Day 1: Louisville, KY
Departure 6:00 PM
Enjoy Louisville at your leisure. You will board the American Queen this afternoon to begin your journey.
Day 2: Scenic River Cruising
While cruising aboard the American Queen, don’t forget to set aside some time for a little pampering. Experience Pevonia spa treatments for optimum de-aging and unparalleled rejuvenation. Pevonia green skincare products and in-spa treatments unite the finest natural botanical and marine ingredients with advanced technology and delivery systems to ensure the products reach the deepest layers of the skin for maximum absorbency and truly phenomenal results.The American Queen Spa by Pevonia will have you feeling like royalty! From body wraps and deep-tissue massages to spa-quality skincare, you will feel totally revitalized from head to toe.
Day 3: Huntington, WV
Huntington is a vibrant, energetic city that has managed to keep their heritage alive, while still keeping up with the progressions of modern culture. The city is part of the largest inland port in the United States, where West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky meet. Steamboats have always been a huge aspect of Huntington’s history, as a major port for lumber, coal, and fuel during the railroad extension. Today, Huntington welcomes all visitors with open arms and wide smiles, and invites all to explore their unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical buildings!
Pullman Square Shopping District
Begin your day at Huntington’s downtown district, where contemporary local shops are situated along rustic, historic buildings. Spend your time visiting local retail shops, restaurants, and craft stores where you can pick out the perfect souvenir! Many of the small shops offer hand-crafted arts, capturing the creative culture of this small town.
J. Taylor Auto Museum
Featuring over thirty antique automobiles dating back to 1914, this museum is sure to transport you to a simpler time. Admire Model T’s, Model A Fords, Touring Cars, Convertibles, and even a rare Cadillac limousine and Chrysler convertible, each in pristine condition. As you make your way past each incredible display, enjoy the elegant examples of automobile development and design throughout history.
Old Central City
Old Central State is known as the “Antique Capital” of the Tri-State (Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia). Here, spend time exploring the unique shopping opportunities, indulging in local cuisine, and uncovering rich, local history at nearby museums. While here, enjoy exploring what is known to locals as the “Quilt Trail,” an extensive display of locally-crafted, handmade quilts! Within the complex, there are many shops and restaurants, museums, and themed-markets. Take this opportunity to find unique antiques and collectibles!
Outdoor Railroad Museum
Instead of displays mounted on the wall or behind the walls of a glass box, this museum is much different. These actual train cars are open to visitors to get a hands-on experience! Climb in and explore the interior and exterior of different train models throughout history and learn what set them apart. You will have the opportunity to explore the H-6 Baldwin Steam Locomotive, Operation Lifesaver Caboose, C&O Caboose, H.K. Porter 0-4-0 Saddle-Tank Switcher, CSX Diesel Cab, and the C&O Speeder Car!
Ritter Park Rose Garden
The Ritter Park Rose Garden has been voted one of the country's best rose gardens numerous times and features over 3,000 roses. Each year several AARS winning roses are planted in the Rose Garden as we work to continue its beauty and award worthiness. Normally achieving "full bloom" status in late May to mid-June, the Rose Garden is a favorite destination for weddings, baby and bridal showers and family get-togethers all season long. This perfectly manicured rose garden, features cobblestone walkways, white gazebos, and stone bridges.
Marshall University Special Collections Library and Campus
At Marshall’s University, spend the afternoon exploring their expansive museum, showcasing exhibits of West Virginia and its surrounding counties throughout history. Their rotating exhibits highlight collections of artifacts, news clippings, memorabilia, artwork, and literature. Explore the museum at your leisure.
Heritage Station & Cabell-Huntington CVB
If you aren’t sure where to begin your day of exploration, a stop at the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau may be the best place to start! Here, learn about Huntington’s history and culture. Speak with any of the local experts who would be happy to answer any questions you may have or make suggestions on how to spend your day! You will also get a chance to discover what the city of Huntington has to offer and find the perfect spot that suits your interests!
Day 4: Maysville, KY
Maysville, Kentucky offers picturesque views of the Ohio River as it contrasts to the bustling downtown district. The close-knit community works hard to showcase their heritage and culture. The city is filled with award-winning theaters, local art galleries, museums, and historical landmarks. The small-town charm is sure to delight all visitors as you explore what Maysville has to offer!
Floodwall River Murals
The Maysville Floodwall Mural project began in the summer of 1998. Artist Robert Dafford recreated Maysville’s early river history along the floodwalls, depicting some of the most important historical events. The murals move west from the Limestone entrance, chronologically illustrating four seasons and changes in Mayville’s growth. Other important themes such as the Bison Hunt, Limestone Landing, Lafayette’s Reception, Sutton’s Landing, the Underground Railroad, and Rosemary Clooney, and the Tobacco Scene are all depicted as well.
The Kentucky Gateway Museum
The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center educates visitors by offering dynamic collections, exhibits, and genealogical-historical library. They provide the stories of the Maysville regions as well as shedding light on the people and events of a seven-county area through a collection of books, manuscripts, and documents from the past 300 years.
Washington Opera House
The Washington Opera House had their first performance in September of 1797. A disastrous fire occurred in April, 1850, and destroyed a church that was then known as the Old Blue Church. The Church decided to relocate to another street, and in its place two fire companies and a theatre were built. The Opera House was opened February 12, 1885 with the presentation of ‘Fatinitza’ by the Amy Gordon Opera Company. The Opera House became the center of culture and the community, only to be struck by fire in January, 1898. Once the theatre was restored its name was changed to the Washington Opera House, after the fire company that rebuilt it.
Over the past decade, The Russell Theatre Corporation has worked diligently to rescue and stabilize a nostalgic and valuable part of the Maysville community’s history. In 1928, a flamboyant and successful Maysville businessman, Col. J. Barbour Russell announced plans to build such a theater in the small town of Maysville at a cost of $125,000. The Russell Theatre was the result of the exciting period of movie palace theater construction. The theater opened December 4, 1930, amid much fanfare with the showing of "Whoopee", starring Eddie Cantor. Today, the community works hard to preserve this piece of history and keep the theater in pristine condition!
Visitors Welcome Tent
Stop off at the Visitors Welcome Tent, where a local representative will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the city of Maysville! They can provide you with suggestions on events, attractions, and points of interest, or even help you plan the perfect day based on your interests!
Day 5: Augusta, KY
Augusta, Kentucky is located in Bracken County at the confluence of the Ohio River and Bracken Creek. The city offers and incredible long-range view of the picturesque river valley, known to be one of the most stunning views of the valley in the state of Kentucky. Augusta was regarded as one of the most popular shipping ports during the agricultural growth era. Tobacco, hemp, livestock, and wine were frequently exported from Augusta to surrounding areas. Today, the city continues to grow and welcomes visitors of all ages!
Rosemary Clooney House Museum
This non-profit foundation lead by Dr. Steve Henry and his wife Heather French Henry, was established to preserve Rosemary Clooney’s house and to open it to the public so they could see memorabilia from her life and career. This home, located on Riverside Drive, was her retreat from the demands of her career. Today, the home features artifacts depicting the life of an extraordinary woman.
1811 Jail & Appleman Park
The old Bracken County jail was was built in 1811, located in Appleman Park and housed prisoners well into the 1970’s. The courthouse burned in 1848. The jail survived the fire and was used by the City of Augusta until 1967. The upper floor of the jail was where the jailer and family lived and the bottom floor was the jail. The jail's history is tied to the Underground Railroad and prior to 1838, slaves were captured and sold here. In 2009, the jail was restored and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Shopping and Dining District
If you are looking for a unique shopping and dining experience, a stop at Augusta’s downtown district is the stop for you! As you make your way up and down Main Street, explore the shops filled with Kentucky products, antiques, and art.
Baker Bird Winery
The Baker Bird Winery is the oldest commercial estate winery in America with its original land. It was built by German immigrants that settled in the area and produced fine wines of the America’s Rhineland in the mid-1800s. Here, you will enjoy wine tastings, historical tours, and the beautiful atmosphere of this historic winery.
Day 6: Cincinnati, OH
Day 7: Madison, IN
This quaint river town is sure to win the heart of guests. Madison's culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring each guest will get a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, or a taste of the hospitality and craftsmanship found at the Thomas Family Winery where each guest is invited to try a sample of the handcrafted wine.
Schroeder Saddletree Factory
Madison’s antique powered machinery and 19th century saddletree factory stands suspended in time. For 94 years workers crafted tens of thousands of wooden frames for saddle makers throughout the United States. The Schroeder Saddletree Factory was the nation’s longest lasting continually operated and family owned saddletree company. Recognized by historians as one of America’s premier industrial heritage sites, this factory has been expertly restored and beautifully showcases this vintage workplace. This factory is America’s very last 19th century saddletree factory. For 94 years workers at the Ben Schroeder Saddletree Company crafted tens of thousands of wooden frames for saddle makers throughout the United States and Latin America. It was the nation’s longest lasting, continually operated, family owned saddletree company. After his death, Ben’s family kept his dream alive by adding stirrups, hames for horse collars, clothespins, lawn furniture and even work gloves to their line of saddletrees. The factory closed in 1972 and was left completely intact.
Visit this beautiful and unique fountain in the heart of Madison. The Broadway Fountain is one of only four remaining ornate fountains in the world. Offered to the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition by the Republic of France, the bronze fountain is reminiscent of a time past by. One of Madison’s landmarks, the original Broadway Fountain stood in the middle of Broadway for almost 100 years before it was dismantled and replaced with the 1981 bronze copy or reproduction. The original Janes, Kirtland, and Company cast iron fountain was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The only part of the original fountain that is still present in Fountain Park is a stone plinth that supported one of the original triton figures; it is set into the concrete at the south end of the central path as a base for a tablet that commemorates the replacement fountain.
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
This Greek Revival style abode was built in 1844 and is often referred to as the “Crown Jewel of Madison’s Historic District. Tour this home adorned with historic architectural features and catch a breathtaking glimpse at the of Ohio River from the south portico beneath the colossal Corinthian columns. (only first floor is ADA, but guests have access to all 3 floors) Lanier Mansion is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country and is considered to be the "Crown Jewel" of Madison’s Historic District. Designed by architect Francis Costigan, the mansion exhibits many original Greek Revival features including its square plan, the full façade porch on the south elevation, the Corinthian columns on the south portico, the Doric pilasters that appear on several locations on the exterior, the massive exterior entablature and dentilated cornice, the ornamental anthemia, the ornamental pediments over the windows and doors, and the Ionic columns that separate the double parlors on the first floor.
Madison Comfort Station
Centrally located to Madison’s shops and restaurants and includes access to restrooms, refreshments, and benches!
Thomas Family Winery
Enjoy a taste of handcrafted, traditional wines and old-world ciders made on site. This family-run winery pays special attention to the time-honored craftsmanship that is necessary to develop their timeless wines and products. Located in an 1850s stable and carriage house The Thomas Family Winery welcomes visitors and friends alike to gather at the winery for relaxation and refreshment. Stop in and sample some of the family’s finest wines as you listen to how they have kept the business in their family.
Day 8: Louisville, KY
Arrival 8:00 AM
Disembark in Louisville. From its frontier founding at the time of the American Revolution, to the heyday of Steamboat transport in the early 19th century, through the city’s importance as a Union base during the Civil War, Louisville has always balanced a sense of history with an ability to re-invent itself as the city of originals.