Most of these river cruises feature a combination of port days and river days, giving you time to both explore on shore and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as the ship moves. Here are just a few of many options:
The Mississippi. From its headwaters in northern Minnesota to its delta in the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River has inspired countless stories and songs. It’s the major river between the Rockies and the Appalachians, ranking among the world’s longest and largest rivers.
You can cruise the Upper Mississippi between St. Paul, Minn., and St. Louis, Mo., on a paddlewheel riverboat. It’s especially lovely during the fall color season when the woodlands along the river turn shades of red, orange and gold.
For a taste of the Antebellum South, cruise the lower Mississippi between St. Louis and New Orleans, La. These voyages provide a look back at plantation life, the lessons of the American Civil War, and the diverse cultures of the region.
Southeast Alaska. A cruise in this region is always a spectacular experience; still, a small boat that will take you places larger ships can’t. Sail into the Clarence Strait and Frederick Sound, visiting off-the-beaten-path wilderness areas and ports like Petersburg and Kake.
The Saint Lawrence River. The Thousand Islands archipelago is at the head of head of the river, where it exits Lake Ontario. Your captain will steer your ship expertly among the beautiful, rocky islands, some of which feature stunning residences, great blue herons, museums and more.
The Columbia River. Paddleboat cruises aren’t limited to the Mississippi; you can sail a paddleboat on the scenic Columbia, on the border between Washington and Oregon. This is part of the route taken by explorers Lewis & Clark in 1805 as they surveyed unknown territories and found a way to the Pacific.
Just like ocean cruises, river cruise operators offer pre- and post-cruise land tours and hotel stays. Talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, about all the options for cruising North America’s most scenic rivers.
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