mississippi river from effigy mounds
Scenic View of Mississippi River Valley from Effigy Mounds National Monument
Upper Mississippi Great River Road

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Welcome to ScenicPathways, a guide to scenic drives, interesting travel destinations and attractions, and places of particular interest to campers and RVers.

We are Ross & Joanne veteran campers and wilderness explorers (by canoe) who in retirement bought a motorhome to travel across the United States and Canada. Here we pass on tips to some of our favorite drives, scenic places and favorite destinations to spend a few days.

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Some of our favorite scenic drives

Upper Mississippi Great River Road

One of our favorite scenic drives is along the Upper Mississippi Great River Road (see 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 at the top of this page 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. (May 22, 2020 Travelers will soon find many campgrounds , tourism and hospitality enterprises along the Upper Mississippi River Road Scenic Byway drives resuming near normal operations)

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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.

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

Gulf Coast Scenic Drive

Recently we extended our exploration of Florida’s Scenic Gulf Coast Highway 98 from Pensacola Beach to south of Tallahassee. At Tallahassee, Highway 98 moves away from the coast and technically no longer a coastal drive. However, we had heard good things about Cedar Keys, a Gulf resort beach community about 150 miles south of Tallahassee. So we took a drive down that far and we really impressed.

See our article on Visiting Cedar Key, Gulf Coast Island Village.  Also found two RV campgrounds down there we like: Shell Mound County Park and Manatee Springs State Park.

Florida-Mississippi Gulf Shore Campground Reviews

The Patio of Red Fish Blue Fish Restaurant in Pensacola Beach.
The Patio of Red Fish Blue Fish Restaurant in Pensacola Beach is where everyone wants to be.

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

  • Natchez Trace Scenic Drive
    Historic scenic byway, no stoplights, ad signs, nor commercial traffic. 50 mph speed limit. Hundreds of historic markers and exhibits along the route.
  • 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.

Searching. 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 “Scenic Drives & Scenic Places” then to “Great River Road Scenic Drive” and then in the drop-down menu see “Great River Road Map & Directory.”


June 2020


  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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