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Top Things to Do in Minneapolis

Extend your full-length Mighty Mississippi river cruise with a city stay package in beautiful Minneapolis. The city boasts so many things to do, and you have the opportunity to discover the city’s rich history and scenic beauty. Explore the capital of St. Paul, visit Lake Itasca State Park where glaciers and springs come together to provide the water for the Mississippi River. We offer a three-day, two-night city stay package in Minneapolis, giving you plenty of time to experience the very place America’s largest river began. Plan your extra days in Minneapolis today!

This Year’s Best U.S. River Cruise Destinations

Why leave the country with some of the best cruise destinations are right here in the United States? Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, are both listed on the New York Times’s list of “52 Places to go in 2017.” At American Queen Steamboat Company, we couldn’t agree more! As embarkation points for some of our best river cruises, we are excited to share these must-visit destinations with you!


Top 10 Reasons to Take a U.S. River Cruise with Us

1. Largest Owner’s Suites and the First Loft Suites on U.S. Rivers

Nestled in the best location with sprawling views of the river, our 550-square-foot Owner's Suites aboard the American Duchess will have you feeling like Thomas P. Leathers, one of the wealthiest and most successful steamboat owners of the 19th century. Adorned with an intimate interior lounging area amply furnished with a queen sofa-bed, cocktail tables and desk, these lavish suites can accommodate up to four guests and epitomize luxurious river cruising. Our 550-square-foot elegant Loft Suites are a traveler’s dream come true. You will feel right at home in the 350-square-foot lower level featuring a full bathroom, a small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk, along with sliding glass doors to your private balcony where you can unwind and take in the majestic, riverside scenery. Ascend the stairs to the upper level of the loft and you will discover a tranquil retreat with its semiprivate bedroom, a full bathroom and plentiful closet space. These innovative suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for family and friends vacationing together.


Celebrating the Historic Columbia River Highway

Did you know that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Historic Columbia River Highway in the great Pacific Northwest? On June 7, 1916, the Historic Columbia River Highway was officially dedicated and rapidly gained national attention for its iconic design, in addition to its inventive construction, which included bridges and rock walls. Although June 7, 2016 marked the official anniversary, the cities and towns of the region continue to celebrate throughout the year. You are probably saying to yourself, “what makes this highway so special?” Well, the answer is simple; this isn’t just any highway. This is America’s FIRST Scenic Highway and winds through (and leads to) some of Mother Nature’s most brilliant handiwork, such as Mt. Hood, the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls – just to name a few. Read More >>

Cradle of the Blues

The American Queen Steamboat Company is headquartered in Memphis, TN and while we employ many natives, we’ve also brought a number of people to the area as well. And we’ve noticed that the newcomers are often as enthusiastic, if not more so, than those who have spent their lives in this distinctive community. What engenders such passion? There are many reasons, ranging from traditions such as the march of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, the many varieties of barbeque found throughout downtown, the presence of the mighty Mississippi River, and Elvis’ sprawling Graceland just south of the city. However, the one area that everyone flocks to time and time again is legendary Beale Street. This is the area where the blues was nurtured and dreams come true. Read More >>
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