The Great River Road follows the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles through 10 states from its beginning at Lake Itasca in Minnesota, down through Louisiana where it enters the Gulf of Mexico. In Illinois, the byway follows the banks and bluffs through quaint river towns and urban cities as it hugs the western border of the state for 550 magnificent miles. You'll experience scenic vistas and tranquil landscapes as you drive the route. You'll find Illinois wineries and breweries, farms and u-picks, historic sites, boutique shopping, local dining, relaxing getaways and recreational activities are numerous as you plan your trip along the byway.
The Great River Road is a well-marked series of different roads and highways through 10 states, which roughly follow the winding course of the Mississippi River. All along the Great River Road, travelers will find white signs displaying the green pilot's wheel logo. The familiar pilot's wheel symbol denotes which roads are a part of the designated route. The route has been selected for its natural, cultural, historical, recreational and scenic properties. (Excerpt from experiencemississippiriver.com)