The Mississippi Valley Traveler

The Mississippi River is a national treasure, even if we take it for granted. Use this site to explore what the Mississippi River has meant and continues to mean to us. You’ll find descriptions of river towns, photo galleries, articles about the river, music inspired by the Mississippi, books about the river, and much more. Just follow the links below or use the search utility above to go directly to what you’re looking for. Enjoy!


Discover a River Town

Thinking of traveling along the Mississippi River? Start with these profiles of river towns.


Mississippi River Music

How many songs are there about the Mississippi River? A lot. See the list and listen to some tunes.



Frank Dodge mysteries and travel guides in print or eBook formats.


Talks about the River

Bring the Mississippi Valley Traveler to your community for talks about river music, history, and getting to know the river.


Photo Galleries

Photos of people, places, and festivals along the Mississippi River.


About the Mississippi River

How much do you know about the Mississippi River?


Feature Articles

Stories about the people and places of the Mississippi River Valley.



Stories from the road and the river.


Mississippi Valley Traveler

Who is this guy and why does he spend so much time along the Mississippi River?