Region 5: Arkansas/ Tennessee/ Missouri
The map below shows some of the interesting towns along the route River Cities will cruise. Click on any of the towns listed or shown on the map to see what this part of the river has to offer.
- Little Rock, AR
- Memphis, TN
- Van Buren, AR
- Tulsa, OK
- Cape Girardeau, MO
- Cairo, MO
- St. Louis, MO
- Kansas City
- Jefferson City, MO
Little Rock, AR
During the Civil War the battle of Little Rock was fought here. The city also became a center of world attention when federal troops were sent to enforce a Supreme Court ruling against segregation in the public schools. A point of interest is the beautiful Old State House which served as the old state capital and is now a museum.
A definite must is a trip to Hot Springs National Park. After spending a few hours soaking in one of the many local spas, you will discover a new level of relaxation.
Van Buren, AR
The Van Buren area has a number of attractions for visitors to choose from such as: the Van Buren Historic Main Street, or an excursion by train into the scenic Ozark Mountains . Or just across the river from Van Buren, is Fort Smith, where you can get a taste of the old frontier spirit.
Memphis truly has it all. Museums, planetarium, art galleries, parks, botanical gardens, an aquarium, the pyramid coliseum, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country: Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. And for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts, there are 40 golf courses and many great hiking trails nearby. There are lots of things to see in Memphis and this will be a multiple day stop for River Cities.
Tulsa is a major oil center in the US. It has a number of striking buildings built by the wealthy oil barrons of a bygone era. It is renown for its Art Deco landmarks, including the Philtower and Mayo Hotel.
Jefferson City, MO
Jefferson City is the capital of Missouri. It is also home to Lincoln and William Woods Universities and Westminster College.
Kansas City, MO
Two cities with the same name in different states, yet, they are part of the bi-state metropolitan area. The city sits at the junction of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. Kansas City is home to the Kansas City Board of Trade.
St. Louis, MO
St Louis has become a major inland port in part because it is situated just downstream from the confluence of the Mississippi river with the Missouri and Illinois rivers. The famous Gateway Arch of St Louis welcomes visitors as they approach the city via the river. The arch is the centerpiece of a national park that includes an old courthouse in which the Dred Scott case was tried.
St Louis is a large city with many attractions to include: the St Louis Zoological Park, the McDonnell Planetarium and the St Louis Botanical Gardens.
Cape Girardeau, MO
is named after Jean Baptiste Girardot, a French soldier who established a trading post in the area. The city has been called “the only inland cape in the world.” Sadly the “cape” no longer exists. The last vestiges of the cape is a rock that can be seen from an overlook in Cape Rock Park. Cape Girardeau is also known for its roses.
Cairo sits at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The city and the local area are called the “Little Egypt” because of the delta-like similarity of the landscape. Fort Defiance State Park offers a magnificent view of the convergence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
More Destination Regions
This River City will cruise continuously and make stops at places the community would like to visit. The map below shows the 6,600 miles of navigable waterways in the US and some of the most prominent cities along the way. Click on this map to see more detailed maps and listings of cites in the different regions.
Choose from the following regions:
- MN / WI / IA
- KS / NE / MO
- IL / MO
- KY / OH / PA
- AR / TN / MO
- MO / TN / KY
- KY / TN
- TX / LA
- LA / MS / AL
- AL / FL / MS
Major rivers that River Cities will cruise: Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Red River, Black Warrior, St. Croix, Cumberland, Arkansas and Atchafalaya. Plus the Tombigbee Waterway and the Intracoastal Waterway from Brownsville, Texas east to Carrabelle, Florida.