The Mississippi River sustains life for millions living along its riverbed. The cities and towns that have grown around this mighty river offer some of the most unique and iconic cultural and musical attractions you’ll find in the U.S. Looking to check the Mississippi River off your bucket list? Here are some of the cruises we’ll be taking in 2018 on the river:
Lower Mississippi River
New Orleans — there’s no other place on Earth quite like it. This culturally-rich location offers some of the best Cajun food, drink, entertainment and music the Deep South is known for. You’ll spend the first few days immersed in some of the most iconic features of the South, from admiring Oak Alley to receiving Mardi Gras beads in Baton Rouge. See famous plantations and learn about moments in history involving the Civil War in Vicksburg. Arrive in Memphis to pay tribute to Elvis Presley or listen to the sounds of blues music while exploring Beale Street.
Journeying through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri and Kentucky, this cruise will take you to this gorgeous region that’s rich with culture and history. Embarking from NOLA, head north toward Baton Rouge and Natchez to see the myriad of different groups of people that left their mark on the town. See significant places and moments from the Civil War in Vicksburg and navigate through Kentucky to visit Native American sites and admire a massive mural collection. In St. Louis, get an incredible view of the Gateway Arch, and even ride the arch if you’re up for it!
Upper Mississippi River
On this Mark Twain tribute cruise, get ready to dive into the incredible life of one of America’s greatest authors. Twain’s experience was greatly shaped by his life on the Mississippi River. Take a look at his boyhood home (complete with whitewashed picket fence) in Hannibal, Missouri, and see the Grandad Bluff in Iowa that was mentioned by Twain in “Life on the Mississippi.” In addition, visit Dubuque, one of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi, and enjoy finding the hidden treasures that these tiny towns along the riverbed have to offer.
Travel the entire length of the Mississippi River on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise and experience the region like never before. Embarking from St. Paul and ending the trip in New Orleans, you’ll have a front-row seat to the Southern lifestyle, including its history, culture, and delicious cuisine. Over the course of 14 nights, you’ll cruise through 10 states and enjoy the unique offerings that defines each area of this mighty river, from the tiny antique town in Red Wing, MN, to the historic plantations and museums of bustling Baton Rouge.
We’ve only scratched the surface on all the Mississippi River cruises that we provide at USA River cruises. Take a look at all of our trips on this iconic river, or contact us to speak with an experienced travel agent about your next vacation!