If it's good enough for Mark Twain, it's good enough for us. Follow in the great wordsmith's wake on a paddlewheel cruise down the mighty Mississip', and stop in for ribs in Memphis, a blues concert in the Delta or some jazz in New Orleans. You can also find river cruises on northern rivers like the Ohio, and if carpe diem is what floats your boat, head west to the Columbia and Snake Rivers for some serious scenery.
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Something about America's rivers inspires songs. Maybe it's the melting pot of river cities, where travelers brought musical influences and instruments from city to city like a boat-borne version of The Music Man (but without the swindling). Maybe it's the music of ship's bells and horns inspiring songwriters to pen lyrics or pick up their instruments and noodle out a new melody. Whatever it is, there's music all along the rivers of America. If you're a music lover in search of a river, a river lover seeking a soundtrack or if you want to get a feel for the culture and history of a place through song, there's a river cruise for you. Here are some of America's most-traveled rivers and what you can expect to hear while you ply their waters.
The week leading up to the Kentucky Derby is almost as much fun as the Run For The Roses itself. That's because the Kentucky Derby Festival is packed with events that celebrate the region, its culture, people, food, drink and traditions. Anyone visiting Louisville for the race should plan to spend
At 2,350 miles long, the Mighty Mississippi, making its way from northern Minnesota to New Orleans, is the fourth-longest river in the world. Cruisers usually pick a section (Upper, Middle or Lower -- all seen here on the Mississippi River cruise map) for weeklong cruises, but it's possible to book
The Columbia is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, running 1,240 miles from the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean in the United States. Columbia River cruises also travel along a portion of the Snake River, which extends east toward Idaho. As seen on this Columbia
The popularity of Mississippi River cruising is seeing a resurgence; three paddlewheelers ply the Big Muddy every summer and Viking River Cruises will bring six modern boats to the river over a three-year period beginning 2017. Cruisers interested in the Mississippi have two main itinerary choices: