Louisville to Pittsburgh

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RETURN TO PITTSBURGH - Uncover America's bucolic heartland as you travel the tranquil waters of the Ohio River from Louisville to Pittsburgh, the iconic city where names like Carnegie and Bessemer created the steel-making capital of the world.

Theme:
• Return to Pittsburgh*
 
Included Tours:
• See ports of call below for information on included tours.

Premium Shore Excursions:
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*All themed entertainment, events and tours are subject to change without notice.

Itinerary

Vessel: American Queen



Day 1: Hotel Stay - Louisville, KY

Hotel Stay - Louisville, KY

Enjoy your included, one-night stay at The Brown Hotel in Louisville. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city rich in architectural beauty and hidden history.

Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in Louisville.

Day 2: Louisville, KY

Departure 6:00 PM
Louisville, KY

Enjoy Louisville at your leisure. You will board the American Queen this afternoon to begin your journey.

Day 3: Madison, IN

Madison, IN

This quaint river town is sure to win your heart. Madison’s culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring you a a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder House, or an example of fine craftsmanship at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, where the stunning Greek Revival architecture is sure to impress each of its visitors!

Schroeder Saddletree Factory
This factory is America’s very last 19th century saddletree factory. For 94 years, workers at the Ben Schroeder Saddletree Company crafted tens of thousands of wooden frames for saddle makers throughout the United States and Latin America. It was the nation’s longest lasting, continually operated, family owned saddletree company. After his death, Ben’s family kept his dream alive by adding stirrups, hames for horse collars, clothespins, lawn furniture and even work gloves to their line of saddletrees. The factory closed in 1972 and was left completely intact.

Broadway Fountain
One of Madison’s landmarks, the original Broadway Fountain stood in the middle of Broadway for almost 100 years before it was dismantled and replaced with the 1981 bronze copy or reproduction. The original Janes, Kirtland, and Company cast iron fountain was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The only part of the original fountain that is still present in Fountain Park is a stone plinth that supported one of the original triton figures; it is set into the concrete at the south end of the central path as a base for a tablet that commemorates the replacement fountain.

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
This Greek Revival style abode was built in 1844 and is often referred to as the “Crown Jewel of Madison’s Historic District. Tour this home adorned with historic architectural features and catch a breathtaking glimpse at the of Ohio River from the south portico beneath the colossal Corinthian columns. (only first floor is ADA, but guests have access to all 3 floors) Lanier Mansion is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country and is considered to be the "Crown Jewel" of Madison’s Historic District. Designed by architect Francis Costigan, the mansion exhibits many original Greek Revival features including its square plan, the full façade porch on the south elevation, the Corinthian columns on the south portico, the Doric pilasters that appear on several locations on the exterior, the massive exterior entablature and dentilated cornice, the ornamental anthemia, the ornamental pediments over the windows and doors, and the Ionic columns that separate the double parlors on the first floor.

History Center and Railroad Museum
The History Center and Railroad Station Museum are owned and operated by the Jefferson County Historical Society. The History Center offers visitors a permanent exhibit gallery devoted to the history of Southern Indiana and the mid-Ohio Valley. It also contains a research library and archives. The Railroad Station Museum is a historic representation of an early 20th century passenger station. It features an octagonal waiting room that is two stories tall.

Jeremiah Sullivan House
Built in 1818 and considered Madison’s first mansion, this stately federal style structure was home to one of Madison’s most distinguished leaders, Jeremiah Sullivan. e house’s interior features most of the original woodwork and whitewashed plaster, as well as a full basement, an unusual feature in Madison during the mid-1800s. Trail Interactive exhibit!

Doctor Hutchings Office & Museum
The Dr. William D. Hutchings Office and Museum is one of the most authentic 19th century medical history restorations in the U.S. Built c. 1850 and originally used as a law office, Dr. Hutchings healed and comforted the sick here from 1878 until his death in 1903. Hundreds of the Dr. Hutchings medical records, surgical tools, books and other artifacts, including early electrical healing devices, fill the Office. Next door in the museum enjoy a sampling of Hutchings family treasures found in the Office when it was donated to Historic Madison, Inc. in 1968.

A Kentucky Champion's Experience

Follow the back roads of Madison, as we make our way to Kentucky, through rolling hills flanked with black fence, champion Thoroughbred horse farms, charred oak barrels full of aging bourbon whiskey, and crimson barns filled with tobacco leaves drying in the southern breeze. Join us on an exclusive full-day excursion that captures the intriguing essence of this beautiful countryside.

After a scenic journey through the hills of Kentucky, we arrive at the eight-generation family-owned Henton Farm, gifted to the family from England more than 200 years ago, prior to Kentucky’s state-hood. Descendants of the Henton family still farm the land, growing everything from wheat; corn, for the near-by Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery; soybeans; and Kentucky’s cash-crop, tobacco. Walk through the working farm with Hoppy Henton, an on-site expert who will explain the intricacies of Kentucky tobacco production from planting, to harvesting and the barn curing process. Full of earthy aromas, entering the curing barn offers guests an up-close experience.

No trip to Kentucky would be complete without a glimpse into the Thoroughbred horse-breeding industry in Lexington, dubbed the “Horse Capital of the World.” Visit the Darby Dan Farm, known as the only farm in history to breed winners in the Epsom Derby, Kentucky Derby as well as a Breeders’ Cup Classic, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. The farm is operated by John Phillips, the grandson of the farm’s original owner, John Galbreath, former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates major league baseball team. Today, Phillips keeps up the family tradition of excellence at the traditional farm, so iconic and beautiful that its breathtaking bluegrass vistas earned Darby Dan Farm a role in Disney’s motion picture, Secretariat. A guided tour of the farm includes the stately manor house, the restored office of legendary Colonel E.R. Bradley, and the trophy room, which proudly boasts a special collection of sports and horseracing memorabilia. Then, it’s time for an authentic Southern-style lunch at Holly Hill Inn, a charming fine dining restaurant in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass horse country. Holly Hill Inn is owned by Ouita Michel, who has been honored with several nominations as Best Chef Southeast and Outstanding Restaurateur by the James Beard Foundation. Indulge in a luxurious Kentucky-style lunch at this picturesque location before we embark on our final journey of the day to the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

The Kentucky experience comes full circle as we follow the corn grown at Henton Farm to its final destination at the Woodford Reserve distillery for an in-depth look as the corn mingles with four other grains before being transformed into Bourbon whiskey, a type of alcohol that is unique to this area. Discover Woodford Reserve’s five sources of flavor along with the distilling and bottling process on a guided journey through the working distillery. As our experience concludes, a stop at the tasting rooms offers an informative sampling experience providing education about the best ways to enjoy this fine spirit and a visit to the gift shop will provide the opportunity to pick out the perfect souvenir to remember this great Kentucky Experience.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
Call for pricing
Duration
8.25 hours
Tour Capacity
30 guests

Day 4: Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH

Amidst the gently rolling hills along the Ohio River, Cincinnati spreads from the southwestern corner of Ohio into Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The city is located about mid-point on the shoreline of the 981-mile long Ohio River. John Filson, one of the first settlers in the Ohio Valley community, named it Losantiville, meaning “town opposite the mouth” of the Licking River. The community was the location of Fort Washington, which provided military protection for the surrounding territories. In 1790, General Arthur St. Clair, Commander of Fort Washington, renamed it Cincinnati in honor of the society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers.

Fountain Square
This iconic fountain is in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. Located at the corner of Fifth and Vine Streets, Fountain Square is a public space where Cincinnatians gather, celebrate and connect as a city.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
This interactive center is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, a museum of ideas, a site of conscience, a museum of American history, and museum of African American history. (Admission additional).

Krohn Conservatory
This greenhouse contains multiple floral plants, displayed in the palm house, desert house, the Hinkle Magnolia Garden including a bonsai and orchid displays. Krohn Conservatory was built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era. It’s what’s inside those aluminum and glass walls that make Krohn Conservatory truly special. You’d have to travel a good distance from Cincinnati to visit a rainforest or a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world.

The Eden Park Observation Point
Here, you will view some landmarks within the park including a picturesque gazebo, where a breathtaking view of the city is offered to all of its visitors. This stop is the perfect place for those who love nature and scenery to hop-off.

Cincinnati Art Museum
This impressive museum harbors an unparalleled art collection consisting of more than 60,000 works, spanning over 6,000 years throughout history. It also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year. Today, spend your afternoon exploring the art work from many talented artists from across the world.

Newport on the Levee
Take advantage of this centrally located stop, where many unique boutiques, restaurants, and attractions are within walking distance. Here, find the perfect souvenir to bring back home, grab a bite to eat for lunch, or just enjoy the stunning scenery around the beautiful city of Cincinnati, Ohio!

Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
A place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Explore the facility and all of its exhibits and discover the history of this iconic Ohio baseball team, including information about the Reds’ best players, historic games, and Hall of Famers. (Admission additional).

Cincinnati Born & Raised: The Story of William Howard Taft

Our journey will begin as we weave through picturesque Main Strasse Village in Covington, Kentucky, on our way to historic Riverside Drive, lined with luxurious antebellum homes flanking the Ohio River. A stop at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption* will offer stunning views of original stained-glass windows, accented by the ascending Gothic-style arches. As we make our way through the magnificent structure, admire the incredible mosaics made of more than 70,000 pieces, hand carved saint figurines, and over 82 hand poured stained glass windows.

Perched high atop one of Cincinnati's most prominent hilltops, stands a stunning, two-story Greek Revival house where former US President William Howard Taft was born and raised. Here is where guests will come face-to-face with one of the most revered leaders in US history, William Howard Taft, as he welcomes us into his home. Following him inside, a guided tour awaits as guests discover key roles in Taft’s life, including an immensely nurturing environment that helped to shape and mold his character and his philosophies later in life. Our guide will chauffeur us from room to room to admire the authentic, original artifacts of the only man in history to hold the office of President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

*Basilica not available when weddings or funerals are taking place.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
Call for pricing
Duration
5.5 hours
Tour Capacity
100 guests

Day 5: Maysville, KY

Maysville, KY

Maysville, Kentucky offers picturesque views of the Ohio River as it contrasts to the bustling downtown district. The close-knit community works hard to showcase their heritage and culture. The city is filled with award-winning theaters, local art galleries, museums, and historical landmarks. The small-town charm is sure to delight all visitors as you explore what Maysville has to offer!

Floodwall River Murals
The Maysville Floodwall Mural project began in the summer of 1998. Artist Robert Dafford recreated Maysville’s early river history along the floodwalls, depicting some of the most important historical events. The murals move west from the Limestone entrance, chronologically illustrating four seasons and changes in Mayville’s growth. Other important themes such as the Bison Hunt, Limestone Landing, Lafayette’s Reception, Sutton’s Landing, the Underground Railroad, and Rosemary Clooney, and the Tobacco Scene are all depicted as well.

The Kentucky Gateway Museum
The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center educates visitors by offering dynamic collections, exhibits, and genealogical-historical library. They provide the stories of the Maysville regions as well as shedding light on the people and events of a seven-county area through a collection of books, manuscripts, and documents from the past 300 years.

Washington Opera House
The Washington Opera House had their first performance in September of 1797. A disastrous fire occurred in April, 1850, and destroyed a church that was then known as the Old Blue Church. The Church decided to relocate to another street, and in its place two fire companies and a theatre were built. The Opera House was opened February 12, 1885 with the presentation of ‘Fatinitza’ by the Amy Gordon Opera Company. The Opera House became the center of culture and the community, only to be struck by fire in January, 1898. Once the theatre was restored its name was changed to the Washington Opera House, after the fire company that rebuilt it.

Russell Theatre
Over the past decade, The Russell Theatre Corporation has worked diligently to rescue and stabilize a nostalgic and valuable part of the Maysville community’s history. In 1928, a flamboyant and successful Maysville businessman, Col. J. Barbour Russell announced plans to build such a theater in the small town of Maysville at a cost of $125,000. The Russell Theatre was the result of the exciting period of movie palace theater construction. The theater opened December 4, 1930, amid much fanfare with the showing of "Whoopee", starring Eddie Cantor. Today, the community works hard to preserve this piece of history and keep the theater in pristine condition!

Visitors Welcome Tent
Stop off at the Visitors Welcome Tent, where a local representative will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the city of Maysville! They can provide you with suggestions on events, attractions, and points of interest, or even help you plan the perfect day based on your interests!

Washington, Kentucky: From Slavery to Freedom

Just a short drive from Maysville, Kentucky sits the quant town of Washington. This 1790’s village, named after Revolutionary War Hero and America’s first President; George Washington, held an important role in history through its pioneer settlers to the slave auctions held within the community. Join us, for a tour of America’s heritage as we walk the flagstone pathways through a town where history was made.

We will begin our historical adventure with a tour through the Paxton House-Visitor’s Center. Built by prominent lawyer and early emancipationist; James Paxton. Then, we’ll explore Mefford’s Ford, an authentic log cabin that contains the same timber from the flatboat that carried George Mefford and his family down the Ohio River in 1785. Next on our historical tour—The Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum; located in the historic 1795 home of local County Clerk, this museum explores the local tradition that Harriet Beecher visited this home in the 1830-40’s and drew upon her experiences as a witness to slavery. This recently updated museum explores the local stories and discusses the realities of slavery. After touring the Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum, guests will visit the Albert Sidney Johnston Home, originally the childhood home of the Civil War Confederate General of the same name and later family home of Union General William “Bull” Nelson. Before heading back to Maysville, we’ll visit the Washington Courthouse Site. Built by master stonemason and Baptist Minister; Lewis Craig in 1793, guests will explore this historic building and learn about its connection to the Slave Trade Industry.

Upon our return to Maysville, guests will explore the Underground Railroad Museum. Known as the Bierbower House, this documented Safe House exhibits artifacts from the days of slavery including memorabilia and documentation on Maysville role in the abolitionist movement and the role of slavery in America.

Transportation
Included
Price
Call for pricing
Duration
4 hours
Tour Capacity
50 guests

Day 6: Point Pleasant, WV

Point Pleasant, WV

In the second half of 1749, French explorer Pierre Celeron Joseph de Blaineville claimed French sovereignty over the Ohio Valley and buried a lead plaque at the meeting point of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, naming the place Point Pleasant. Visitors can learn of river life, great floods, boat construction, sternwheel steamers, river disasters and the local river industry's contribution to World War II at The Point Pleasant River Museum. Widely recognized for the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge which claimed the lives of 46 people, this sleepy river town became a focal point of paranormal enthusiasts in search of "Mothman," a creature said to inhabit an abandoned TNT factory from World War II. It has become more than an urban legend, and it is believed to be a harbinger of imminent disaster, now being seen around the globe before great tragedies. 

We will start with a walking tour of Point Pleasant Riverfront Park where floodwall murals depict scenes from the Battle of Points Pleasant and local history. Next, we will stop at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.  This four acre park commemorates the October 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant and houses the Mansion House, erected in 1796 as a tavern and now preserved as a museum with displays of antiques and heirlooms of the era. Then we will stop at The Point Pleasant River Museum which is dedicated to preservation of the heritage and way of life on the Ohio and Great Kanawha Rivers. After some downtown shopping time in the Twin River Area we take you to visit Fort Randolph inside Krodel Park.  A one-time refuge for white settlers against Indian attacks, this fort was the farthest most out-post of the colonies and played a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War.  After visiting Fort Randolph, cross the street to the Mothman Museum and learn the eerie Legends of Mothman that began in the 1960’s when sightings first began to haunt the town of Point Pleasant.

Day 7: Marietta, OH

Marietta, OH

Marietta's location on two major navigable rivers made it ripe for industry and commerce in the 19th century, with boat building emerging as one of its earliest – a history that is shared at the Ohio River Museum. Oil booms in 1875 and 1910 made investors rich, leading to the construction of lavish houses, many of which still stand.  In 1939, the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, America’s Riverboat Historical Society, was established in Marietta to celebrate the region's substantial river history. Marietta is also home to the Great Mound, or Conus, built by the Mound Builders. The mound was preserved by the original pioneers and is contained within the Mound Cemetery, which is also home to the largest number of Revolutionary War officers buried in one location.

Our journey begins on Green Street with several hometown eateries and a charming shopping district. Then, a stop at the Mounds; a sacred site of the ancient Great Mound, a major earthwork built between 800 BC and 700 AD by indigenous peoples of North America. Next, we will explore The Castle, with its octagonal tower and stone capped spires, The Castle of Marietta is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival style architecture in Ohio. Later we will explore the museums of the area; The Campus Martius Museum, a civilian fortification with collections preserving the history of America’s migration west, earliest native inhabitants and Marietta’s pioneers. Discover the golden age of the steamboat and learn about the ecology of the Ohio River system at the Ohio River Museum. Next on the list is a stop at Historic Harmar Village, with its brick streets, lamp posts, restored train cars and historic buildings this picturesque small town is the quintessential example of small town America. Explore landmarks such as the Children’s Toy-and-Doll Museum and Marietta’s Cola Museum & Fountain Shop while exploring the quaint town. Guests can spend time in The Armory and enjoy the pubs, winery, and brewery places found along the way. Last stop will be at Post Street for shopping, art galleries, boutiques or museum visits.

Day 8: Wheeling, WV

Wheeling, WV

Founded by Colonel Ebenezer Zane in 1769, Wheeling was established as a town in 1795 and became a popular frontier town by the early 1880s, largely due to trade along the Ohio River in conjunction with the B&O Railroad and National Road – the nation’s first roadway and a most important avenue of commerce. In the late nineteenth century, the town served as a prime industrial center for the state with thriving factory business in iron, steel, glass and tobacco. Through its bustling industrial economy and steady working population, Wheeling developed an area of fine housing around Wheeling Island on the Ohio River called Victorian Old Town. First-time visitors to the Friendly City will find plenty of history to explore in the area. Walk across the 150-year-old Wheeling Suspension Bridge and gaze at the graceful waters of the Ohio River or better yet take a walk through Victorian Old Town and visit breathtaking homes from the stylish Victorian Era.

Begin this exclusive tour with The Artisan’s Center, a truly unique place to visit that offers a wide range of activities to suit everyone’s interests. Here, guests will find a restaurant, bar and music venue on the first floor – complete with friendly staff and delicious meals. Then, discover the story of West Virginia’s relationship with the Civil War at the West Virginia Independence Hall. Built in 1859, this historic building served as the capital of Union Virginia during the War Between the States. The Eckhart House is one of Wheeling’s oldest houses; Built in 1892, it held a prominent place on “Millionaire’s Row” along the National Pike. Final stop on for our tour will be the Capitol Theatre; host to a variety of Broadway shows and theatre productions.

Day 9: Pittsburgh, PA

Arrival 8:00 AM
Pittsburgh, PA

Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Pittsburgh at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.