I have always wanted to sail William Faulkner's "old man" on a riverboat. my question is this... between New Orleans and St. Paul what is the best leg to travel.? Since I am from the deep South I am very familar with Natchez and Vicksburg, I am looking into the St Louis -St Paul trip becouse I have never seen the river north of St. Louis. How is it up North??
Definitely the Upper Miss - scenery, bluffs, pokey towns, locks where motorists come to hear what news you bring, passengers toss candy, souvenirs etc. a nice meeting of those aboard a steamboat and those ashore.
I'm from Hannibal Missouri. Lived here all my life. pretty country if you like trees and hills. If you dont live on a hill ,you live in a valley. Pretty trees in the fall. Don't miss the folk life festival this fall. Hannibal Jim
We've done them both on two different boats and each is unique. The lower Mississippi features great shore excursions with lovely old plantations and interesting towns, but the river itself isn't particularly scenic. For that you must travel from St. Louis to St. Paul or reverse. The scenery is spectacular and the boats are welcomed all along the way. There seems to be a special relationship between river port residents and the steamboats.
Hope you get to do both, and don't forget the Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee. Lots of trips to look forward to!!