America's Heartland: From Music City to the Big Easy
2013 / 2014
12 days from Nashville to New Orleans
On this Mississippi cruise vacation, you’ll enjoy some of the South’s grand cities and historical towns along the river. Begin your trip in Nashville with visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, where you’ll have reserved seats. In Memphis, board the paddlewheel steamboat American Queen to set sail for your Mississippi cruise. But first, visit Sun Studios, which launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and many more, and choose between an excursion to Elvis’ Graceland or a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in the former Lorraine Hotel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.As you cruise along the Mississippi River, stop to see beautifully restored antebellum plantation homes, sample marvelous American and Southern cuisine, and feel like you’ve stepped right into the pages of a Mark Twain adventure. You’ll stop in Helena, a town full of Civil War history and antebellum homes; Vicksburg, where you’ll visit the Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the site of the important Civil War battle; Natchez, a town with more antebellum homes than any other city in the United States; St. Francisville, a quaint river town with historic sites, charming restaurants, and fantastic shopping; Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital; and Houmas House, a quintessential Southern plantation. The cruise ends in exciting New Orleans, where you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit to the National World War II Museum.From the exciting cities to the quant river towns, this cruise vacation along the Mississippi River is sure to delight.