Region 3: Illinois / Missouri

The map below shows some of the interesting towns along the route River Cities will cruise. Click on any of the towns listed or shown on the map to see what this part of the river has to offer.

[Upper Mississippi River from Minneapolis, MN to Dubuque, IA] Dubuque Chicago Chicago Peoria Hannibal St. Louis Jefferson Louisville

Hannibal, MO

Hannibal is the boyhood home of Mark Twain. He is commemorated there by a museum, a statue, a lighthouse, and a bridge across the Mississippi. No doubt this will be a favorite port of call for River Cities to honor the most famous of the Mississippi river enthusiasts.

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Louisville, KY

Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. It is an important industrial, financial, marketing, and shipping center for the south. Local industry is famous for the "Louisville slugger bats," and its whisky distilling business. Louisville may turn into a favorite springtime River Cities stop for the running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Racetrack.

St. Louis, MO

St Louis has become a major inland port in part because it is situated just downstream from the confluence of the Mississippi river with the Missouri and Illinois rivers. The famous Gateway Arch of St Louis welcomes visitors as they approach the city via the river. The arch is the centerpiece of a national park that includes an old courthouse in which the Dred Scott case was tried.

St Louis is a large city with many attractions to include: the St Louis Zoological Park, the McDonnell Planetarium and the St Louis Botanical Gardens.

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Peoria, IL

Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois river. It is an industrial city and home to Caterpillar Inc — maker of the propulsion motors powering River Cities. No doubt we will sound the horn with gusto as we pass the Caterpillar factory that made our engines!

Chicago, IL

River Cities cannot make it to the heart of Chicago due to bridge height restrictions. However, it can make it as far as Marseilles, IL which is situated closer than many of Chicago's suburbs. Chicago needs no introduction, being one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the US. Chicago will be a favorite stop for River Cities with its innumerable attractions.

Jefferson City, MO

Jefferson City is the capital of Missouri. It is also home to Lincoln and William Woods Universities and Westminster College.


Dubuque is home to the National Mississippi River Museum. This is a must see to fully appreciate the Mississippi River and the wildlife, history and culture surrounding this great river.

More Destination Regions

This River City will cruise continuously and make stops at places the community would like to visit. The map below shows the 6,600 miles of navigable waterways in the US and some of the most prominent cities along the way. Click on this map to see more detailed maps and listings of cites in the different regions.

[overview map of water ways in the USA] Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky Oklahoma, Tennessee Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky Tennessee, Kentucky Texas Mississippi, Louisiana Alabama, Mississippi, Florida No selection

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Major rivers that River Cities will cruise: Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Red River, Black Warrior, St. Croix, Cumberland, Arkansas and Atchafalaya. Plus the Tombigbee Waterway and the Intracoastal Waterway from Brownsville, Texas east to Carrabelle, Florida.

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