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2   in Iowa Iowa60 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Northern Iowa River Run

By Anonymous
on March 1, 2000

4.5out of 5

16 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start your drive in the town of Marquette, Iowa. Take route 18 south to the town of McGregor and then get on route 340 south. This road later changes names to route County Route 56 and will run into route 52 (Near Guttenburg) which you want to take south until you approach Millville and get on County Hwy C9Y continuing south. Stay on this through N. Buena Vista, Balltown and Sherrill. Then when you get to route 52, take that south into Dubuque.

Scenery

This route takes you through some picture perfect little dairy and agriculture farms and along side the Mississippi River. You will see old river towns and many of the boats and barges that travel along the old Mississippi. Along the way you will travel next to some giant bluffs that give you a great view of the river valley.

Road Quality

You couldn't ask for a better motorcycle road in the Midwest. This road continually takes you up and down along a collection of bluffs that travel along side the Mississippi river. At some points you will have some awesome cliff-side driving that will give you a birds-eye view of the river. You have a good number of twists and turns along the way to keep you smiling when you're not smiling about the scenery.

Roadside Amenities

Route amenities described from while traveling from north to south. Effigy Mounds National Monument, off of 76 just north of Marquette, there are 200 preserved Indian mounds that are about 2500 years old. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor Center educates you on the 200,000 acre wildlife preserve. This preserve hugs the Mississippi from as far north as Wabasha Minnesota to as far south as Rock Island Illinois. Town of McGregor: Offers a Main Street lined with shops and inns and is the home of the very first Ringling Brothers Circus which began shows in McGregor as early as the 1870s. Stop at Pikes Peak State Park for great views of the meeting of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. In the town of Guttenberg you will be able to take a walking tour and see the town's impressive collection of limestone buildings built in the middle of the 19th century. Also the River Front Park offers places to picnic and enjoy the view of the passing Mississippi River. There is also an observation platform that gives you a good look at 'Lock and Dam No. 10.' Just after you leave town there will be a scenic overlook perched on top of a bluff. In the town of North Buena Vista you'll see some impressive buildings constructed in a manner that allows them to cling to the side of limestone bluffs. Dubuque, Iowa's oldest town, has become a modern small city with plenty of hotels and restaurants to offer travelers. You may want to complete your trip with a visit to the Mississippi River Museum.

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By nihao76
on June 5, 2015 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

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By Guest
on December 10, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type

For those who love traveling along the country side beside the flowing river with peaceful silence all around you, the Northern Iowa Riven Run seems to be the perfect choice!! I love rides like this and have been to a few which my friends have recommended and every single one of them were an experience!! With the map and detailed directions about the roads to be taken, I am sure this will be a safe ride to undertake either alone or with friends!!Vehicle Wrap

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By Zabes63
on July 22, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is my favorite part of Iowa and is a much better road than any in Wisconsin along the Mississippi river south of the Wisconsin confluence. The roads are always in great shape with excellent scenery and vistas. Amenities are sparse but charming south of Guttenberg and then very nice upon reaching MacGregor.

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By Marshman
on June 17, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

We did it South to North, from Dubuque, and stayed on the C9Y as much as we could from the south. Really great ride. There is something about these roads around here. Great scenery and great roads and you can really open up the throttle and lean into the turns without slowing down or feeling threatened. I like to ride fast and this lets you do it without having to concentrate so hard. I would make the trip back here from Toronto to do this region again. This is a great ride.

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By Planefella
on July 16, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Touring

One of the most gorgeous rides anywhere. For an added twist take the Cassville Ferry accross the Mississippi and head South through Potosi and stop at the National Brewery Museum before continuing to Dubuque. Great food and craft beer.

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By Planefella
on July 16, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Touring

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By Irishmikeh
on November 17, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

In addition to being the most beautiful section of Iowa, following the Mississippi River, this is a wonderful curvy road.

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By Moran
on October 1, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

five stars without a doubt the best road ive ridden. amazing. a must ride

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By Road to Somewhere
on June 5, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Northeastern IA was a pleasant surprise. I recommend the Great River Road covered in this ride for sure.

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By Guest
on January 15, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

We use this section on our bi-annual tour of IL, IA, MN and WI. The ride is called The Flat 4 Tour and you can find us on facebook.

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By Guest
on November 15, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a spectacular drive, there is a new restaurant/brewery in McGregor just south of Marquette called Old Man River. Food was great, beer wasn't ready yet, and the atmosphere was awesome. The building was totally refurbished and they kept it open but still we were able to have our "privacy".

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By Guest
on August 5, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This stretch of road is gorgeous. My wife and I loved every bit of it and the scenery is spectacular.

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By Guest
on December 21, 2007 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great stretch of road! The roads to the north and south along the river are just as nice! A good day trip!!!

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By Guest
on November 9, 2007 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1988

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

yep this is a good one by Iowa standards. I do recommend however heading just few hours south and a lot better stuff is in MO

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By Guest
on November 7, 2007 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

I rode this one and really liked the stops along the way ... some for scenery, some for history

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By Guest
on November 5, 2007 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 99

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

A lot of great places to stop and eat at along the way.

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