American Queen Voyages in 2023 will sail what it calls “the most comprehensive itinerary in the company’s 10-year history” – a 23-day voyage on the American Countess from Minnesota to Pittsburgh.
After an overnight hotel stay, the Grand Ohio & Upper Mississippi Rivers cruise will depart Red Wing, Minnesota on July 25 and arrive in Pittsburgh on August 15. Then, a 23-day reverse route will depart from Pittsburgh for Red Wing.
The cruise to Pittsburgh will stop each day at a new destination along the banks of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
Covering 1,772 miles, the cruise visits Minneapolis; La Crosse, Wis.; Dubuque, Bettendorf and Burlington, Iowa; Hannibal, Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, Missouri; Chester, Ill.; Paducah, Henderson, Owensboro, Brandenburg, Louisville and Maysville, Kentucky; Madison, Indiana; Cincinnati and Marietta, Ohio; and Point Pleasant and Wheeling, West Virginia.
The sailing “will cover more miles, call at more port cities, and offer the most unlimited tours of any itinerary in American Queen Voyages’ 10-year history,” the river cruise line said.
Among the many activities, guests can visit the baseball diamond where the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” was filmed near Dubuque, visit the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, take a scenic jet boat ride in Madison, and explore the Anheuser Museum and Estate in Kimmswick (about 25 miles south of St. Louis).