Fall Foliage Spectacular: From the Windy City to the Twin Cities

Fall Foliage Spectacular: From the Windy City to the Twin Cities 2014

11 Day River Cruise from Chicago to St. Paul

On this charming vacation, enjoy a 7-night cruise along the Mississippi River. Before boarding your cruise, spend time in Illinois, including a sightseeing tour and two nights in Chicago, a visit to the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, and a night in Springfield, Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, where you will visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. In St. Louis, Missouri, ride to the top of the 630-foot-high Gateway Arch before boarding your paddlewheel steamboat, American Queen, for a cruise along the mighty Mississippi River to St. Paul, Minnesota. Along the way, stop in Hannibal, the boyhood home of Mark Twain; Dubuque, Iowa’s oldest city and the Victorian capital of the United States; La Crosse; and Red Wing. In between towns, relax on board as you cruise. You may take a dip in the pool, enjoy a spa treatment, dance to the music of a Dixieland band, or do nothing at all as you sit in a rocking chair watching the scenery.

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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: 7-night Mississippi River cruise in an outside stateroom

Chicago: sightseeing with a Local Guide; cocktails at the top of the John Hancock Observatory; dinner at a local restaurant

Pontiac: visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

Springfield: explore the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

St. Louis: orientation tour; visit the Gateway Arch

Dubuque: Avalon Exclusive—tour historic Galena and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn from a local expert the history of Galena, hear stories of some of the city’s most famous residents, and see its amazing architecture.


American breakfast daily, 6 lunches, and 8 three-course dinners


  • Cruise itineraries are provided by American Queen Steamboat Company, and are most up-to-date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 80-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience with Avalon.

  • Complimentary shore excursions.
  • Daily presentations by river historian.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • Space to relax & unwind.
  • Pool & fitness center.
  • American Queen Spa.
  • Nightly music & dancing.
  • Nightly showboat-style entertainment.
  • Complimentary bottled water.
  • Afternoon ice cream & cookies.
  • Dining Room and River Grill.
  • 24-hour Front Porch Café & Afternoon Tea.
  • Regional cuisine by chef Regina Charboneau.
  • Captain's champagne welcome reception.
  • Complimentary coffee & soft drinks.
  • Complimentary wine & beer at dinner.
  • Remarkable service through the cruise.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Complimentary guest laundry facilities.
  • Gift Shop onboard.
  • Mark Twain Gallery.
  • Card Room, lounges & bars.
  • Elegantly appointed stateroom.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Private bathroom with shower.
  • Flatscreen TV.
  • Bathrobe & slippers.
  • Nightly turn-down service.
  • And, much more.






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