Sleep in a Historic Steamboat in Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Delta Queen is a historic steamboat converted into a hotel docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A National Historic Landmark, the steamboat used to cruise on the Mississippi River from 1947 to 2009. The staterooms feature wood-paneling, air-conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, private bath and classical furnishings. The lounges come complete with rich woodwork, crystal chandeliers and antique furnishings.
Vacationers used to be able to take fall foliage cruises on the Mississippi River from mid-September through the end of October, when the banks of the river present a magnificent display of colors. Each ship had a naturalist on hand to guide travelers in identifying various plants and trees along the way. Bird watchers could observe migratory birds heading south for the winter. Apple cider and pumpkin pie made from ingredients harvested in Heartland America were served on the boat. These cruises may become available again in the future.
If you are planning a family trip, there are games to choose from onboard, including Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, UNO, Risk, Jenga, Life and Pictionary. Visit the authentic steam-powered Engine Room, take a tour of the Pilot House and participate in morning talks.
Nearby things to do include museums, boutiques and restaurants in Chattanooga.
The most unique rooms to book at the hotel are the two Captain's Quarters cabins featuring a King-sized bed and brass bathroom fixtures. Rates range from $109 for a bunk cabin to $259 for Captain's Quarters.