Click logo to return to  ...Steamboats, houseboats and fantastic sunsets offer only a peek at life along the Mississippi River valley! Small boat cruising is king along the river. Small boats include paddlewheelers, houseboats, and day cruising. There are few overnight cruises available, but several of the small cruising boats offer overnights in hotels along the river. Check out the JBS, the Twilight, and Celebration Cruise Lines. 
CONCISE INDEX to TRAVEL INSIGHT FEATURES for the MISSISSIPPI RIVER and other great world waterways.
Waterway Cruise Reports
by Pat and Richard Middleton

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Follow the Missouri Wine Trails out of St. Louis


Click for story: Co-ed pool and respite area "on the roof" at the Kohler Water Spa. Photo courtesy of Kohler Company.Destination SPA .... The Kohler Waters Spa
at the American Club Resort

Kohler, Wisconsin  Click SPA photo, left, to see story!





Bird in the Riparian Habitats of SE Arizona.
We recently visited the San Pedro River Basin in Southeast Arizona. Like the Bosque del Apache and the Platte River in Nebraska, wetlands in Arizona are home to thousands of wintering Sandhill Cranes and other birds.  
Riparian = water-dependant environments


Wings Over the Platte River... Nearly Every year Sandhill Cranes return to the Upper Mississippi River in Mid-March. But one of the great birding spectacles of all time is in Nebraska near Grand Island.  (click Photo left, to view story)            click photo  
Mike Forsberg Photo




Classic Train Journey, Anchorage/Seward, Alaska
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To Glacier National Park and The Izaak Walton Inn  ....Footsteps of the Empire Builder  Click Photo, right.


October on the Mississippi! Mississippi River Houseboating with Fun 'N The Sun Houseboat Vacations

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Paddlewheeler Day Cruises, Sight-Seeing Cruises, and Dinner Cruises are among the most popular visitor activities along the Mississippi River.  click photo

 Click here to experience the typical offerings of riverboat cruises available in such places as St. Paul, Galena, Winona, Alton, St. Louis, Hannibal, La Crosse, and many other small towns along the Mississippi.

 Click here to experience the typical offerings of riverboat cruises available in such places as St. Paul, Galena, Winona, Alton, St. Louis, Hannibal, La Crosse, and many other small towns along the Mississippi.


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The JBS and her Steamboating Fraternity  click photo
Steamboating on the Upper Mississippi


Skybridge was a great place to spend the evening at Huck's Houseboat Vacations. Houseboat Cruising on the Upper Mississippi...
       The REAL Huck Finn Experience!

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  Alaskan Adventure... Small Boat Cruise with DISCOVERY VOYAGES on Prince William Sound!  

Sometimes words are not adequate to tell a story! Our Prince William Sound Cruise on the small explorer boat, DISCOVERY, was that kind of trip. We have tried something new... our new Photo Art Site to tell this story.


We found a wealth of varied terrain, wildlife, and beautiful scenery along the Oregon coast. Roads were great, towns had character!Touring the Oregon Coast, Newport to Astoria   click photo
                       One can't cruise the Columbia River without touring the rugged coastline and windswept beaches of Oregon so close to Portland!  This road trip through fishing villages, upscale resorts, and vast wilderness areas,  is a great compliment to cruising the Columbia River.  


 Oh, my dear fellow riverboat travelers, you will love this clip from the New York Times...Click on the photo. Then go to our BLOG at  and see another great video and more on the debate.




Cajun_bf96.gif (11171 bytes)The River Barge Explorer, Cajun Country, and New Orleans (Lower Mississippi River)  click photo

 Click envelope to contact us!Click on Envelope, left to request a FREE MINIGUIDE to
America's Great River Road, the UPPER Mississippi.


pathikes.jpg (10974 bytes) The Flathead River and Glacier National Park.  The Chinese will tell you that a scenic arrangement of Mountain, River and Forest denotes a propitious .... or charmed .... location.
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    There were once legions of professionals employed by Emperors to locate such rare locales. Somehow they missed Glacier National Park and the three forks of the Flathead River. We did not!
Montanta's mountains, rivers and lakes provide outstanding adventure for hikers, backpackers, and rafters of all ages.   [Please allow Extra time for loading...lots of pictures here!]


The Columbia Queen carries up to 150 passengers and 60 all-American crew.

   Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers click photo

      It was first of all the Columbia River and the inaugural cruise season of the sparkling Columbia Queen that drew us west. What we remember best is the cultural and scenic richness and variety of our journey westward from the vast forests surrounding Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River to Hell's Canyon and the highland deserts along the Snake River in Idaho.




We hope you enjoy our PHOTO ESSAYS which compliment our Travel Insight Features!  You'll find a growing number of photo collection (we're working on Panama, the Calgary Stampede, a display of our real photo note cards and hand-painted historic maps) for all our adventure trips featured on this small boat cruise report site. Please visit. You can order prints online and we'll offer the same great detail that you get in our other top-rated Waterway Cruise Reports. PLEASE, give us some feed back on how you like this new photo format. Enjoy!