Mississippi River Cruise 2013 (Memphis to St. Louis)
8 days with American Cruise Lines Rating:
800-510-4002 800-510-4002 Itinerary
Day 1 - Memphis, TN
Excitement resonates as you reach America’s third-largest inland port, famous for blues, barbeque, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. Expect to find reminders of Elvis and B.B. King at every turn in lively Memphis. Less-touted attractions, such as the Pink Palace and Mud Island’s River Walk, replicating 1,000 miles of Mississippi River history and geography along an intriguing six-block stroll, are just as intriguing. The Memphis-Arkansas Memorial Bridge creates a dramatic backdrop for it all. As you disembark, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of one of the “Mid-South’s” most remarkable cities.
Day 2 - Tunica, MS
Once heavily forested, Tunica’s flat land is dotted with a series of Indian mounds, some of the few remnants of an ancient civilization that once populated the area. However, when you step off the ship into this town, you’ll experience a different Tunica, one that is lively with a bustling downtown area featuring turn-of-the-century storefronts. An early 1990’s legalization of gaming has also turned the historic town into a gambling resort hotspot, attracting visitors from all over with its major casinos.
Day 3 - New Madrid, MO
Step into the charm and wonder of small-town America in New Madrid, the town that made history as the epicenter of the most powerful earthquake to ever hit the U.S. Founded in 1788, the fledgling city was rocked in 1811, which caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for miles. Be sure to learn more about this event at the local museum.
Day 4 - Columbus, KY
Relive the Civil War era in this historic town most known for its September 1861 seizure by Confederate forces during the War. A large anchor chain was stretched from one side of the Mississippi River to Belmont, one of several events commemorated by the Columbus-Belmont State Park. Learn about the Battle of Belmont at the Park’s museum and bring home charming souvenirs from the site’s gift shop.
Day 5 - Paducah, KY
Located at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River, and halfway between St. Louis and Nashville, Paducah will have you feeling as if you stepped back in time as you walk the streets of this Chicasaw village site. Discover Paducah’s rich history by exploring the Wall to Wall mural program, a collection of over 50 murals that covers a number of subjects including Native American history, the Civil War and various industries and area landmarks such as the old Carnegie Library.
Day 6 - Cape Girardeau, MO
Enjoy the charming features of this historic town that was once a French trading post and lively river port in the late 1800's. Today it boasts Civil War sites and a tranquil setting commemorating the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Marvel at the outdoor murals reflecting the area's rich history and heritage and enjoy shore excursions to Cape River Heritage Museum and the Red House Interpretive Center.
Day 7 - Alton, IL
Step ashore via the ship’s bow ramp just like steamboat travelers did in the days of yore. Quaint, 169-year-old Alton offers myriad attractions from the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and the Great Rivers Museum to the charming homes of the Middletown Historic District. Also discover why Alton lays claim to the most haunted city in America.
Day 8 - St. Louis, MO
Reflect upon the role St. Louis played in the opening of the American frontier as you cruise past the famed Gateway Arch Riverfront, the tallest man-made monument in the U.S. Get settled in and acquainted at a festive cocktail event with a welcome from the captain as you prepare for a trip down the Mississippi to the Ohio River, one of the most picturesque waterways in the country.
800-510-4002 800-510-4002 All This Included
Journey to the heart and soul of America on American Cruise Lines’ brand new Mississippi Riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The Queen of the Mississippi will embody the spirit of traditional Mississippi River cruising and the grandeur of the riverboats of the past, while offering all the modern comforts and amenities American Cruise Lines passengers have come to expect. As you enjoy the rhythms of the churning river, you’ll explore Civil War and Underground Railroad sites, visit the most haunted city in America, and discover quintessential small-town America. The splendor of the Queen of the Mississippi, coupled with the rich history and heritage of this region, makes this an adventure to remember.
800-510-4002 800-510-4002 Accommodations
Category A cabin onboard the Queen of the Mississippi
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