The Great River Road

Old Man River, Father of Waters, “body of a nation,” Big Muddy—by any name the mighty Mississippi cuts a mythic figure across the American landscape.

Driving the Twin Cities

South of Little Falls, agriculture continues to dominate the landscape, but as our route approaches the junction with I-94 at St. Cloud, the loss of farms foreshadows what is to come downriver. For nearly 100 miles, the GRR does its best to offer a scenic alternative, but sprouting subdivisions and suburban minimalls make it hard to enjoy.

I-94 parallels the GRR and the Mississippi River all the way through the heart of the Twin Cities, and for better or worse it’s pretty much the closest you’ll get to a riverside highway. If you were hoping to follow the river through this stretch (by car, at least), you’re out of luck.