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What is Mississippi River Country?

Great River Road in fall
Credit: Visit Winona / Explore Minnesota

Where is the MRCWelcome to Mississippi River Country: We’re a collection of states that border America’s most famous river. We share the stories from the heart of the country—the places, people and attractions you’ll find here, whether they’re on the banks of the Mississippi River or hundreds of miles away.

Discover the states of Mississippi River Country today—they’re all rich in history, culture and natural beauty, from jaw-dropping Mississippi River overlooks and uniquely American forms of music to tasty local delicacies and engaging museums and attractions.

Click the links below to learn about what to see and do on your next visit to Mississippi River Country:

  • Culture: Visit stunning art museums, see the iconic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright & more
  • Food & Agriculture: Discover mouthwatering barbeque and other regional delicacies and take home fresh finds from farmers’ markets and food festivals
  • Iconic America: From Route 66 to minor league baseball parks, Mississippi River Country is home to everything that epitomizes America
  • Music: See (and hear!) where blues, jazz, country music and other quintessential forms of American music were born and celebrate the artists carrying on this legacy
  • Outdoors & Recreation: The Mississippi River winds through these 10 states, which are also home to national parks, scenic overlooks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites & much more
  • Science & History: Celebrate the lives of American presidents, see animals from around the world at zoos & aquariums, and explore Civil War history

Learn more about our states: