The Lure of City-Stay Packages
PHOTO: Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, is just one of the sites to say on a city-stay package in Memphis. (Courtesy Graceland)
The City Stay packages offered by American Queen Steamboat Company are like two great vacation options combined into one handy bundle. You get the pleasure of an American Queen cruise—a great escape in itself—combined with several days to explore an exciting city and stay in luxury accommodations.
Packages offer a choice of one of six cities, each among the most popular destinations in the country. There is bound to be one that’s the perfect fit for your dream getaway.
Memphis is sure to appeal to the music lovers. The package includes admission to some of the city’s most well-known attractions, including the Rock & Roll Museum. You also get a self-guided tour of Graceland.
Another option for the music fans is Nashville, where you can immerse yourself in “the full country experience.” From the moment you arrive for your stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, you will feel like you are living the ultimate country singer’s dream. Among the highlights: a show and backstage tour at the Grand Ole Opry.
Perhaps you would prefer to bask in the culture of the Big Easy. A trip to New Orleans includes a stay in the French Quarter, where you will be right in the middle of all the action the city has to offer. You can stroll along Bourbon Street and enjoy music, entertainment, great food and even try your luck at the casino.
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Opting for the St. Paul, Minnesota package will give you the chance to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience—the opportunity to walk across the Mississippi River headwaters at Lake Itasca. This will be a vacation unlike any other, as you will surely remember this adventure down the Mississippi River. You will be treated to breathtaking views, and will be surrounded by the wonders of Mother Nature. Highlights of the itinerary include visits to St. Cloud and the Itasca State Park. Keep alert for lots of wildlife that you will spot along the way.
All of the delights of the Pacific Northwest await you if you choose the Portland package. One of the most appealing aspects of this trip is the chance to appreciate the natural beauty of the Oregon environment, including stunning scenery and an up-close view of Mount St. Helens. Portland is known for its art and creative personality, and that’s exactly what you will get out of this trip. From gorgeous gardens to the impressive art that lines the downtown streets, artistic works and natural beauty will fill every moment of your stay here.
The wonders of nature are also a highlight of the final option: Spokane, Washington. This city offers the perfect blend of Pacific Northwest atmosphere with an urban flair. You will also quickly discover why Spokane has been dubbed the “Naturally Nice City.” Residents of this town pride themselves on being friendly and welcoming to visitors, so you will immediately feel right at home.
Most packages offer you the option of taking your city tour before or after the cruise, so you can arrange your plans according to what best suits your schedule.
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