Steamboating along the mighty Mississippi & Ohio rivers.
There’s never been a better time to rediscover America. And the there's never been a better way to do it – aboard the grand American Queen, the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America.
Discover America from the remarkable perspective of the river and experience the beauty, history and grand adventure unique to the steamboating tradition.
MARK TWAIN'S MISSISSIPPI
Board the American Queen and experience the river the way Mark Twain did – from the deck of a steamboat. In the mid-1880s, a young Samuel Clemens wanted nothing more than to be a steamboatman. From the Mississippi riverbank in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, the boy who would grow up to be known as Mark Twain was charmed by the river and the steamboats that traveled her winding waters.
“When I was a boy, there was but one permanent ambition among my comrades in our village on the west bank of the Mississippi River. That was, to be a steamboatman.” – Mark Twain
He realized this dream, working for a time as a riverboat pilot. And it was on his riverboat journeys that Clemens gave himself what is now the most famous nom de plume in American literature. In river navigators’ vernacular, ‘mark twain’ refers to a marked depth of two fathoms, meaning it is safe to travel.