When you think of planning a cruise – whether it’s a big ocean cruise or a river cruise – I’m pretty sure your first thoughts are somewhere exotic or at least out of the country. But have you considered seeing the United States from a river boat? Probably one of the best-kept secrets in the travel industry, river cruising through our own waterways is a great way to see the beauty and majesty – and history – of America.
Think about it…our history is steeped in travelling up the Mississippi, crossing New England on the Hudson River, and exploring the Pacific Northwest by way of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. On a river boat, you can make those same journeys while also experiencing the modern culture that has built up around these ports of call.
Most US river boats resemble the historic paddle wheel boats that we associate with the Mississippi River. All have been updated with modern amenities, and usually hold under 200 passengers. While there are several cruise lines dedicated to exploring America’s rivers, our favorite is American Cruise Lines. Here are some of our favorite trips for you to consider:
Highlights of the Mississippi is a wonderful cruise if you only have a few days. This 5-day journey takes you to New Orleans, where you will enjoy the melting pot of French, African, and American cultures. You’ll journey to the nearby Houmas House to explore this old sugar plantation and its spectacular gardens, and on to see the sites at the state capital of Baton Rouge. You’ll sail onto Oak Alley Plantation to explore this “Grande Dame of The Great River Road” before finally returning to New Orleans.
The Great Rivers of Florida is one of American Cruise Lines’ most memorable trips. This 8-day cruise takes you along the route that travelers followed in the 19th century in search of a tropical paradise. You’ll sail the St. Johns River, and stop at places such as Palatka, FL, where the rich came in search of a warmer climate, Lake George in the Ocala National Forest, Green Cove Springs, FL, where people flocked to take advantage of its mineral springs, and St. Augustine and Amelia Island to enjoy the historic ambience of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Hudson River Cruises is the one to take if you want to see New England in all its fall splendor. From New York City to the Catskills, Hyde Park and Sleepy Hollow, you’ll see the beauty of New England and have an opportunity to tour such historic sites as West Point Military Academy, the Vanderbuilt Mansion, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home and more.
These are just a sampling of what the world of river cruising in America has to offer. Luxury Destinations Concierge is happy to help you plan your river boat cruise. Give us a call at 805-236-4437 to get started.
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