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Mighty Mississippi: Bridging America

Immerse yourself in history as you learn about the life of Mark Twain, enjoy insight from a local historian and explore the mighty Mississippi aboard an authentic steamboat.
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Program No. 20726RJ
12 days
Starts at
Mississippi River

Mighty Mississippi: Bridging America

Immerse yourself in history as you learn about the life of Mark Twain, enjoy insight from a local historian and explore the mighty Mississippi aboard an authentic steamboat.
12 days
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Program No. 20726 RJ
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Explore the Upper Mississippi aboard the magnificent American Queen, an authentic paddlewheel steamboat that recalls the romance and adventure of the past. From the Gateway Arch to the Wisconsin Amish Country, fill your heart with the spirit of expansion and feed your mind with the historic events and fascinating figures that define this iconic corner of America.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Hannibal, Missouri, and learn how it inspired the work of its most famous son, Mark Twain.
  • Learn about the impact that the steamboat had on the development of the United States from a historian.
  • Set out into Saint Paul to discover how the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers helped shape the city’s history.
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Minneapolis-St. Paul: A Photo Tour of the Twin Cities
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The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation
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James J. Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest
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Mississippi Solo: A River Quest
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Moon Handbook St. Louis
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USA, Central Map
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The Gateway Arch: A Biography
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Life on the Mississippi
by Mark Twain
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Old Man River, The Mississippi River in North American History
by Paul Schneider
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The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs, Natchez to New Orleans, 1870-1920
by Joan Gandy, Thomas Gandy
An excellent collection of early steamboat photos. Images include steamboat exteriors, interiors, passengers, crew and river scenes.
Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography
by Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
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Moon Minneapolis & St. Paul
by Tricia Cornell
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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
by Jon Dunn
From Alaska to Baja California, Nova Scotia and Florida, this guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Tabbed for easy access, the color range maps in this sixth edition are outstanding.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
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Hannibal Missouri, A Brief History
by Ken Marks
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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
A handsome Everyman's Edition of Twain's classics.
Mark Twain On Travel
by Mark Twain, Terry Mort (Editor)
A journalist, wanderer, opinionated and marvelously entertaining, Mark Twain wrote five well-received travel books over his long career. Editor Terry Mort handpicks choice selections for this satisfying anthology, organized geographically.
Rand McNally: Folded Map: St. Louis Street Map
by Rand McNally
A street map of St. Louis

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