Columbia and Snake Rivers

Eight-Day Paddlewheel River Cruise
Departing from Portland, OR or Clarkston, WA
Cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers along the epic route pioneered by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. Join us aboard the paddlewheeler Queen of the West for an 8-day cruise through this rich tapestry of ever changing landscapes, thriving wildlife habitats and diverse wine country.

Queen of the West offers an intimate atmosphere with multiple lounges and cozy staterooms – each with a fantastic view of the river. Enjoy freshly prepared regional cuisine, local wine varietals and the personalized service of American Cruise Lines as we travel from Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA.

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Visit areas like Astoria, Pendleton, and the stunning Columbia River Gorge. Each stop along the way has a unique story embodied in the history and culture of the region.

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Day 1
Portland, OR

Portland Oregon Skyline

Situated between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland has flourished throughout history with the fortunes of the great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed Portland’s busy waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water. Today, big city excitement combined with small town charm makes Portland one of the favorite destinations in the West. Highlights include the Portland Art Museum, the International Rose Test Garden and famous Powell’s Bookstore, filling an entire city block.


Day 2
Astoria, OR

Cannon Beach Astoria Oregon

A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and today showcases more than 70 Victorian-era homes in its unique historic district. In the winter of 1805-06 the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition was headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site was eventually named a National Monument. Get a comprehensive overview of the Corp’s entire expedition at Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.


Day 3
Rainier, OR

Mount St Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory

Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. From Rainier, you will travel to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. At the nearby observatory and interpretive center, look right into the volcanic crater with its steaming dome, and witness firsthand the destructive power and damage caused by its volcanic blast in 1980.


Day 4
Cruising the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia and Snake River

The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. A popular recreational destination, the gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area called the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed by the United States Forest Service. The cliffs of the awe-inspiring gorge look down on quaint riverfront towns and exhilarating windsurfing waters. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge.


Day 5
Stevenson, WA

Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery

In the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the ship will move through transit the Bonneville Lock and Dam to reach the port of Stevenson. At the Bonneville Dam Visitors Center, learn about the workings of the massive turbine generators behind this imposing hydroelectric power source. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center showcases the area's unique cultural and historical diversity, from the Native American tribes that inhabited the Gorge, to Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers.


Day 6
The Dalles, OR

Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, on the south bank, The Dalles is a perfect photographic spot. Discover the area where Lewis & Clark camped at at Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory in 1805-1806.


Day 7
Pendleton, OR / Richland, WA

Pendleton Roundup Cowboy

Journey to Pendleton and get a taste of the real West watching working cowboys at the world-famous Pendleton Roundup and learn about the pioneers from the perspective of the Native Americans at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.


Day 8
Clarkston, WA

Nez Perce National Historic Park

The twin cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington, are known as the Northwest’s most inland seaports. Here, along the Snake River, you’ll find Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. This canyon is known for its pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery. View ancient Indian petroglyphs and magnificent wildlife.



Columbia and Snake River cruises video

Cruise the Columbia River along the legendary path of Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. Experience the majestic beauty of Multnomah Falls, Mount St. Helens volcano and the history of Lewis and Clark's Fort Clatsop in Astoria, OR.

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Apr 26, 2014 7 Columbia and Snake Rivers Portland, OR Queen of the West
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Queen of the West

A veteran of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Queen of the West underwent a major renovation in 2011, with upgrades to passenger staterooms, lounges, galley, and engine room. Meticulous care and attention to detail went into the reconstruction, from the newly designed and custom built furniture, expanded staterooms and addition of more private balconies. Onboard you’ll find an intimate atmosphere with multiple lounges and cozy staterooms, just a smaller than other American Cruise Lines ships. Sharing the ship with just 120 passengers allows for exceptionally camaraderie among passengers, and lets the attentive, personalized service of American Cruise Lines shine brilliantly.
Rate Schedule Per Person A AA AAG AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
7 Nights $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675

Rates subject to change



Special theme cruises offered on the Columbia & Snake Rivers cruise route:


Lewis & Clark Cruises


Columbia & Snake Rivers - April 12th, April 19th, and May 3rd

 


 

Reserve your stateroom on this Lewis & Clark cruise and receive one free night aboard Queen of the West and special savings! For more details, call 1-800-460-4518 now.



Follow the path of intrepid explorers Lewis & Clark on this Columbia & Snake Rivers cruise. Aboard authentic paddlewheeler Queen of the West, see the former encampment sites, rare artifacts, and gorgeous natural settings that these adventurous pioneers saw hundreds of years ago.

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