US River Cruises

An American river cruise takes you on an intimate journey through the United States' most scenic waterways, including the Mississippi, Columbia, Tennessee and Ohio. Generally, U.S. river cruises make several stops along their way in towns and cities known for their unique food and music scenes, historic sites and cultural treasures. Whether you take a tram to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis or sip wine out west in Oregon, there's a U.S. river cruise for every interest.


American Cruise Lines and Viking offer river cruises in the U.S., and can be more expensive than European river cruises. Each line offers different inclusions, such as guided excursions, pre-cruise hotel accommodations, meals and beverages.


The best time to take a U.S. river cruise depends on your personal preferences and the destination. Cruising in the States follows a seasonal pattern, with spring resulting in a higher chance of rain and summer bringing hot and humid weather. Early fall gives you the perfect opportunity to spot breathtaking foliage.

United States River Cruises: 9 Things to Know

United States River Cruises: 9 Things to Know

US River Cruise Lines

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US River Cruise Photos

(Photo: American Cruise Lines)
Exterior aerial rendering of Viking Mississippi cruising the Mississippi River in autumn
Rendering of the balcony and room interior of the Explorer Suite on Viking Mississippi

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