Embark on a cherished journey from Pittsburgh– with signature images of ornate hats, Old-Fashioned cocktails and the 120-foot Louisville Slugger peppering the city – to Louisville – a beacon for the golden age of steamboat travel. The route to Louisville is a hallowed one in the steamboatin’ community. Not a moment of this journey will disappoint.
Day 1 - Hotel Stay - Pittsburgh, PA
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 - Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of three rivers. At one time a trading camp, it grew into a major manufacturing center, and served as the jumping-off point for the golden age of steamboat travel. Its Gilded Age sites, including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, speak to its history as an early-20th-century industrial capital.
Day 3 - Wheeling, WV
Wheeling was established in 1795, and became a popular frontier town by the early 1880s. In the late 19th century, it served as a prime industrial center, with thriving factory business in iron, steel, glass and tobacco. Walk across the 150-year-old Wheeling Suspension Bridge, and gaze at the graceful waters of the Ohio River. Better yet, take a walk through Victorian Old Town, and visit breathtaking homes of the stylish Victorian era.
Day 4 - Marietta, OH
Marietta vaunts a stout mix of museums, walking tours and historic sites to broaden the landscape of the mind. Take part in a farmers’ market and ghost stories alike as you wander the town. 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 the same gusto as the paddlewheel.
Day 5 - Huntington, WV
Huntington is in full bloom year ’round. Art and nature blend harmoniously. Fresh murals spring to life and greenspaces – walking paths and rose gardens – flourish. As the largest inland river port in the United States, this progressive, growing and accomplished city is an intercultural stomping ground for river and railroad commerce. Visitors who seek a cultural experience will not be disappointed by the many riverfront parks, eclectic locally owned shops and refined museums of this energy-infused city.
Day 6 - Augusta, KY
Named Most Picturesque Town in Kentucky by USA Today, Augusta is a pearl – continually refined by the rush of its river traffic. From the inland fields of this Kentucky treasure, cabin-and-cottage-speckled hills invite its visitors to forget about the busyness of life for a while. Stops in time-honored shops lead to peaceful strolls through town. Longtime residents are always willing to recount the past – especially the famous Clooney family. Let the us deliver you to this Kentucky hideaway – best accessed and experienced by river.
Day 7 - Cincinnati, OH
Take a stroll through Cincinnati – the birthplace of baseball and its own distinctive chili recipe. The city is filled with downtown destinations that flaunt shops and amenities. 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, where our guests meet the shore. New hotspots and long-lasting classics give this oasis of commerce its colorful character. Seize the day in this old-fashioned urban jewel on the Ohio.
Day 8 - Madison, IN
Tucked away between Cincinnati and Louisville is Madison, a quaint river town rich in character. This charismatic port flaunts its personality throughout the streets, where a 130-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. Join us to discover all the hidden treasures of Madison.
Day 9 - Louisville, KY
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.