Local historic site advanced to final round in Best of the River Contest

BEST FORT?–Fort de Chartres is in the final round of voting in the fort category for River Travel Magazine’sBest of the River Contest. Pictured in a North County News file photo are re-enactors during the opening ceremonies at the 2018 Rendezvous event held at Fort de Chartres.

A local historic site made it to the final round of voting in the 2019 Best of The River contest held by River Travel Magazine.

The magazine’s contest is a survey “focusing on the best attractions, accommodations, food and drink, and trails and tours along the Great River Road from northern Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.”

Federally designated as a National Scenic Byway, the Great River Road covers 3,000 miles of roads and highways roughly following the Mississippi River through 10 states. The route was “selected for its natural, cultural, historical, recreational and scenic properties.” Along the route are many tourism opportunities.

According to the Great River Road’s website, www.experiencemississippiriver.com, the road is “The Best Drive in America” and “arguably the longest and most important scenic byway in America.”

River Travel Magazine, which was formed to showcase the communities and attractions along the Great River Road, noted about their contest, “The initial nomination survey ran until May 15, visitors, locals and tourism professionals were invited to submit their Best of The River choices in categories ranging from best cultural trail, best monument, best public art, best river boat tour, best brewery and more. 

“Categories included attractions, accommodations and culinary activities located in bordering and nearby communities, towns, counties and parishes on the Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky,Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.”

Fort de Chartres, located just outside Prairie du Rocher, was one of the options listed in the final round of voting in the “Best Fort” category.

For more, please see this week’s print edition.