Road Tripping Along the Great River Road, Volume 1 (PDF)


Explore one of the best drives in North America and get to know the U. S. all over again.

The one guide for outdoor enthusiasts and armchair historians alike.
(Amazon Review)


For ten years, author Dean Klinkenberg has been exploring the places along the Mississippi River and the Great River Road. He’s found a wealth of underappreciated treasures awaiting visitors.

Klinkenberg will help you explore the quiet spaces and bustling places along the river, from historic small towns to culturally-rich big cities. Find out which hikes come with dramatic views of the river and which day cruises have the best chance to spot wildlife like bald eagles, pelicans, and herons. Get advice about which museums to tour and where to find good local music. Discover which festivals offer quirky fun, and where to sample regional specialties like a juicy lucy, wild rice and walleye, and gooey butter cake.

Features include:

  • 17 regional tours from northern Minnesota to southern Illinois
  • Author’s picks for each community
  • The author’s unique take on local and regional history
  • Parks and recreation areas along the Mississi