The largest river system in North America, the Mississippi has been an integral part of American culture since the beginning of the 19th century. Originating in Minnesota, and sweeping across 95 river miles (153 kilometers) south to New Orleans where it spits out into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi has gained an almost mythical place in American history. It is perhaps most famous for being the lifeblood of the western American economy during the 19th century, as steamboats traveled up and down, transporting goods for trade.
Today, make the trek over to the river to see for yourself what made so many American authors romanticize about journeying down the Mississippi. You can admire its vastness and mighty power while simply sitting on the bank, or as you cross the gorgeous Hernando de Soto bridge, which connects West Memphis, Arkansas to Memphis, Tennessee.
The Mississippi is located right along the western border of Memphis, and is easy to get to by car.