Upper Mississippi River

Early explorers and native tribes left their legacy behind in town names here: Joliet. Red Wing. Dubuque. Rolling farmland stretches out to the horizon; barges are measured in acres; man-made lakes and locks channel the river’s flow. What to do on a river day? Grab your binoculars and study a pair of American bald eagles. Wave to the motorboat captains locking through the dam beside you. Study red in ten different shades of fall foliage. Tap into the sense of wonder that caused early pioneers to call the heartland home.  

River cruise destinations handpicked to pique the interest of nature lovers, history buffs and culture enthusiasts let you delve into beauty and adventure on an epic scale. After all, this is America’s Heartland, envisioned by Washington and Jefferson, celebrated by Mark Twain and stitched into the very fabric of a nation. From Chippewa country in the north to the confluence of the Missouri near St. Louis and Ohio Rivers at Cairo, the Upper Mississippi flows through the pages of U.S. history.

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mississippi river cruise from memphis to st. louis
Jul 03 - Jul 11

Memphis to St. Louis

Fourth of July Celebration

UNIQUELY AMERICAN CRUISING - Celebrate the birth of our nation aboard a genuine national treasure, the iconic American Queen. While each American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise is a true celebration of America, the opportunity to spend...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,149
gateway arch on a mississippi river cruise
Jul 24 - Aug 01

St. Louis (Alton) to Minneapolis (Red Wing)

Life on the Mississippi

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HEARTLAND – There’s no better place to begin a journey through America’s Heartland than lively St. Louis, “ The Gateway City.” Theme: • Life on the Mississippi*   Included...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,149
9 day mississippi river cruise from st. paul
Jul 31 - Aug 08

Minneapolis (Red Wing) to St. Louis (Alton)

Mark Twain

AN AMERICAN LITERARY ICON – Visit Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri from where much of his inspiration for his stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is derived. Witness his words and wit brought to life by expert...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,249
st. louis gateway arch
Aug 07 - Aug 15

St. Louis (Alton) to Minneapolis (Red Wing)

Life on the Mississippi

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HEARTLAND – There’s no better place to begin a journey through America’s Heartland than lively St. Louis, “ The Gateway City.” Theme: • Life on the Mississippi*   Included...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,249
mississippi river cruise from st. paul to st. louis
Aug 14 - Aug 22

Minneapolis (Red Wing) to St. Louis (Alton)

Music of the 50s and 60s

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THRIVES – A timeless voyage from the scenic bluffs of Red Wing to St. Louis’ bustling Union Station marketplace. Theme: • Music of the 50s and 60s* Included Tours: • See ports of call below...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,249
Mississippi River Cruise ship
Aug 14 - Sep 05

Minneapolis (Red Wing) to New Orleans

The Mighty Mississippi

AUTHENTIC AMERICA ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI - Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? Traveling on the Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the elegant American Queen, you will be...

Duration
23 Days
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$5,949
Patriotic Mississippi river cruise
Aug 21 - Aug 29

St. Louis (Alton) to Memphis

Good Old Summertime

A SUMMER OF POSSIBILITIES - Celebrate summer with the historic towns and cities in the heart of America that defined the traditions that we all hold so dear. Theme: • Good Old Summertime*   Included Tours: • See ports...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,249
american queen steamboat sign
Sep 11 - Sep 19

Memphis to St. Louis (Alton)

Big Band Swing

UNIQUELY AMERICAN CRUISING - Get "in the mood" for a timeless voyage from the American Queen's home port of Memphis to St. Louis’ bustling Union Station marketplace. This sentimental journey on the Mississippi River...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,499
the american queen in front of the gateway arch
Sep 18 - Sep 26

St. Louis (Alton) to Minneapolis (Red Wing)

Autumn Colors

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HEARTLAND – There’s no better place to begin a journey through America’s Heartland than lively St. Louis, “ The Gateway City.” Theme: • Autumn Colors*   Included...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,499
minnesota capitol as seen from a mississippi river cruise
Sep 25 - Oct 03

Minneapolis (Red Wing) to St. Louis (Alton)

Autumn Colors

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THRIVES – A timeless voyage from the scenic bluffs of Red Wing to St. Louis’ bustling Union Station marketplace. Theme: • Autumn Colors* Included Tours: • See ports of call below for...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,499
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