The long journey of the Mississippi River ends in Louisiana. Perhaps the most storied of the 10 Mississippi River states, a trip along Louisiana’s segment of the Great River Road is an unforgettable trip. Running along both sides of the Mississippi River southward toward the Gulf of Mexico, the road passes through historic river towns such as Tallulah, Vidalia, Morganza, Plaquemine, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. In each of these distinct communities, you’ll find historic sites telling the story of the region, including former plantations, historic sites and museums. The highlight of the Great River Road in Louisiana is New Orleans, one of America’s oldest cities and a piece of living history. Explore the architecture, incredible music, rich culture and dazzling culinary variety of the French Quarter. Below New Orleans, the road runs along low ground as the landscape flattens and the Mississippi River’s water’s join with the Gulf. It’s a driving experience you don’t want to miss. Learn more about the route and see a map here.
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The Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) and Mississippi River Country (MRC) work collaboratively to promote travel to the Mississippi River, Great River Road National Scenic Byway and the surrounding ten states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The MRPC is a 10-state organization that was established in 1938 to work collectively to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic, and recreational assets of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. The MRPC works to foster economic growth in the corridor and develop the Great River Road.