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Inaugural Voyages: Mississippi

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GREAT CITIES & TOWNS OF THE MISSISSIPPI The vibrant cities and picturesque towns along the Mississippi River offer a diverse look at life in America. Each of these destinations has flourished on the banks of the river, establishing its own rich culture that continues to evolve and offer new opportunities for exploration and discovery. ST. PAUL A base for westward settlers heading to the Dakotas, today, St. Paul is a modern metropolis and the capital of Minnesota. RED WING Known for its American-made shoes and pottery, Red Wing was built on farming and traditions of its immigrants. LA CROSSE La Crosse enjoys a deep connection to its stunning Norwegian Valley, where Norwegian immigrants carved out a unique culture. DUBUQUE Dubuque is often called the “Masterpiece on the Mississippi” for its 19th‐century ingenuity and modern-day cultural evolution. QUAD CITIES Straddling the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers, the Quad Cities area rests amid “America’s Breadbasket.” BURLINGTON Home to many historic buildings, Burlington grew into an economic powerhouse with the arrival of steamboats and the railroad. HANNIBAL Celebrated childhood home of Mark Twain, Hannibal is the inspiration for his beloved stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. ST. LOUIS St. Louis is home to rich architectural treasures including the iconic Gateway Arch, a monument to westward expansion. MEMPHIS Memphis is the celebrated birthplace of Memphis blues, a center of civil rights history and home to Elvis’s iconic Graceland. VICKSBURG Visit Vicksburg National Military Park, site of the Civil War’s most pivotal battle; experience the epitome of Southern charm. NATCHEZ Established in 1716, elegant Natchez boasts one of the world’s highest concentrations of historic Southern estates. ST. FRANCISVILLE Set on a historic bluff above the river, the town boasts more than 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. BATON ROUGE Capital of Louisiana, the city’s remarkable cultural diversity is exemplified in Cajun and Creole music, cuisine and arts. DARROW Darrow is home to several properties designated National Historic Landmarks, renowned for their architecture and landscaping. NEW ORLEANS Birthplace of American jazz, the city’s French and African influences flavor its vibrant culture and Creole cuisine. 8 VIKING.COM

MINNESOTA Red Wing St. Paul WISCONSIN La Crosse IOWA Dubuque Quad Cities (Davenport) Burlington UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Hannibal MISSISSIPPI RIVER St. Louis MISSOURI TENNESSEE Memphis MISSISSIPPI Vicksburg LOUISIANA Natchez Cruise Statute Miles 50 100 200 St. Francisville Baton Rouge Darrow New Orleans GULF OF MEXICO 9