So much can be said about the Mississippi that it almost defies belief. So much more than just the largest drainage system in North America, the might Mississippi is entrenched in the collective American psyche. From the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Beasts of the Southern Wild, the grand idea of the muddy river delta and its great abundance stays with us. Beginning in the far reaches of Canada, the long arms of the mighty Mississippi reach across the United States and eddy down the flat belly of America and out through the Louisiana river delta. While in New Orleans you can stand on the banks of this muddy river and be intoxicated at its briny smell, the tugboats and tankers that regularly parade its banks, and get a sense of what it means to be standing at the beginning of something.

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The Mississippi River divides New Orleans into what is colloquially known as the East and West Banks, though geographically speaking, the West Bank is to the south.

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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 362 Reviews

Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! Cruise along the Mississippi River while enjoying live jazz music, a ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00

Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Indulge in a luxurious evening in New Orleans on the Steamboat Natchez -- authentic steampowered paddle-wheel steamboat still operating today on the ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.98

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

4.5 star rating: Recommended 196 Reviews

Nowhere is Louisiana’s wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans . After crossing the Mississippi River, take a boat ride through ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Soak up the beauty of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! On this Sunday brunch cruise, travel along the Mississippi River while enjoying live ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.50

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