9 Day American Queen Steamboat Company River Cruise from Louisville to Pittsburgh 2022

American Queen Steamboat Company River Cruise - Louisville to Pittsburgh

Louisville to Pittsburgh (or reverse)

Starting from $2,899
Ship(s): American Duchess
American Queen Steamboat Company
9 Day American Queen Steamboat Company River Cruise from Louisville to Pittsburgh 2022

River Cruise Description

Embark on a cherished journey from Louisville – with signature images of ornate hats, Old-Fashioned cocktails and the 120-foot Louisville Slugger peppering the city – to Pittsburgh – a beacon for the golden age of steamboat travel. The route to Pittsburgh is a hallowed one in the steamboatin’ community. Not a moment of this journey will disappoint.

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Louisville, KY (Hotel Stay)

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

Day 2 Louisville, KY (1)

This authentically quirky port is a muse to artisans of mixed mediums – from sidewalk chalk to street fare – and home to cultural diversity that quickly captivates the heart of its visitors. The local tradition that lives within images of Derby hats, Old-Fashioned cocktails and the 120-foot Louisville Slugger that towers over the friendly city is better lived than seen. Explore the red penguin-peppered Main Street. Embrace oddity. Experience Louisville. 

Day 3 Madison, IN

"Tucked away between Cincinnati and Louisville is Madison, Indiana, a quaint river town rich in character. This charismatic port flaunts its personality throughout the streets, where a 133-block historic district showcases its collection of classic architectural artistry. Admire the antique machinery at the Schroeder House, or an example of fine craftsmanship at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. The downtown shopping district is a unique showcase of unbeatable hospitality, with each shop locally owned and operated. Madison’s heritage is woven into every stop, ensuring a glimpse of beauty and history. Madison, Indiana was founded in 1809 along the Ohio River. The city was bursting with commerce, had a very active steamboat port, and was home to Indiana’s first railroad. Due to its unique location and transportation infrastructure, Madison was primed to be a link on the Underground Railroad. The neighborhood area known as “Georgetown” (which includes the African Methodist Episcopal Church) was designated in 2004 as the only Network to Freedom district. Four of the 11 sites listed for the Indiana Network to Freedom are in the Madison area.

Construction began on the Madison Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad in late 1836. It became part of the Pennsylvania Railroad system in 1921. The economic growth of Madison slowed. In 1924, the Chamber of Commerce of the City of Madison was established to aid business retention and expansion efforts. Madison now has the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark District in the country and features major architectural styles from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Day 4 Cincinnati, OH

If there was ever a city built upon a river, it is Cincinnati. First the Ohio River and then the Erie Canal opened this fast-growing trade and transport center, with major manufacturing ports to the south and east. Like most early American settlements, Cincinnati began life as a trading post along the Ohio River. In 1802 it was formed as a village, later becoming a city in 1819. Two major events helped to shape its future – the arrival of steam navigation for boats along the Ohio River and the completion of the Miami and Erie Canal in 1827. The mid-1800s were the boom years and Cincinnati’s population swelled due to easy access via the river and canal network. When the railroad finally made its way to Cincinnati in 1836, the city’s trading prospects expanded even further. The Little Miami Railroad offered new access to Lake Erie’s ports on Sandusky Bay, as well as another major river for navigation. The prosperity that followed allowed Cincinnati to build its first streetcar system and by 1872, the entire city was laid out for public transportation. Take a stroll through Cincinnati – the birthplace of baseball and its own distinctive chili recipe.  Bound by the many parks; each district has its own personality, and you can meet them all – because the city’s compact downtown is anchored to the river. As the expansive riverfront continues its facelift known as The Banks, it’s apparent that Cincinnati’s next chapter in history will be just as successful as its past ones. 

Day 5 Maysville, KY

The city of Maysville, Kentucky, boasts a picturesque downtown set on the banks of the Ohio River. Maysville’s heightened passion for diversity of art and live entertainment proves that as long there is a story to be told, it will flourish. Its long-standing romance with opera is on display at the restored 1889 Washington Opera House. Maysville is also home to the Russell Theater, where hometown hero turned Hollywood screen star Rosemary Clooney hosted the red carpet premier for her film “The Stars are Singing” in 1953. Visual arts are celebrated with original exhibits by local artists in Maysville’s galleries. The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center is home to the exquisite Kathleen Savage Browning Miniature Collection – a world-class exhibit of 1/12 scale miniatures created by master artisans. The museum is also home to the Old Pogue Experience. Today six generations of Pogues have and continue to produce the finest quality bourbon and rye whiskies. As one of the oldest Kentucky distilleries, Old Pogue prides itself on offering products that are never changed or compromised in character. An Old Fashioned may be in order to savor this potent potable in the place where bourbon began. Through preservation, two historic districts: Old Washington and Historic Downtown Maysville, continue to be home to a wonderful collection of historic buildings with diverse purposes. Both scenic gems offer a variety of highlights and Old Washington offers guided tours April through December. Celebrating a vivid past while embracing the future, Maysville is proud of its rich heritage. 

Day 6 Point Pleasant, WV

Widely recognized for the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge, this sleepy river town became a focal point of paranormal enthusiasts in search of Mothman, a creature said to inhabit an abandoned TNT factory from World War II. Visitors can also learn tales of river life, great floods, boat construction, sternwheel steamers, river disasters and the local industry’s contribution to World War II at the Point Pleasant River Museum. A Shawnee village known as Upper Shawneetown was established here before 1749. In the second half of 1749, explorer Pierre Joseph Céloron de Blainville claimed French sovereignty over the Ohio Valley, burying a lead “Point Pleasant” plaque at the meeting point of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. Céloron's expedition was a diplomatic failure since local tribes remained pro-British, and British representatives in the region refused to leave. This incident was the prelude to the ultimate expulsion of France from most of its possessions in North America. Just north of Point Pleasant is an eerie abandoned TNT facility opened during WWII. During the height of the war, The West Virginia Ordinance Works manufactured 500,000 pounds of TNT every day. The factory closed soon after the war ended, leaving the more than 8,000 acres it occupied to be repurposed for other uses. A portion of the land, 3,655 acres, was converted into the McClintic Wildlife Management Area used for hunting and fishing. But some weird and creepy hardscape was left behind – round clumps of trees evenly spaced with small drives connecting them to an unpaved road in front. 

Day 7 Marietta, OH

Known as the “Riverboat Town,” Marietta is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers and is the oldest city in the state of Ohio. Because of its location along the river, Marietta grew quickly becoming a major trading center in the Northwest Territory. In 1811, as steamboats began to churn in America’s rivers, Washington County entered a boom era, bolstered by settlers passing through, ship-building, and commerce. Since then, many historical sites have been beautifully preserved within Marietta and Washington County, reminding all residents and visitors that America’s westward expansion began in this small but mighty, riverboat town. Marietta has blossomed into a political and cultural center. Visitors can enjoy stout mix of museums, walking tours and historic sites to broaden the landscape of the mind. Shaded, hand-laid brick streets pervade its charm, and fringing them are dollhouse homes featuring stained glass, intricate woodwork, lofty towers, and ornate turrets. All that and more plays a vital role in the visual and spiritual pleasantries of this place. The past fuels the present, keeping pace and pushing forward with great food, eclectic shops, vibrant nightlife, and historic hotels. There is also an abundance of outdoor adventure to be found as two rivers, a National Forest and a variety of parks, refuges and wetlands surround the county. From spring through autumn, The Valley Gem Sternwheeler offers river cruises to visitors. The W.P. Snyder Jr., the only steam-powered sternwheel towboat still afloat in the United States, is moored behind The Ohio River Museum. 

Day 8 River Cruising

Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

Day 9 Pittsburgh, PA (Disembark)

As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider an airport transfer.
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