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How about a River Cruise on Home Soil?

When you think of river cruises in America, you won’t think of ruins and castles. But our country has a rich history too, as well as charm and beautiful scenery. When compared to Europe, what do Tauck Tours to USA river cruises have to offer? Many people believe it would be an inferior experience. In reality, however, they would be wrong.

River Cruises in the USA
Our country has some amazing rivers and canals, which guarantees you will have a good time. Once upon a time, however, all river cruises were on the Ohio and Mississippi River system, but this stopped when the Delta Queen was permanently docked. This doesn’t mean, however, that these rivers are now inaccessible. Tour operators like Tauck Tours immediately picked up the slack and started to think of alternatives.
The river cruising world did suffer significantly from the recent economic crisis. At the same time, this crisis is now supposedly behind us and this is also seen in an uptake in cruises again. Traveling down these rivers will give you a taste of what ancient settlers went through when they tried to chart the great rivers of our amazing nation.

There are also some incredibly wild rivers that go through our country. Many of these are not accessible for cruising. Rather, this tends to be the place to go for wild water rafting. These are very interesting tours as well, often involving wild camping and foraging for food, but that may not be what you are after for a relaxing vacation.

Our country is so huge, however, that there are many other options to choose from as well. The Columbia and Ohio River are perfect for those who want a taste of history. Or you could go along the East Coast waterway, enjoying South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, for instance. Here is where you will find many of the ancient plantations. Or you can choose the Hudson River in New York, including New York City, which is the modern alternative.

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The Erie Canal in New York is also a fantastic place to go. While built as a canal for shipment, it is now very much a place for recreation. You can go on various trips along this canal. If you do decide to visit the canal systems of New York, there is lots of information available on what you can see and do there.

The United States is one of the greatest countries in the world. While also being one of the youngest, it is steeped in fascinating history and its rivers have played a huge part in the development of the country. Without the rivers, the settlers who arrived on the east coast would never have been able to make it all the way to the west. Without the rivers, there wouldn’t have been a clear border between both Canada and Mexico. The United States was made great on the banks of its rivers and this is to be celebrated.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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