Great River Road
Where It Goes: The Great River Road begins in Venice, Louisiana, and follows the Mississippi River to Hastings, Minnesota, passing through Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Length: 2,069 miles
Driving Time: about 4-10 days
Where to Stop: Music geeks need to stop in Memphis to visit Beale Street and Sun Studio, where Elvis and Johnny Cash once crooned into microphones. Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa, is the "Crookedest Street in the World." Further upriver, La Crosse, Wisconsin, offers great opportunities for outdoor activities, including canoeing, biking, and hiking.