The riches of the Mississippi river

The Mississippi River is one of the world’s major river systems and is the third longest river in North America, being 2,350 miles from its source at Lake Itasca through to the Gulf of Mexico. It has had strong historical significance in the USA from Native American tribes through to European explorers, the American Civil War, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many of Mark Twain’s famous stories are related to or take place near the Mississippi River, this includes the well known ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’

 

Destinations

Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee and offers everything a tourist, gourmet, or history buff could ask for and is known as the Blues City - where you’ll experience the heart and soul of music. In Vicksburg, you’ll find sweeping views of the Mississippi River and a perfect blend of Southern culture and heritage along with stories of Civil War battles. Natchez is a city centuries old but alive in the present with arts, music, culture, events and natural beauty. St. Francisville, one of the 200 most beautiful small towns in America, is home to plantations that take you back in time to when Southern belles sipped mint juleps on the shady porches.

Louisiana's capital city, Baton Rouge, is rich in culture and heritage. Known as the Red Stick, it’s home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine and a variety of attractions all served with true Southern hospitality. Located on the Mississippi, River Oak Alley Plantation is called the Grande Dame of the Great River Road. With a canopy of giant oak trees leading to a classic antebellum home, this imposing mansion has been restored to its 19th century glory.

Nowhere in the world is there another city like New Orleans and nowhere is this city’s spirit more evident than in the famed French Quarter, with its architectural mix of Spanish, French, Creole, and American styles. It has inspired writers and artists since the time of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern and John James Audubon