By Brenda Ajay; Adapted from American Queen Steamboat Co Blog
Europe, castles along the Rhine, Budapest at night, and floating along the Siene are what most of us imagine when it comes to river cruising. But just as fabulous and way too often overlooked are the grand iconic paddleboats that sail right here in the USA along the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, and the Pacific Northwest. American Queen Steamboat Company takes guests on a journey back in time to an age when steamboats dominated America's grand waterways.
Travel is not an option for us right now, but there's no reason why we can be dreaming and planning ahead for a fun and relaxing getaway once the restrictions have been lifted. While international travel will remain uncertain for a while, there are plenty of destinations close to home, right here in the US, that sometimes go unnoticed. We created this "Close to Home" series to inspire you to get out and explore the amazing American destinations that surround us. As doors open and we we become free to roam, we hope you take some time to explore the sites and take in the beauty of the land we call home.
Let's start our journey in the heart of New Mexico - Albuquerque! Albuquerque is an oasis in the high desert. The state's largest city, Albuquerque, features diverse cultures, authentic art and rich Spanish and American Indian traditions. Modern downtown Albuquerque is a stark contrast to its historical Old Town just a few minutes away. Dating back to 1706 when the city was founded as a Spanish colony, Old Town draws visitors with it's authentic food and entertainment, shops and restaurants. To visitors, Albuquerque is known for traditional New Mexican cuisine, world-class museums, Central Avenue - the original Rt 66, archaeological sites, and the hot air ballooning capital of the world.
The first-ever all-inclusive resort in the Keys is finally a reality. The much anticipated Bungalows at Key Largo, just a 75-minute drive from Miami is the perfect little hideaway for guests looking for an upscale, sink-your-toes-in-the-sand and stay there kind of cabana lifestyle. The boutique, waterfront resort features 135 private bungalows each adorned with fresh bougainvillea, oversized soaking tub and outdoor garden shower.
This adult-only boutique resort, from Noble House Hotels & Resorts, is the sister property to The Lodge at Jackson Hole in Wyoming and Capitol Reef Resort in Utah, and brings to the East Coast all of the same personal touches and top notch service that you would expect from this family of resorts. Among the resorts amenities are two pools and two jacuzzi tubs, three piers, 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and countless beach cabanas along the shoreline, where guests can relax and take in the romantic sunset views.
from Ensmble With modernized ships and great itineraries, river cruising is fast becoming popular with younger travelers. Millenials are more interested in cruising Europe than other generations, and more likely than Generation Xers or Baby Boomers to take a river cruise in the next two years, so we’ve compiled some reasons why travelers of any age should get onboard the river cruising bandwagon.