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Cruises to Red Wing

Red Wing (Photo:Joe Ferrer/Shutterstock)

About Red Wing

Officially established in 1857, Red Wing -- a stop on many Upper Mississippi cruise itineraries -- is named after a succession of chiefs of the local Native American tribe, all called Red Wing by the white settlers. (The first chief with that name was Hupahuduta or "A Swan's Wing Dyed in Red.") The Minnesota city rose to prominence in the mid-19th century as the largest primary wheat market in the world; later its economy was driven by the pottery industry.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Red Wing on its distinctive destinations list in 2008, specifically for its "impressive architecture and enviable natural environment."

Visitors to Red Wing can tour museums dedicated to two of the city's most famous exports: Red Wing Shoes and Red Wing pottery. Pottery manufacturing in Red Wing dates back to 1877, when the Red Wing Stoneware Company was founded; it operated until 1967. The shoe company got its start in 1905, and the shoes are still sold today.

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Viking Mississippi
Viking Mississippi (Image: Viking River Cruises)

7 Night
America's HeartlandDetails

1 Review
Leaving:St. Louis
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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Viking Mississippi
Viking Mississippi (Image: Viking River Cruises)

7 Night
America's HeartlandDetails

1 Review
Leaving:St. Paul
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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American Countess
American Countess (Photo: American Queen Steamboat Company

7 Night
Minneapolis To St. Louis (alton) (8-days)Details

27 Reviews
Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Jul 24, 2023
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American Duchess
American Duchess (Photo: American Queen Steamboat Company)

7 Night
Minneapolis To St. Louis (alton) (9-days)Details

46 Reviews
Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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6 Night
St. Louis To Minneapolis (red Wing) (9-days)Details

46 Reviews
Leaving:Alton
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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St. Louis To Minneapolis (red Wing) (9-days)Details

27 Reviews
Leaving:Alton
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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Minneapolis To New Orleans (16-days)Details

46 Reviews
Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Sep 16, 2023
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St. Louis To Minneapolis (red Wing)Details

27 Reviews
Leaving:Alton
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Jul 3, 2023
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Minneapolis To St. Louis (alton) (9-days)Details

27 Reviews
Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Jul 10, 2023
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Minneapolis To New Orleans (16-days)Details

27 Reviews
Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Sep 4, 2023
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More about Red Wing

Why go to Red Wing?

Pros:

Red Wing boasts several museums honoring its history as well as its contribution to American culture

Cons:

Red Wing is a small city, so don't expect to find all the trappings of larger American destinations

Bottom Line:

This city is quaint, charming and full of unique and interesting sights to explore

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The United States dollar is the only currency accepted in Red Wing; credit cards are also widely accepted.

Language?

As with all U.S. cities, English is the language spoken.

--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor


Red Wing Cruise Reviews
The pottery museum was very interestingRead More
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wickenburg_man
Again, interseting excursion, historic St. James hotel, good shopping.Read More
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flip0142
Tour of the Twin Cities and Airport Drop-off. Nice to see the Twin Cities for the first time with an excellent guide.Read More
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