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Adventures Afloat: The Golden Age of Steamboating: Pittsburgh to Cincinnati on the American Queen

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8 Days | 7 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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In the early 19th century the first steamboats appeared on America’s rivers and they’ve been a beloved fixture of the American mythos ever since. On an evocative steamboat voyage along the Ohio River, relive the heyday of the steamboat as you call at ports whose histories are inextricably intertwined with this iconic American mode of travel. Survey the different types of steamboats and sternwheelers to emerge during this “golden age” and the many useful functions they served. Learn from an onboard historian what made these vessels so popular in their time, how changing circumstances led to their eventual decline and why today they remain a dear relic of classic Americana.


• Marvel as you watch an amazing 4th of July fireworks celebration from the American Queen overlooking Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers.
• Study the development and evolution of the steamboat in lectures by author, artist and riverboat historian Jerry Sutphin, a native West Virginian who spent 18 years working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
• Go inside the first structure to serve as the capitol building of the State of West Virginia after it seceded from Confederate Virginia during the Civil War in order to remain in the Union.

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Walking up to two miles on flat terrain, the occasional flight of stairs.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Pittsburgh, Pa., 1 night; embark American Queen, 5 nights (ports of call include Marietta, Ohio, Point Pleasant, W.V., Portsmouth, Ohio); disembark Cincinnati, 1 night; departure.

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7 nights of accommodations
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
2 Performances


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