Photo Credit: The Delta Queen
 

The Delta Queen is a historic steamboat converted into a hotel docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The steamboat used to cruise along the Mississippi River. While you can't cruise down the river on this unique boat, you can check into one of the historic rooms aboard the steamboat.

A National Historic Landmark, the Delta Queen 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 Delta Queen's lounges come complete with rich woodwork, rystal 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 Mississippi River present a magnificent display of colors. Each cruise had a naturalist on hand to guide vacationers in identifying various plants and trees along the Mississippi River. 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 vacation to the Delta Queen Hotel, 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 Delta Queen Hotel are the two Captain's Quarters cabins featuring a King-sized bed and brass bathroom fixtures. Room rates range from $109 for a bunk cabin to $259 for Captain's Quarters.