Explore 20 US states over 2 months on this new river cruise itinerary

American Cruise Lines' new itinerary will take guests across the U.S.
American Cruise Lines' new itinerary will take guests across the U.S.

If you have a U.S. travel bucket list, a new sailing from American Cruise Lines is sure to check at least a few items off.

The line will sail a new 61-day itinerary exploring 20 states across four time zones, the company announced this week. The Great United States sailing, which debuts next fall, will start at the Pacific coast and head east, including visits to several national parks.

“The Great United States cruise is a fantastic showcase of our country and of the breadth of American Cruise Lines," Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, said in a news release. "A river cruise of this magnitude has never been done before in the U.S., and only American Cruise Lines is capable of delivering it successfully."

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When is the Great United States sailing?

The first Great United States itinerary will sail from Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 14, 2024, through Oct. 14, 2024, on the line's American Jazz, American Symphony and American Independence vessels.

Where will the Great United States itinerary visit?

The sailing will begin on American Jazz in Portland, Oregon, and head to Clarkston, Washington, along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Guests can then explore Hells Canyon.

That will be followed by a land package that allows guests to tour Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, ending in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After traveling to New Orleans, guests will sail along the Mississippi River on American Symphony on the itinerary's second cruise segment, featuring iconic American wildlife such as bald eagles and a visit to Mark Twain's childhood home, according to the release.

The rest of the journey will take guests to Portland, Maine; Boston; Newport, Rhode Island; Mystic, Connecticut; and more on American Independence. Passengers can take in views of fall foliage in the Hudson River Valley, Gilded Age mansions, and the Statue of Liberty as they sail into New York City.

How much will the Great United States itinerary cost?

The itinerary costs between $51,060 and $77,945 per person based on double occupancy depending on the stateroom, according to the release, and passengers must pay a $5,000 deposit for each guest when they make their reservation.

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The fare includes a hotel stay before the cruise, food and drinks, flights and hotels between cruise segments, gratuities, Wi-Fi and more.

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at ndiller@usatoday.com.

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