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Getting to and around Mississippi River Country

Convertible on the Great River Road
Credit: Adam Alexander / Illinois Office of Toursim

Mississippi River Country covers a wide swath of America, from the vast forests of northern Minnesota to the bayous and sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. That means there are plenty of ways to explore this wonderful 10-state region, from iconic road trips to cruises along the Mississippi River.

Explore one state or all 10—your next adventure is waiting for you in Mississippi River Country.

Here are the answers to a few frequently-asked questions about getting to and around Mississippi River Country.

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Here

Exploring Mississippi River Country

See a mileage chart between notable MRC cities here.

If you’re not taking a trip in your own vehicle or a rental car, there are still plenty of ways to get around Mississippi River Country.

Here are Amtrak train routes with stops in MRC states:


  • Texas Eagle (Little Rock to Chicago)



  • City of New Orleans (New Orleans to Chicago)
  • Sunset Limited (New Orleans to Lake Charles)



  • City of New Orleans (Jackson to Chicago, Jackson to New Orleans)


  • City of New Orleans (Memphis to Chicago, Memphis to New Orleans)

For more information about mass transit options, visit individual state pages.

Ten states is a lot of territory to explore, and road trippers will find plenty of routes that pass through beautiful scenery and charming cities and towns. Some more notable driving routes include:

  • Route 66 (Illinois and Missouri)
  • The Great River Road (all states, Minnesota to Louisiana)
  • The Natchez Trace (Mississippi and Tennessee)

See more notable driving routes throughout Mississippi River Country here.

If you’re interested in group travel, visit our state pages or click the links below to get more information: