Three photos from L-R: Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum, people walking in Pike's Peak State Park, the Fenlon Elevator

Take a Trip: Great River Road National Scenic Byway (North)

In our fourth episode of Road Trip Iowa, we explored the beauty of Iowa's driftless region with a drive along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.  From tour monuments and parks around Lansing, to art, history and an iconic eatery in Iowa's oldest city, Dubuque, explore the history, culture and landscapes along the way.

Want to take this journey with us on your next road trip? Use Travel Iowa's itinerary tool to send yourself a fantastic route along this byway to experience most of our episode in person (please note that the itinerary tool doesn't always have every stop featured in our show so you may need to add a couple of stops along the way if you want the full experience).

Driftless Area Education And Visitors Center

Explore the history of river life in northeast Iowa's Driftless Area.


Mohn's Fish Market

Meet a family harvesting their way of life from the Mississippi River for generations.


Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument displays some of the region's oldest human history.


Pikes Peak State Park

Pikes Peak State Park offers road trippers some of the best views in the Hawkeye State.


Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum

Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum on the Mississippi River is a working model of history.


Street Art Trail in Dubuque

The Dubuque art murals are a worthy discovery to be viewed on the Great River Road.


Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque

River Road travelers can experience Dubuque’s living history woven into its scenic bluffs.


National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium showcases the reach of the river.


Catfish Charlie's in Dubuque

Discover Catfish Charlie’s river-to-table experience in Dubuque.