The great Mississippi River is one of the most famous in the world. The 2,320-mile American river makes its way through 10 of the country’s 50 states all the way from the north of Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Native American name for the river translates into Great River.
One of the best ways to enjoy the river is to follow in the footsteps of the ancient explorers as they discovered new lands. That is to take a cruise down it.
The river was an important lifeline in growing America as it was relied on heavily for the transport of goods and people to the rapidly-growing towns that sprung up in its banks.
Many commercial and cultural centres were built alongside the Mississippi River and its many tributaries. Here you’ll see some of America’s most famous and historic cities such as Memphis, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Vicksburg.
A cruise down the river will let your mind wander back in time to the days when riverboats and steam ships slowly sailed down its waters. Some of the sights you’ll be able to see include Civil War battlefields, rolling farmland, restored plantations, and picturesque riverbank towns that are bursting with Victorian architecture.
The Mississippi region also features a storied musical legacy as it’s known as the birthplace jazz, country music, and the blues. Some cruises may also include the Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, and Illinois Rivers.