We know that everyone can’t make it to New England to see the leaves change color. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the fall foliage a bit closer to home. We’ve just finished profiling New England cruises, so we thought that we would check out what is available in other areas of the country. Hopefully, you will find a fall foliage cruise near your home that you can enjoy.
Arkansas River – The Arkansas Queen sails out of North Little Rock. Built in 1994 in Florida, it traversed the waters of Long Island and Tunica, Mississippi prior to the Arkansas River.
Erie Canal – Tour scenic Erie Canal through the Colonial Belle, sailing from Fairport, NY near Rochester.
Finger Lakes – Cruise Seneca Lake and see Hector Falls aboard the Stroller IV, christened in 1934, out of Watkins Glen.
Genesee River/Lake Ontario – See the shores of Lake Ontario from the Harbor Town Belle, built along the Genesee River and berthed in the Port of Rochester.
Great Lakes – Visit Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin on an eight day adventure around Lake Michigan to enjoy the colors of the shoreline aboard Blount Small Ship Adventures.
Hudson River/New York City – Whether your goal is to enjoy the city skyline or see the leaves changing on the Hudson River, you can find a ship for your adventure from this list. Choose from the Seastreak, Circle Line Downtown, Classic Harbor Line, American Cruise Lines, Pride of the Hudson, Hudson River Cruises, and Hudson Highlands Cruises.
Lake Taneycomo, Branson MO – Enjoy a scenic tour of Lake Taneycomo from the Lake Queen Paddleboat or the Branson Landing Princess from Branson Landing Cruises.
Mississippi River – Enjoy the scenery of the Mighty Mississippi from one of the many cities offering riverboat tours with fall foliage views, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Dubuque, Iowa, Moline, Illinois, Peoria, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Choose from the Great American Steamboat Company, the Delta Queen, Twin City Cruises, Dubuque River Rides, Spirit of Peoria and Celebration Belle.
Ohio River – Explore Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers from the Gateway Clipper Majestic.
Potomac River – Enjoy the fall colors of the nation’s capital from the Potomac River. Don’t forget that you are there to see the leaves and let yourself get distracted by the monuments! This ship will take you there.
Susquehanna River – The Pride of the Susquehanna will take you on a fall foliage dinner cruise from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.