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New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street partie
Baton Rouge is a city on the Mississippi River, and the capital of Louisiana. Antebellum landmarks include the castle-like Old Louisiana State Capitol, now a museum, and Magnolia Mound Plantation, with its French Creole house. LSU Rural Life Museum is a complex of refurbished buildings illustrating 18th- and 19th-century life. On the river, the USS Kidd is a retired WWII destroyer that is now a museum.
Natchez is a city in Mississippi. Set on the Mississippi River, it’s known for antebellum mansions like the unfinished, octagonal Longwood, and the Melrose estate, part of the Natchez National Historical Park. Once a trade route, Natchez Trace Parkway is now a recreational road and scenic drive. To the south, Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is home to a reconstructed Natchez house and three ceremonial mounds.
Vicksburg is a city in western Mississippi. It’s known as the site of a key Civil War battle. The Siege of Vicksburg is commemorated at the vast Vicksburg National Military Park, which encompasses the Vicksburg National Cemetery and the restored USS Cairo gunboat. The landmark Old Court House has a museum displaying Civil War artifacts. The Lower Mississippi River Museum features an aquarium and interactive exhibits.
Memphis is a city on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, famous for the influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll that originated there. Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash recorded albums at the legendary Sun Studio, and Presley’s Graceland mansion is a popular attraction. Other music landmarks include the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame and Stax Museum of American Soul Music
St. Louis is a major city in Missouri along the Mississippi River. Its iconic, 630-ft. Gateway Arch, built in the 1960s, honors the early 19th-century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America’s westward expansion in general. Replica paddlewheelers ply the river, offering views of the arch. The Soulard district is home to barbecue restaurants and clubs playing blues music.
Hannibal is a city on the Mississippi River in northeast Missouri. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum is where the American writer grew up, and displays artifacts such as his typewriter and writing desk. The Mark Twain Cave Complex served as inspiration for his novels. Completed in 1900, Rockcliffe Mansion features art-nouveau decor and antique furniture. The Mark Twain Riverboat offers trips on the Mississippi. ― Google
Burlington is a city in, and the county seat of, Des Moines County, Iowa, United States. The population was 25,663 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 26,839 population in 2000. Burlington is the center of a micropolitan area, which includes West Burlington and Middletown, Iowa, and Gulfport, Illinois
Dubuque is an Iowa city on the Mississippi River. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium explores life in and around the river. Northwest, the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens include rose, herb and Japanese gardens. Mathias Ham House is a 19th-century mansion with opulent furnishings, with an 1833 log cabin on its grounds. South, the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area has trails and wildlife.
La Crosse is a city on the Mississippi River, in western Wisconsin. Riverboats depart from Riverside Park, where the International Friendship Gardens feature landscape styles from around the world. The Riverside Museum traces the city’s history. Dahl Auto Museum has restored classic cars. Grandad Bluff Park offers trails and views of the city. The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Catholic site on wooded grounds.
Red Wing is a city on the Mississippi River in Minnesota. Trails lead up the landmark Barn Bluff, which offers river and city views from its summit. The Pottery Museum of Red Wing traces the history of the local clay industry. The Cannon Valley Trail links Red Wing to the nearby city of Cannon Falls. It travels west through the Welch Village ski resort. To the east, Frontenac State Park is a popular for birdwatching.
Saint Paul, the state capital of Minnesota, forms the “Twin Cities” with neighboring Minneapolis. It’s home to the Science Museum of Minnesota, with its dinosaur specimens and immersive theater. The Minnesota History Center has interactive exhibits about the region’s history. Nearby is the beaux arts Cathedral of Saint Paul. The Cass Gilbert–designed Minnesota State Capitol features paintings of Civil War scenes.