If it's good enough for Mark Twain, it's good enough for us. Follow in the great wordsmith's wake on a paddlewheel cruise down the mighty Mississip', and stop in for ribs in Memphis, a blues concert in the Delta or some jazz in New Orleans. You can also find river cruises on northern rivers like the Ohio, and if carpe diem is what floats your boat, head west to the Columbia and Snake Rivers for some serious scenery.
Something about America's rivers inspires songs. Maybe it's the melting pot of river cities, where travelers brought musical influences and instruments from city to city like a boat-borne version of The Music Man (but without the swindling). Maybe it's the music of ship's bells and horns inspiring songwriters to pen lyrics or pick up their instruments and noodle out a new melody. Whatever it is, there's music all along the rivers of America. If you're a music lover in search of a river, a river lover seeking a soundtrack or if you want to get a feel for the culture and history of a place through song, there's a river cruise for you. Here are some of America's most-traveled rivers and what you can expect to hear while you ply their waters.