Little Known Gem: You Can Take A Week-Long Cruise In Illinois
So you want to have a really fun, week-long cruise experience, but you're not really that into the idea of leaving the United States, given the current crazy state of the world.
It's possible to satisfy that cruise urge, and still never leave (except for a couple of stops) the State of Illinois. Just trade the ocean for the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.
There's More To Illinois Riverboats Than Being A Floating, Permanently Docked Casino
I've got to give a hat-tip to OnlyInYourState.com for bringing the concept of a week-long cruise through Illinois (and parts of Missouri) to my attention. The idea of a moving, travel and sightseeing based riverboat rather than the docked casinos we've all become accustomed to is pretty appealing.
If you’ve been longing to go on a cruise, just know that you don’t have to fly anywhere if you live in or around Illinois. You can actually take a week-long cruise aboard a beautiful riverboat that will travel along a couple of the state’s most beautiful rivers, stopping at picturesque towns along the way. The American Queen Steamboat Company specializes in river cruises around the United States, including one that starts along the Illinois River and ends at the Mississippi River.
Let's Take A Look At The Itinerary For An Illinois River Cruise
As mentioned before, if you live here in Illinois, you can get aboard one of these awesome river cruises without having to fly anywhere at all. That's a big plus for people who don't want to leave the Midwest and hate flying anyway.
First off, with 123 staterooms that can accommodate up to 245 people, there's plenty of room to enjoy the theater, a library, a card room, a large bar, entertainment, and more.
- You start out your trip in Chicago, with a complimentary overnight stay (and optional city tour), then it's on to the Illinois River on your way to Ottawa.
- Next, you get some time in the largest city on the Illinois River, Peoria.
- Mark Twain's boyhood home of Hannibal, Missouri is your next destination, followed by Alton, Illinois.
- The trip wraps up with optional tours of Alton and St. Louis.