from the bluff at a panoramic scene or be right on the riverfront where you can dip your toes in the water. One constant as you travel this world-renowned route is the stories you’ll hear of the Mighty Mississippi and the nation it helped build.
Map and Information
More information is available at the 18 Iowa Great River Road Interpretive Centers along the route.
The Iowa Great River Road National Scenic Byway is part of the 10-state Great River Road along the entire route of the Mississippi River. Learn more about the byways in other states here.
LENGTH: 328 miles
- Effigy Mounds National Monument - Harpers Ferry
- Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center - Clinton
- George M. Curtis Mansion - Clinton
- George M. Verity Riverboat Museum - Keokuk
- Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center - Camanche
- Nahant Marsh - Davenport
- National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium - Dubuque
- National Pearl Button Museum at MHIC - Muscatine
- Old Fort Madison - Fort Madison
- Pikes Peak State Park - Mc Gregor
- Pine Creek Grist Mill - Muscatine
- The Putnam Museum and Science Center - Davenport
- The Sawmill Museum - Clinton
- Toolesboro Mounds National Historic Landmark & Visitor Center - Wapello
- Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - Mc Gregor
- Yellow River State Forest - Harpers Ferry
- Angelini's Ristorante Italiano and Wine Bar - Keokuk
- Breitbach's Country Dining - Sherrill
- Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ at Potter's Mill - Bellevue
- Go Fish Marina Bar and Grill - Princeton
- L. May Eatery - Dubuque
- Lagomarcino's - Davenport
- Nutmeg's Cafe & Bakery - Lansing
- Picket Fence Cafe & Clayton Ridge Farm Market - Guttenberg