5 American River Cruises to Consider This Summer

5 American River Cruises to Consider This Summer

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Photo courtesy of American Queen Steamboat Company

River cruising is becoming more and more popular each year and it’s easy to see why. Cruises offer exceptional value for money, with your fare covering lots of excursions, the vast majority of food and drink along with free wi-fi being provided on board.

Taking a cruise offers travellers the chance to relax and let someone else take care of all the details.  No need to worry about food, accommodation or that all important itinerary.  The well-researched and expertly planned schedules ensure you won’t miss any of the highlights whilst on your river cruise.

River cruises are also perfect for those who are unfortunate enough to suffer from sea sickness.  River currents are much calmer than those on the high seas and are often almost wave free.

If all this has whet your appetite and you’re thinking of taking a river cruise this summer there is plenty to see right across the States, see our pick of the top 5 routes to help you choose your adventure.

  1. A cruise through the Pacific Northwest offers the chance to trace the routes taken by explorers Lewis and Clark way back in 1805. On Columbia and Snake River Cruises passengers marvel at deep gorges, picturesque waterfalls, vast plains and forests, not to mention beautiful, majestic mountains and deep canyons.

This cruise also offers the chance to sample some of the finest wine vintages as you travel deep into the heart of Washington’s wine country.

  1. Step back in time and take a paddlewheel steamboat along the Mississippi.  Set sail from New Orleans and travel all the way to St Paul.  This journey starts in Lower Mississippi exploring Civil War battlefields, southern plantations and houses dating back to the antebellum era.

The journey continues onto Memphis providing an opportunity to dive into its legendary music and barbeque food scene.  Next, it’s onto to author Mark Twain’s home town of Hannibal before continuing up the river and finally finishing the journey at St Paul.

  1. Sail through Alaska for a real adventure. Cruise the Prince William Sound and take a journey through protected waters.  This cruise offers the chance to see the local wildlife including whales, sea lions, bear, deer and eagles along with the world’s densest concentration of tidewater glaciers.

This is the prefect cruise for adventure lovers offering the chance to kayak to the edge of a glacier, gather fresh prawns, go salmon fishing and hike through the forests.

  1. Take a journey through the Sunshine State with a Florida river cruise. Cruise along St John’s River, one of America’s Heritage Rivers.

This route takes passengers through lagoons, creeks and lakes, which are home to wood storks and bird eagles, just 2 of the 200 bird species which make this area their home.

Visiting the Ocala National Forest offers passengers the chance to see manatees and alligators.  This trip also takes in the Tolomato River and Green Cove Springs.

  1. Take a cruise along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.  Starting off in Pittsburgh, PA; “steel city” this cruise finishes its journey in St Louis, MO.

Along the way this cruise visits sites including the historic river port town of Cape Giradeau, Paducah, Henderson and Louisville where passengers can enjoy world renowned bourbon at Jim Beam’s famous distillery and visit the site of Kentucky Derby.  Cincinnati offers an opportunity to visit the Underground Railroad Freedom Center and to learn about the amazing sacrifices made there to enable the enslaved to escape and claim their freedom.