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Towering Bluffs and Palisades are common sights along the Upper Mississippi Great River Road

Fall Color Drives

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See our article on the Best Compact Class C motorhomes for 2021

Newest Reviews Camping and Scenic Travel:

Newest RV and Motorhome Reviews

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See our new article on the Best Compact Class B motorhomes
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Winnebago Solis, best in class of new Pop-top Class B Motorhome category

Some of our favorite scenic drives

~Upper Mississippi Great River Road Scenic Byway

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Scenic View of Mississippi River Valley from Effigy Mounds National Monument

One of our favorite scenic drives is along the Upper Mississippi Great River Road (see maps and articles here). During this section of the Great River Road, much of the scenic drive runs along the actual river itself and through picturesque smaller towns who owe their founding to an era when travel along the Great River was the primary means of moving goods and people north and south. The picture (above) shows a view from Effigy Mounds National Monument Park located on the top of one of the many bluffs that line the river along the Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota scenic drives. 

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An outstanding view of the Mississippi River valley from the scenic overlook at Pike Peak Park and Campground
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See our recent article on Visitor Attractions in Dubuque one of the neat towns along the Upper Mississippi Great River Road scenic drive.

Best Upper Mississippi Great River Road Campgrounds for RV Travelers

We review the top campgrounds along the Great River Road that offer scenic views, decent sites for RV campers, modern washroom facilities, hiking trails and other attractions appealing to travelers (vs long stay parks)

~Florida Gulf Coast Scenic Drive

Pensacola Beach, Fort Pickens National Park
On the beach at Fort Pickens Gulf Islands park, ranked one of the top beaches in the country. See our article on Visiting Pensacola Beach

We’ve posted several articles on interesting towns and places along the Florida Gulf Coast from Pensacola to Apalachicola and as far south as Cedar Keys,  a Gulf resort beach community about 150 miles south of Tallahassee. One important feature of the attractive communities along this scenic drive is they are less crowded with tourists than South Florida. You can actually find a campsite or get a table at a neat restaurant or pub without an advance reservation.

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Cedar Key Beach and City Park – Cedar Key, Florida

Travel Articles Florida Gulf Coast Scenic Drive

Articles on Some Favorite Gulf Coast Drive Visitor Attractions:

Reviews of the Top Florida-Mississippi Gulf Shore Campgrounds for RVs

~Natchez Trace Parkway – A Scenic Stress-Free Drive, packed with many historical and nature attractions

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What to see and do while traveling the Natchez Trace parkway

The original National Parkway runs North from historic Natchez, MS to just south of Nashville, Tennessee along a nicely paved drive past rural woods and fields devoid of commercial signs and truck traffic. Historic structures along the Trace have been preserved and hundreds of historic markers tell the story of key events along the road. It’s a pretty drive, especially when the rose buds and dogwoods are in bloom, and very relaxing. See our 3 page  Natchez Trace Travelogue here, including information on camping along the Trace.

Plan to spend some time visiting Natchez, Mississippi at the start or end of your trip. Fascinating walking tours, some excellent restaurants and fun pubs, lots of history and old south charm.

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The 1859 Stanton Hall, Natchez, Mississippi

Here are some of other popular Scenic Pathways travel articles you might enjoy:

  • St. Croix Interstate Park & Campground along the St. Croix National Scenic River. See our beautiful fall color pictures. The park offers camping on both sides of the river and some terrific hiking and scenery along the canyon rim of the river.
  • Scenic Travel & RV Guides
    While the Internet has a wealth of information, we always use and like hand-held books and guides that require no electricity or wireless connection to use!
  • Agate and Rock Picking on Lake Superior Beaches Finding pretty rocks and agates is a favorite pastime on Lake Superior’s uncrowded and expansive sand beaches.
  • Hot Springs National Park & Campground
    One of the oldest National Parks with an interesting history, historical spas, and a terrific network of day hiking trails and scenic overlooks.
  • RV Travel Links and Resources
    If you are a camper or RV traveler, here’s some of our favorite and useful links to Internet guides to campgrounds and parks, other blogs with useful scenic travel info, and other stuff of interest to the motor home and rv campers.
  • Pods Trailers, Tear-Drops & Ultra-Lite Campers
    See photos, our reports, and links to some of the new models of travel trailers and RVs.

Using the Search Box

You can use the Search box to find information of interest (like RV Camping) or sometimes the topic of your interest is among the drill down links in the Main Menu. For example if you are interested in seeing maps of the Great River Road Scenic Drive, go to the Menu item “Scenic Drives & Scenic Places” then to Menu item “Great River Road Scenic Drive” and then in the drop-down menu see “Great River Road Map & Directory.”


July 2021


  1. Thanks for the tip Ron. I’ll take a look at your site soon. Sorry for the delay in responding. Somehow missed that this came through.


  2. rvcrossroads.com is a non commercial site written and maintained by Ron and Martha Hughes, a retired newspaperman and a school teacher. maybe you can consider adding it to your list of blogs.

  3. Thanks David for the compliment. The Trace is a neat ride isn’t it. We have 2005 QD which is now going into winter storage until we take our spring trip. If you ever do any traveling in the north central US you might also enjoy our SuperiorTrails.com website.

    Happy Traveling,


  4. What a wonderfull site. I have a 1999 FD Rialta and just returned from a great drive down The Natchez Trace.Plan to spend hours here before I plan my next trip. Thanks, David Evans

  5. I’m in Sault Ste. Marie bicycling clockwise Duluth to Duluth. Wonderful trip. Thanks for the help you gave me earlier when I emailed asking for advice.

  6. Hi Marianne,

    Good to hear from you again. I’ve added information on your new boondocking website to our RV Camping & Travel Resources page.

    In two days we are heading for Wisconsin’s scenic Door County hoping to catch some nice fall color and explore the many interesting things to see and do there.


  7. Hi Ross and Jo
    About a year ago you contacted me to request a link to your site. I put it off at that point (can’t remember why) but have just checked back to discover that your posts have continued to grow and…Wow! Your blog has become a great valuable resource for RVers.
    Good job!!!
    You’ll find the link here: http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/RV-Travel-Blog.html
    Let me know if you’d like any changes.
    By the way, have you discovered my other website for RVers yet? It’s new, and a totally unique idea that’s catching on fast. Check it out at http://www.boondockerswelcome.com

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