|It is here, where the Master paints America's Heartland with brilliant & vibrant colors of fall.
As the clean crisp days and cooler nights of the season provide you with a brand new cruising experience that welcomes all Loopers into the heartland.
The locals will start noticing fewer summer vacation crowds, as milder temperatures bring on the discounts. It's here you will realize how lucky you are to
be at this place at this exact time of year. It is beyond doubt the most vividly colorful reason to cruise the Loop by the seasons.
Whether you enjoy the timeless sites of history, the excitement of cityscapes or the solitude of natural sanctuaries; wonderful venues like a Pirate’s
treasure, await your arrival on these majestic waterways.
From the Mississippi, to the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, to Barkley and Kentucky Lake, you‘ll love it here. It is in these waters you will
find North America's only Fresh Water Pearl Farm.
|Louisville, Kentucky (side trip on the Ohio)
There’s a variety of things to see and do at this interesting port along the Ohio River. Waterfront Park, located downtown and adjacent to the
Louisville Wharf and Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere, provides boaters with at-your-own-risk dockage at the Wharf from June 1 to November 1.
The complex is center stage for outdoor concerts and festivals, including the annual Birthday Bash for the Belle of Louisville, the Belle, built in 1914
and moored at the Wharf, is the oldest operating Mississippi-style sternwheeler steamboat in operation — so book your passage for back-in-time
When taking in the downtown sights, the Brown Hotel (another Historic Hotels of America, built in 1923 at a cost of $4 million dollars) offers an
amazing stop with its impressive English Renaissance architecture. Baseball aficionados will be mesmerized with a visit to the Louisville Slugger
Museum & Factory.
The city boasts two annual happenings: The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival, one of Louisville’s oldest music events at the Water Tower and the
Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival, which kicks off with a motorcycle rally. This fifth largest festival in the region features a car show, live entertainment
and more than 140 arts and crafts booths during its nine days.
|Cincinnati, Ohio (side trip on the Ohio)
Mariner’s Landing, a full-service facility 14 miles west from downtown, provides in-water slips directly on the Ohio River and easy access to
Cincinnati. Whether the game plan calls for a day of Bengals football at Paul Brown Stadium or a city getaway, there’s something exciting to do,
including some mega events during Septemberfest, Oktoberfest, and Novermberfest. From Zinzinnati USA in September (a world-renowned German
celebration that’s second only to Munich) to the Cincinnati Mid-Point Music Festival with some 250 national and international bands. It’s almost
impossible to find nothing wonderful to do.
A unique departure from Cincinnati’s bright lights is the Little Miami River, a Class I tributary of the Ohio River flowing some 111 miles through five
counties in southwestern Ohio. Designated as a National Scenic River, it joins the Ohio River just east of Cincinnati and invites boaters to discover
timeless natural and historical treasures: abundant aquatic life, lush foliage and relics from the past.
The Tennessee River winds its way towards the Ohio River, flows into a portion of the stunning region known as Kentucky’s Western Waterlands and
makes its way to Kentucky Lake — home to the quaint town of Grand Rivers, a village dotted with antique shops and restaurants. The natural beauty of
the area is truly an outdoor recreational destination all its own. Nicknamed the Village Between the Lakes, Grand Rivers boasts a spectacular lake view
from the jetty (especially at sunset) and a wonderful two-mile trek along its walking trail. Lighthouse Landing, a picturesque resort and full-service
marina, affords those with an appreciation of the outdoors a secluded yet convenient locale tucked along the Kentucky Lake shoreline that’s a mile
north of the entrance to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and three blocks to area landmark, Patti’s 1880s Settlement & Restaurant.
|CHATTANOOGA (side trip on the Tennessee river)
Not only has this scenic town tucked between the mountains of southeast Tennessee and the beautiful Tennessee River been named Best Town Ever,
it’s also been voted one of the "Top 45 Places to Go in the U.S." by both the New York Times and National Geographic.
You can’t miss the Riverwalk, It covers 13 miles along the Tennessee River from end to end. The Southern Belle riverboat not only gives you a
chance to let someone else do the driving, it invites you for some great lunch and dinner cruises. Tie up at one of the marinas on either side of the
Chickamauga Dam to be within walking distance of downtown. Marine-Max is located at Ross’s Landing and has a transient dock, gas and diesel,
restrooms, groceries and lodging. Erwin Marine operates Chickamauga Marina, off the main channel in an embayment just upstream of the lock, and
Gold Point Yacht Harbor, a little east of downtown in a picturesque cove. Both offer showers, stores and other services for visiting cruisers.
About five miles downriver, Harrison Bay is home to Island Cove Marina & Resort and Chattanooga Yacht Club (private) and is adjacent to Harrison
Bay State Park, one of the area’s top spots for hiking, fishing and mountain biking. Mark your calendars for the RiverRocks, a free outdoor festival. It
spans 10 days with more than 120 activities including hot air balloon rides. (and if you have never down that - we highly recommend the experience).
|KNOXVILLE (side trip on the Tennessee river)
This northeast Tennessee River town made a splash as host of the 1982 World’s Fair, and World’s Fair Park remains a major gathering place for local
festivals and performances, but Knoxville was a commercial and cultural draw long before that. The surrounding peaks provided attractive minerals
and timber, which lured early entrepreneurs. Today, these same resources bring visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knoxville is also
home to the University of Tennessee and its formidable Volunteer Navy, but more on that later.
You can’t miss Volunteer Landing, a one-mile promenade scattered with waterfalls and fountains, historical markers and three locally owned
restaurants. It’s also the location of the Star of Knoxville riverboat, offering lunch, dinner and specialty cruises, and the Three Rivers Rambler
Railroad, providing scenic train rides along the Tennessee River. Downtown Knoxville is within walking distance of Volunteer Landing, and the tourist
options here are almost overwhelming. There’s the 18th century Blount Mansion, Civil War Gateway, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Visitor Center,
World’s Fair Sunsphere (now free and open to the public) and Market Square, offering an eclectic blend of open-air dining, shopping and
Tie up at Volunteer Landing Marina to be right in the middle of the action. It carries gas and diesel, and is equipped with electric and water hook-ups,
transient slips, pump-out, a store and more. About 25 miles downriver is Louisville Landing Marina, a Tennessee Valley Authority Clean Marina just a
quarter-mile off the main channel in Lackey Creek. Ten miles further south is Sinking Creek, home to Fox Road Marina and Concord Marina, both of
which provide full amenities and services.
However. . . The very most amazing "DON'T MISS - MUST SEE" aspect of cruising to Knoxville is that you are now only 40 miles (a 1 hour rental car
drive) from Gatlinburg and the heart of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Both Gatlinburg & Clingmans Dome (the highest Peak in Tennessee
and 2nd highest east of the Mississippi), make this "side trip" worth renting a car and staying a few nights in a motel. Gatlinburg itself is a great place
to visit with more to do than you can possibly see and do in a month much less a long weekend. You will enjoy downtown Gatlinburg at all times during
the day or night. The Smoky Mountains in Fall, is one beautiful sight to behold. Much like the Grand Canyon, everyone should see this place at least
once in their life!
I highly recommend you make this side trip to Knoxville, Gatlinburg, and the Great Smoky Mountains!
|NASHVILLE (side trip on the Cumberland)
Country music put Nashville on the map, but it’s not this northwestern Tennessee city’s only talent. A wide assortment of attractions paint a different
picture of this destination from what you might expect — stately Southern mansions, vibrant shopping and cuisine, exciting outdoor activities, inviting
museums, galleries and performing arts institutions. But, of course, if country music is your thing, УMusic CityФ will not disappoint with its unequaled
venues and events.
You can’t miss Riverfront Park, which connects the Cumberland River with the city’s bustling downtown area. The Nashville waterfront is wrapping up a
decade-long restructure and expansion project, and Riverfront Park reaps the benefits with increased green space, boardwalks, overlooks and plazas.
Already arguably Nashville’s favorite outdoor entertainment venue, Riverfront Park now offers more acreage for festivals, concerts, fireworks and other
special events. In addition, new docking facilities for the General Jackson showboat mean its daytime country music shows and elegant three-course
dinner cruises are here to stay.
Tie up at the Nashville Municipal Dock in the shadow of the Shelby Avenue Bridge, which ties the Coliseum side of the Cumberland River with downtown.
There’s electric and water on the west bank dock; electric only on the east bank. Step off the boat here and the Hard Rock Café is just up Broadway.
About 15 miles downriver, in an old quarry, Rock Harbor Marine offers gas and diesel, electric, water, pump-out, guest restroom and laundry, and a
Visit nearby Nashville Shores, a first-class waterpark with a 310-slip marina, mini golf, boat and Jet Ski rentals, campsites and lake-view cabins. Sounds
like the great place for a vacation from your vacation!
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