And North America has plenty to marvel at.
If you enjoy cruising as much as I do, there are plenty of options. Of course there are all the Caribbean choices, but do you know about sailing on inland and coastal waterways? Take a look at what’s waiting for you!
When we think of river cruising, Europe is often top of mind. But don’t be fooled! The US has wonderful options from coast to coast.
For me, two things immediately come to mind when I think about the Mississippi: Mark Twain and New Orleans. Certainly a major part of the Mississippi “ethos” – but there is so much more:
- New Orleans – foodie heaven brimming with culture, music and art
- Discovering amazing cities that have grown up on the river: Baton Rouge, Memphis, St. Louis, St. Paul
- Feel and see Civil War history come to life in places like Vicksburg and Natchez
- Stroll through some of America’s most beautiful small towns
Beyond the Mississippi you can also explore the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers – through the beautiful and scenic hills of Tennessee and Kentucky, discovering rich history and vibrant cities including Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh (on the Ohio) and Nashville (on the Cumberland).
Many people are surprised when I tell them they can cruise on the Hudson River, between New York City or Rhode Island on one end to the Great Lakes or Quebec City on the other. You can cruise the Hudson, during the summer and fall foliage season. Nothing more spectacular than seeing the beautiful combination of green, gold and red foliage lining the river valley.
Like the Mississippi, the Hudson too is rich in history, dating back to when the Dutch and English ruled the region. Depending on your itinerary, you can be exploring the West Point Military Academy, Hyde Park and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s historical home site, the Catskills and even making your way through impressive locks and the Erie Canal.
The Columbia and Snake River cruises have you following the route pioneered by Lewis and Clark. Despite being listed as one of the best places to vacation in America by the Travel Channel, I think it is still a hidden gem to be discovered.
From the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls to Idaho’s Hell Canyon and Palouse Falls State Park - the scenery on this trip is beyond spectacular. Some itineraries have you thoroughly enjoying the recreational aspects of the region, including kayaking, jet boating or white water rafting.
Plenty of history is found along the route as well. Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, indigenous Native American – all included.
Culinary deliciousness abounds as well. The area is a world class wine region, and stops at wineries are almost always part of the plan. Some itineraries have wine as the main theme.
Why consider a trip on any of these rivers? It’s such a fun and relaxed way to see iconic and historical places, big and small, and a superb way to introduce yourself to places you may never have imagined visiting. Excursions, all taken care of, have you experiencing the best the region has to offer. Simply put, it’s a great way to see America.
The Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast coasts and Pacific Northwest are dotted with quaint towns, islands, scenic beauty and wildlife viewing options not found in many places. Small ship cruising is a wonderful experience, and these regions are perfect for them, as they are able to get into areas and harbors that bigger ships can only dream about. Sailing the coastlines (versus the open ocean) is an under the radar gem to be discovered.
Like the rivers, each region has its own charm and draw.
Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coastal cruises explore Chesapeake Bay, inter-coastal waterways and smaller rivers down the coast to Charleston and Savannah and further south to St. Augustine (Florida). Ideal for anyone wanting to discover the coastal South – Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida – and all the rich history this territory brings. Also a hidden gem – most people don’t even know these waterways exist.
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