The big wheels of riverboats are turning again. The 150-guest Queen of the Mississippi looks vintage, but it was built and launched this year by American Cruise Lines. Its itineraries go almost everywhere on the Mississippi River, touching nine states from Minnesota to Louisiana. The “Walkin’ in Elvis’s Footsteps” cruise is a nod to Memphis, whose mayor loaned the steamboat company $33 million to restore the ship if they would locate and hire in his town. Guests will groove to famous Elvis tribute bands and tour a Christmas Graceland.
Pictured: The American Queen plies the Mississippi River.