Region 7: Kentucky / Tennessee
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.
- Cape Girardeau
- Cairo, IL
- Knoxville, TN
- Chattanooga, TN
- Nashville, TN
- Memphis, TN
Cape Girardeau, MO
Named for 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. Its last vestiges consist of a rock that can be seen from an overlook in Cape Rock Park. Cape Girardeau is also known for its roses.
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.
Knoxville is situated on the Tennessee River adjacent to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knoxville is home to the Tennessee Valley Authority and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dollywood, a theme park created by Dolly Parton, is near the city.
Located on the Cumberland River, Nashville is known as “music city.” Famous for the Grand Ole Opry and its talented country and bluegrass musicians, Nashville is a fun stop with its city dock conveniently located downtown among a multitude of entertainment venues.
Cairo sits at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The city and the local area are called “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.
Chattanooga is located on the Tennessee River, which is one of the most scenic major rivers in the US. Chattanooga's riverfront city landing is a most attractive "welcome mat" for the city. The Tennessee Aquarium is located there and is a "must see" exhibit.
The entire area around Chatanooga is tourist heaven with a multitude of sites such as: the underground waterfall called Ruby Falls and the Inclined Railway which rises to the top of a steep mountain. Plus numerous attractions can be found on Signal Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. Chattanooga boasts an opera, symphony orchestra, community theatre and art gallery.
Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. It is an important industrial, financial, marketing, and shipping center for the south. Local industry is famous for the "Louisville slugger bats," and its whisky distilling business. Louisville may turn into a favorite springtime River Cities stop for the running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Racetrack.
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.