Illinois April 16, 2017
7 Incredible River Cruises You Can Only Take In Illinois
When most people think of a cruise, they think of life on the open ocean, but you can get a boating experience just as good, if not better, right here in Illinois.
Travel the rivers the way Mark Twain used to as you wind up and down the Mississippi River or make your way through one of the greatest cities in the U.S. on the Chicago River. From riverboats to yachts, and day trips to extended excursions, you can travel nearly the entire state by waterway.
1. Celebrations Belle
Stationed in Moline, this riverboat cruising experience is available for lunch or dinner and often includes a narrated tour of the Mississippi River. The interior may be stunning, but don't forget to enjoy those amazing views.
2. American Queen Steamboat Company
Enjoy gorgeous state rooms, dining rooms, and hangouts on deck aboard the America Queen. It runs the length of the Mississippi River making stops in Illinois along the way.
3. Chicago's First Lady Cruises
As part of Chicago's architecture tours, you can see the city like never before on Chicago's First Lady. Enjoy both daytime and twilight tours along the Chicago River.
4. Twilight Riverboat
Take a trip on the Mississippi with an old-time riverboat. You'll enjoy upscale furnishings inside and the beauty of the Midwest outside.
5. Spirit of Peoria
Sail the Illinois River aboard this classic riverboat. Tours are during the day or overnight and may be themed. Sightseeing is key on this trip.
6. Grafton River Adventures
Climb aboard the Hakuna Matata River Rambler cruise, a 49-passenger excursion with themes like sunset or wine. From spring through fall, you can even plan a private event on this Mississippi River cruise. Pictured above is the beautiful Grafton Harbor.
7. St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats
Cruise along the scenic Fox River and enjoy the wonder of the nature preserve. All cruises leave from Pottawatomie Park and may be rented for private events. The ocean has nothing on these stunning river views.
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Have you taken a river cruise before? Tell us all about your experiences in the comments below!