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The Lower Mississippi runs right through the heart of the American deep south and is home to the great sounds of New Orleans and Memphis. Follow in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, join the Mardi Gras celebrations, or experience the Mississippi Delta Gospel and some traditional blues as you travel down river.

Along the way you can explore the vast antebellum style plantations, historic battlefields and indulge in authentic Creole cuisine. Try some traditional Gumbo, Cajun chicken and Jambalaya; all finished off with some pecan pie for desert. All of which is likely to take place on-board a classic American steamboat.

The sprawling Upper Mississippi is home to charming scenery, fascinating wildlife and interesting culture. This is Mark Twain's country and America's heartland, full of history waiting for you to absorb. You'll make your way along the border between Iowa and Illinois, whilst also venturing into Wisconsin and Minnesota on your travels.

The Upper Mississippi features destinations such as Minneapolis, Davenport and the bustling city of St. Louis, with its famed Jefferson National Expansion Memorial arch and lively cultural offerings. Hannibal is Mark Twain's home town and it's inspiration to his writing is still clear to see. Enjoy the scenery and witness the many locks and dams in operation as you travel along the river.

Mississippi River Factfile

  • The Mississippi River is the second longest river in North America, flowing 2,350 miles from its source at Lake Itasca through the center of the continental United States to the Gulf of Mexico
  • It takes 90 days for a single drop of water to travel the Mississippi River’s entire length
  • The Mississippi River is home to 360 species of fish, 326 species of birds, 145 species of amphibians and 50 species of mammals
  • At its widest point, the Mississippi River stretches out over 7 miles (11 km) in width
  • The Mississippi River lies in the following ten US states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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