Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana to St. Paul, Minnesota
The fourth longest river in the world, the Mighty Mississippi cuts through the heart of America, offering the chance to view panoramic landscapes that inspired the works of author Mark Twain. You could take cruise on the Upper Mississippi (St. Paul, Minnesota to Memphis, Tennessee), the Middle (Memphis to St. Louis, Missouri) or the Lower Mississippi (St. Louis to New Orleans, Louisiana). Or, you could cruise the entire stretch in a three-week cruise with the American Queen Steamboat Company. Starting in New Orleans, passengers have the chance to explore places like the French Quarter and gorgeous plantations before heading to the charming river town of Natchez, Mississippi and on to spots like Memphis, with a visit to Graceland included, as well as St. Louis and Hannibal, Missouri which gave birth to Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. The final leg of the cruise includes stops in Iowa and Wisconsin before culminating in Red Wing, Minnesota near the city of St. Paul.