Friday, July 29, 2016

Explore the Mississippi on a Riverboat This Fall

The Mississippi is the world’s mightiest and most interesting river and it’s time to consider exploring the dramatic landscapes that have long inspired artists, writers, and steamboat passengers on one of the American Queen Steamboat Company’s 9-day voyages to the river’s upper reaches this fall. From St. Louis to St. Paul, the river is rich with frontier tales of fur traders and pioneers set among picturesque geography and abundant wildlife. Hidden gems around each bend fuel guests’ sense of discovery as the very best of America’s Heartland unfolds before their eyes. Plus, the fall foliage along the river can rival any in the country.

“River Cruising is a unique blend of American beauty and history, acclaimed cuisine, lively showboat-style entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain’s riverside America,” says Ted Sykes, President of American Queen Steamboat Company. “Guests will discover a side of our country that few ever see, from the indescribable perspective of the river.”

These are the Upper Mississippi River Voyages aboard the American Queen during the fall 2016 season:
• Big Band Swing, Memphis to St. Louis (Alton): Sept. 11-19
What better way to start this voyage than an overnight stay amidst the rich musical heritage of Memphis, Tenn.? This sentimental sailing includes nightly dancing accompanied by the 13-piece Great American Swing Band with instructors on hand for those with clumsy feet. Guests can also enjoy onboard lectures from expert historians and special onboard guest entertainment. Ports of call include New Madrid, Mo., Paducah, Ky., Cape Girardeau, Mo. Chester, Ill., and Alton, Ill.
• Autumn Colors, St. Louis (Alton) to St. Paul (Red Wing): Oct. 2-10
Each autumn, nature takes out her paintbrush and splashes vibrant colors across the land with white church steeples poking up amidst the splendor. On this voyage, guests will have a chance to enjoy fall foliage in all its glory and towns that come alive with the bounty of the harvest and a generosity of spirit reflected in the smiles of the locals who greet them in every port. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, wildlife takes center stage both on and above the rolling hills and limestone bluffs that cradle the river on its journey through the Heartland. Ports of call include Alton, Ill., Hannibal, Mo., Clinton, Iowa, Dubuque, Iowa, and La Crosse, Wis.
Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, the 9-day Upper Mississippi journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner, and a host of other amenities.

The American Queen Steamboat Company owns and operates the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, and St. Paul. In April 2014, American Queen Steamboat Company began serving the Pacific Northwest with opulence and grandeur on the American Empress.

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