About Geotourism

Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.  Geotourism encompasses a range of travel opportunities including culture and heritage, history, food, nature, the outdoors, water, music and arts.

Highlighting the Nature, Culture and Heritage of the Mississippi River Corridor

National Geographic and its partners are working with local organizations, businesses and residents to map the best travel experiences, stories and sites within the Mississippi River Corridor. We invite you to nominate historic, cultural and natural landmarks; events, attractions and activities; businesses, artisans and storytellers as well as local legends that capture the region’s unique character, heritage and beauty.

The geographic scope of the Mississippi River Geotourism Program includes the people and places from within one county of the River, as well as the 232 counties of the Mississippi Delta region in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Using your recommendations, National Geographic is producing an engaging website to promote travel to the region that celebrates and sustains what is most distinctive about the Mississippi River Corridor—its scenic landscapes, vibrant local communities, rich biological, cultural diversity and captivating history. Through this project we want your nominations on what is unique and authentic about the Mississippi River Region. Please consider contributing a small amount of time to nominate your favorite sites and stories to the website. All nominations are free.

Sign Up to start nominating places for the MapGuide and download the Nomination Guidelines to see what types of places and events are appropriate to nominate. Signing up also allows you to save places and events as Trip Ideas, and when the full site launches in 2016, to combine your Trip Ideas into Trip Plans or itineraries.

About the Geotourism Program

National Geographic has worked with other partners to develop similar Geotourism MapGuides in several other regions around the United States and the world. MapGuide projects have been completed in the U.S. Gulf Coast States (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida), Greater Yellowstone, the Central Cascades (Oregon, Washington), the Crown of the Continent (Alberta, British Columbia, Montana), Newfoundland the Redwood Coast (California) and other destinations.

Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” National Geographic works to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. It reaches more than 600 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise.

For more information about the project and to nominate visit  MississippiRiver.NatGeoTourism.com

For more information about National Geographic's Geotourism Program visit NatGeoMaps.com/Geotourism