by: Liz Froment

One of the things that makes a road trip really special is not always the destination, but actually the journey. It might sound a bit cliche, but it’s true. Some favorite road trips for people are those that end up traveling along a little known but scenic route and stopping along the way to check out little diners and shops or take pictures.

A really scenic road trip that can meet all of these requirements is traveling along The Great River Road. This is a scenic byway that travels alongside the Mississippi River through ten different states.

For a few of the more interesting stops along the way, check out:

The Legend of Paul Bunyan: The famous lumberjack with his blue ox Babe were conceived in the Mississippi River town of Bemidji, Minnesota. Here you will be able to see a huge statue of both for a great photo opportunity.

The World’s Largest Six Pack: No trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin is complete without stopping to see the World’s Largest Six Pack statue. A must stop for those who are big beer lovers.

Effigy Mounds National Monument: This area has been dubbed one of the most beautiful areas of the entire Mississippi River. As part of the National Parks system, this park is home to an important site to the Native peoples of the area.

Mark Twain Museum: No trip down the Mississippi is complete without stopping in Hannibal, Missouri. Home to the famed writer Mark Twain, it is here where he conceived the adventures of the rambunctious boys Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

Graceland: Anyone with an appreciation of music and BBQ has to look forward to visiting Memphis. But, for a real treat along the Great River Road why not stop and see the home of the King itself? No visit to Memphis is complete without a stop at Graceland.

Civil War and Antebellum Mansions: Home to some of the prettiest Antebellum mansions in all of the South, Vicksburg is a must see when in Mississippi. It is also home to many important Civil War sites, great for any history buff.

New Orleans: One of the final stops of the Mississippi River before it heads out to the Gulf of Mexico is New Orleans. A great town for some fun and food, it’s a perfect stop on the end of any tour along the Great River Road.