best us river cruise destinations


Forget the long list of destinations to explore around the world when there is an abundance of spectacular places right here in the United States that you may not have even considered as a top destination for your next vacation. Some of the best destinations that this country has to offer can be visited aboard one of our vessels and better yet, two of those destinations made The New York Times list of “52 Places to go in 2017.” Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon, made their list and it just so happens that these are jumping off points for American Queen Steamboat Company’s best cruises of 2017.

Ranking at number 23 on the list is Minneapolis. This is one of those places that is weaved into the cultural fabric of America and offers so much to explore. With a variety of itineraries and two vessels to choose from, the American Queen and the American Duchess, we can help you see the sights of Minneapolis in a way that is easily accessible and most entertaining. Experience the heartland of America traveling the Upper Mississippi River on a roundtrip voyage from beautiful Minneapolis, an area rich with frontier tales of fur traders and pioneers, and set among picturesque geography and abundant wildlife. Perhaps you want to see a bit more? The St. Louis to Minneapolis itinerary affords even more opportunity to see iconic attractions and nature’s endless bounty of beauty. If you chose the Mighty Mississippi voyage, spanning full-length of the Mississippi River, you would uncover Minneapolis to New Orleans and all of the classic, historic sites in between.

Ranking at number 49 on the list is Portland. The American Empress carries guests through the magnificent Pacific Northwest and offers the best of Portland in three different ways for 2017. The Roundtrip Vancouver, Washington, itinerary offers options to visit as a port of call while on your voyage, whereas the Clarkston to Vancouver, Washington and reverse itineraries offer experiences both before and after your cruise. Whether it is a Pre- or Post-Cruise Shore Excursion to Mt. Saint Helens or an exploration of the city’s highlights, or an extended visit after your cruise with our immersive City Stay package, the opportunities to get the most out of this amazing destination are endless.

Both of these iconic locations are best explored from the perspective of the river and make for some of America’s best cruise destinations. Anytime is a great time to visit these beautiful destinations and they most certainly deserve a spot on your own list of top places to go – we can take you there and be your guide on a journey of discovery.