- For a European feel with no passport required, consider a river cruise in the U.S.
- Board a paddlewheel riverboat that travels between Memphis, Tennessee, and New Orleans
- Or explore the Pacific Northwest aboard the new American Empress
(CNN)Storyteller Mark Twain ignited an American love affair with the Mississippi River in the late 1800s with his vivid descriptions in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Life on the Mississippi." Twain described river towns as "pleasing to the eye and cheering to the spirit" and called the Mississippi Valley "as reposeful as a dreamland ... nothing to hang a fret or a worry upon."