The third largest river in the world, the USA’s mighty Mississippi runs from Lake Itasca in Minnesota and travels for more than 2,300 miles through Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana before reaching the Gulf of Mexico.
Mississippi river cruises offer a tour into the musical history of the USA with stops usually including the likes of Nashville, the king of country music; Memphis, famously home to Elvis’s Graceland; St Louis, the birthplace of many music legends; and New Orleans, where jazz reigns supreme.
Cruise the Mississippi and experience grand columned mansions, historic battlefields, sleepy southern towns, alligator-inhabited swamplands and easy-going creole cities. Feast on hearty ‘soul food’, dance to the beat of Cajun music, fall in love with the mystique of the swamp, visit preserved plantation homes, wander through archaic streets lined with flower-draped balconies, and let yourself go to the slow pace of the Mississippi where you’ll be drawn back to a time of meandering steam boats and clattering horses and carriages.
Things to do in mississippi
- Stop to watch a spontaneous jazz performance on the street
- Eat beignets at New Orlean's Café du Monde
- Take a tour of the famous Oak Alley plantation
- Visit the French Quarter and the Garden District in New Orleans
- Take a tour of Graceland in Memphis
- See the Gateway Arch, the world's tallest arch, in St Louis
- Visit the home of Mark Twain in Hannibal
- Experience the South's Cajun heritage on a tour into rural towns