23274
Kentucky/Missouri/Illinois

Lewis & Clark to Mark Twain: Lore, Life on the Ohio & Mighty Miss

Little-known tales of American history — Lewis & Clark’s expedition to Abe Lincoln’s birthplace and Mark Twain’s muse — are center stage on a learning adventure on the American Queen.
Program No. 23274RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
4,499
11 days
10 nights
29 meals
10B 9L 10D
2
Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY
3
Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY
4
Brandenburg, KY
Brandenburg, KY
5
Owensboro, KY
Owensboro, KY
6
River Cruising
Cruising the Mississippi River
7
Paducah, KY
Paducah, KY
8
Cape Girardeau, MO
Cape Girardeau, MO
9
Chester, IL
Chester, IL
10
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
11
Program Concludes
St. Louis, MO
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At a Glance

When President Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis & Clark west in 1803, he asked them to search for wooly mammoths. That hunt was 10,000 years late, but the explorers did describe 122 new animals, including grizzly bears. The rich lore of American history beckons at every turn of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers during a 512-mile learning journey on an elegant paddle-wheel steamboat. Begin in Louisville — where Lewis and Clark first met up — then explore riverside hamlets and history en route to St. Louis. Experience Abe Lincoln’s birthplace, Mark Twain’s inspiration and the lazy but inspiring pace of life on the river.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the first segment of Lewis & Clark’s expedition on the Ohio River with an onboard expert, delving into little-known stories, including the bittersweet tale of Clark’s slave, York.
  • Go ashore to view spectacular murals depicting portraits of American life — river history, native Americans, Lewis & Clark, the Louisiana Purchase — in Paducah, KY., and Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  • In Owensboro, Ky., explore a renowned botanical garden conceived from the dust of a cornfield in 1993.
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