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Day 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Arrive in Pittsburgh, PA for an overnight stay. Enjoy a free evening to explore Pittsburgh on your own. Tomorrow afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage.
Day 2 – Sail from Pittsburgh, PA – Welcome Dinner and Big Band Performance – Today, enjoy the sights and sounds of Pittsburgh before you board the American Queen this afternoon to begin your voyage. As your steamboat leaves Pittsburgh, envision the adventures that lie ahead. The Welcome Aboard Dinner gets your journey off to a festive start with the first of nightly Big Band Performances.
Embark on a musical journey unlike any other. Touching on the distinctive, popular periods of the genre from the early 1930s to the late 1940s, special performances by the extraordinary American Queen ensemble, along with the 13-piece orchestra “The Great American Swing Band,” will play the tunes you know so well all in the original arrangements that made them legendary.
Day 3 – Wheeling, WV – Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour – Begin this exclusive tour with a The Artisan’s Center, a truly unique place to visit that offers a wide range of activities to suit everyone’s interests. Here, guests will find a restaurant, bar and music venue on the first floor – complete with friendly staff and delicious meals. Next, visit the trendy shops, eateries, and entertainment at the Centre Market (not open on Sundays). Then, discover the story of West Virginia’s relationship with the Civil War at the West Virginia Independence Hall. Built in 1859, this historic building served as the capital of Union Virginia during the War Between the States. The Eckhart House is one of Wheeling’s oldest houses; Built in 1892, it held a prominent place on “Millionaire’s Row” along the National Pike. Final stop on for our tour will be the Capitol Theatre; host to a variety of Broadway shows and Theatre productions.
Each evening offers the opportunity to dance and swing to your heart’s content with the American Queen dance hosts, so if you are a fan of the big band era, this is a sentimental journey you do not want to miss.
Day 4 – Marietta, OH – Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour – Our journey begins on Green Street with several hometown eateries and a charming shopping district. Then, a stop at The Mounds; a sacred site of the ancient Great Mound, a major earthwork built between 800 BC and 700 AD by indigenous peoples of North America. Next, we’ll explore The Castle, with its octagonal tower and stone capped spires, The Castle of Marietta is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival style architecture in Ohio. Later we will explore the museums of the area; The Campus Martius Museum, a civilian fortification with collections preserving the history of America’s migration west, earliest native inhabitants and Marietta’s pioneers. Discover the golden age of the steamboat and learn about the ecology of the Ohio River system at the Ohio River Museum. Next, we’ll stop at Historic Harmar Village, with its brick streets, lamp posts, restored train cars and historic buildings this picturesque small town is the quintessential example of small town America. Explore landmarks such as the Children’s Toy-and-Doll Museum & Whipple’s Whimsical Toys and Marietta’s Cola Museum & Fountain Shop while exploring the quant town. Guests can spend time in The Armory and enjoy the pubs, winery, and brewery places found along the way. Last stop will be at Post Street for shopping, art galleries, boutiques or museum visits.
Day 5 – Huntington, WV – Stop today in Huntington a vibrant, energetic city that has managed to keep their heritage alive, while still keeping up with the progressions of modern culture. The city is part of the largest inland port in the United States, where West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky meet. Steamboats have always been a huge aspect of Huntington’s history, as a major port for lumber, coal, and fuel during the railroad extension. Today, Huntington welcomes all visitors with open arms and wide smiles, and invites all to explore their unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical buildings!
Day 6 – Augusta, KY – Augusta, Kentucky is located in Bracken County at the confluence of the Ohio River and Bracken Creek. The city offers and incredible long-range view of the picturesque river valley, known to be one of the most stunning views of the valley in the state of Kentucky. Augusta was regarded as one of the most popular shipping ports during the agricultural growth era. Tobacco, hemp, livestock, and wine were frequently exported from Augusta to surrounding areas. Today, the city continues to grow and welcomes visitors of all ages!
Day 7 – Cincinnati, OH – Amidst the gently rolling hills along the Ohio River, Cincinnati spreads from the southwestern corner of Ohio into Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The city is located about mid-point on the shoreline of the 981-mile long Ohio River. John Filson, one of the first settlers in the Ohio Valley community, named it Losantiville, meaning “town opposite the mouth” of the Licking River. The community was the location of Fort Washington, which provided military protection for the surrounding territories. In 1790, General Arthur St. Clair, Commander of Fort Washington, renamed it Cincinnati in honor of the society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers.
Day 8 – Madison, IN – This quaint river town is sure to win the heart of guests. Madison’s culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring each guest will get a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, or a taste of the hospitality and craftsmanship found at the Thomas Family Winery where each guest is invited to try a sample of the handcrafted wine.
Day 9 -Louisville, KY – Arrive at 8:00 am in Louisville this morning. From its frontier founding at the time of the American Revolution, to the heyday of Steamboat transport in the early 19th century, through the city’s importance as a Union base during the Civil War, Louisville has always balanced a sense of history with an ability to re-invent itself as the city of originals.