American Cruise Lines offers Mississippi riverboat cruises from New Orleans, LA all the way to St. Paul, MN and many points in between. Numerous other boats and traditional paddlewheelers offer day tours on the Mississippi River. Some include dinner, music or stops to visit historical sites.
In New Orleans, the Creole Queen takes passengers for jazz dinner cruises in the evening. During the day, it conducts historical tours that stop at the Chalmette National Battlefield, the site of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. The Steamboat Natchez offers weekday dinner and lunch cruises, as well as a special brunch tour that sails on Sunday. Each trip features live jazz music.
In Memphis, passengers can board an authentic American riverboat at the Beale Street Landing. A 90-minute sightseeing cruise during the day includes historical highlights, and snacks and drinks are available for purchase. In the evenings, guests can enjoy a dinner cruise with a BBQ buffet and live, local music including blues, jazz and R&B.
The Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer, replica paddle-wheel boats, take sightseers out on the river for a stunning view of the St. Louis Arch. They also offer a skyline dinner cruise and various specialty cruises.