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Columbia River Cruise – Queen of the West

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Trip Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $3,410 pp/do*

Single Price: $4,980 pp

Sale: Save up to $1200 Off Per Stateroom on Select 2017 Departures!!
Book by: 08/19/2017

2017 Dates: Sept 9, 16; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26

2018 Dates: Apr 22, 29; May 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 10, 17, 24, 30

Ships: The Queen of the West

Notes: Port Fees $250 pp.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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The Queen of the West is a veteran of the Columbia River and one of the finest paddle wheelers in the US! She has seen some major renovations in the past few years to her lounges, galley, engine room, & staterooms, to make her as enjoyable as ever!

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Day 1
Portland, OR

Portland Oregon SkylineSituated 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 OregonA 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 and 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 ObservatoryCruise 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 RiverThe 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 HatcheryIn the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the ship will move through and 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 Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory in 1805-1806.

Day 7
Pendleton, OR / Richland, WA

In Richland, WA you’ll enjoy a guided shore excursion to The Reach Museum. Looking through the lens of The Hanford Reach National Monument and the Columbia River, this museum tells the rich and fascinating stories of the culture and history of the region through engaging exhibits, artifacts and tours. Featuring over 14,000 square feet of exhibits, The Reach presents the entire history of Eastern Washington and also claims the only complete baby wooly mammoth skeleton on display.

Day 8
Clarkston, WA

Nez Perce National Historic ParkThe 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.

 

Photo Credit: American Cruise Lines