America is the spiritual home of river cruising to many, and it counts some of the world's largest rivers among its destinations. The Mississippi is the fourth longest river in the world, some 2350 miles flowing south from its source in Minnesota and emptying into the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans.
Music is very much the theme of a Mississippi cruise, stopping at places such as Nashville (the birthplace of country music) Memphis, for Graceland, home to Elvis Presley, and New Orleans, with its multitude of jazz bars and Creole restaurants. The trip is also rich in history & culture with possible stops including visits to Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, Springfield, and Hannibal, the home of Mark Twain. Fans of music and those interested in American History will enjoy numerous fantastic stops on this cruise. This is especially true for those who travel on the the classic American Steamships, which provide nostalgic insights into how river travel in Victorian America was conducted.
Of course this is not the only river in the USA and many of the tributaries of the Mississippi have river cruises as well as the rivers of Washington State which provide a different climate and feel for those who feel more adventurous.