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he Mississippi River (derived from the Ojibwe word for “great” or “big” river), is the fourth longest and tenth largest in the world, and cuts across the USA from north to south, bordering and running through ten states. It may be hard to say but it’s fun to explore; the river passes through a huge range of landscapes and climates, starting in Minnesota at Lake Itasca and ending in the Gulf of Mexico at hot, humid New Orleans.

There's a wealth activities to sample as you follow the river's course: start by canoeing at the river's source near Minneapolis, stomp your feet to country music around Memphis and catch some live jazz in New Orleans' dive bars. Use our Mississippi River map below to explore what else this waterway has to offer.

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