Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise – American West

Discover the legendary waterway tracing the route of Lewis and Clark, passing through an ever-shifting landscape. Be amazed as you travel through the high desert, past vineyards and orchards, through the Cascade Mountain Range past snow capped mountains and towering waterfalls as carved stone cliffs line the river. Travel on through lush forests teeming with wildlife and on to the edge of the continent where the river meets the Pacific Ocean. The Columbia River Gorge is an American experience like no other.

The American 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!  Cruise operates in reverse every other week from Clarkston to Portland.  


Ports of call include: Portland, Oregon; Astoria; Kalama; Stevenson; The Dalles.  Visit spectacular sights including Mount St Helens, Hells Canyon, and Multnomah Falls

Cruise Details

Clock9 Days & 8 Nights

Double Occupancy from $5,145 pp/do*

Single Occupancyfrom $6,771 pp

CalendarJuly 5, 2024 | July 12, 2024 | July 20, 2024 | July 27, 2024 | August 3, 2024 | August 10, 2024
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August 17, 2024 | August 24, 2024 | August 31, 2024 | September 7, 2024 | September 14, 2024 | September 21, 2024 | September 28, 2024 | October 5, 2024 | October 12, 2024

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*Per person/double occupancy. Special single rates apply where listed. Excludes port fees.
Itineraries may operate in reverse.

Your Itinerary

    1Portland, OR (Pre-Cruise Hotel)
    Arrive in Portland and settle into your hotel, located right at the ship’s dock for a seamless boarding process. Situated between the waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the area's history is forever entwined with the fortunes of these great rivers.

    2Portland, OR
    Welcome to the City of Roses! Portland's history and culture has forever been entwined with the two rivers that flow around and thru it: the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. If you're planning to arrive early into Portland, talk to our agents about putting together a city tour, crossing many of Portland's beautiful bridges, and even stopping at the International Test Garden featuring over 6800 rose bushes!

    3Astoria, OR
    Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, close to where Lewis & Clark wintered at Fort Clatsop during their Corps of Discovery expedition. Just stepping off the boat you'll have access to the city trolley - a quaint ride along the waterfront that will explain all the highlights of Astoria - and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, examining the history of crossing the bar and the actual ships and artifacts of ships that found the crossing too dangerous. Other options from here: Fort Clatsop Tour & Astoria Experience, or Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment.

    4Kalama/Mount St. Helens, WA
    There is nothing more magnificient or eye-catching than the beautiful Mount St. Helens. She is a local treasure, despite her grumblings and 1980 eruption. Everyone should take this complimentary excursion to Johnston Ridge Observatory. Make sure to watch the film, where you can hear Johnston call out: "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!" His last transmission before perishing in the eruption.

    5The Dalles, OR
    The Dalles, the last stop on the historic Oregon Trail, nestles along the Columbia River with a beautiful view of both Mount Hood and Mount Adams, each towering more than 11,000 feet above your cruise ship. To the pioneers of the 1800s, this rugged terrain was treacherous, but to today's visitors, it is fascinating. Venture ashore on your own to explore the historic downtown, steps from the ship, featuring fascinating museums, intimate cafes, local pubs, and a collection of historic murals which embellish the streetscape. Or enjoy guided excursions to learn about the area’s rich history, view a unique art collection in a magnificent building perched on a bluff above the river, or spend an afternoon with expert sommeliers enjoying the bounty of the fertile Columbia Valley.

    6Cruising the Columbia River Gorge
    Enjoy a day cruising the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

    7Pendleton, OR/Richland, WA
    The Hanford Reach Museum in Richland is an amazing option for your fun today. Or book the Pendleton Signature Tour: underground city tour, BBQ lunch at Hamley's Restaurant, and visits to the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and Pendleton Woolen Mills.

    8Clarkston, WA
    At the border lies Clarkston, WA and Lewiston, ID - I wonder how they got their names? There's so much history and culture to explore here, including the complimentary excursion to the Nez Perce National Historic Park. But the Hells Canyon Jet Boat Signature Tour is always a hit. Be sure to sign up for this one in advance - it fills up!

    9Disembark in Clarkston, WA
    Talk to our agents about travel arrangements, or lengthening your stay with a hotel in Spokane, WA.


Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)$8,145 pp
AAC (Private Balcony)$6,495 pp
AAL (Private Balcony)$6,260 pp
AAG $5,615 pp
AA$5,330 pp
A$5,145 pp
Single (Private Balcony)$7,035

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*Prices may vary due to seasonality

Onboard Experience

The American Cruise Line fleet of ships are the newest and most environmentally friendly small ships in the US. The cruise line prides itself on their hospitable staff, and that you’ll be graciously received no matter which ship you cruise on. The large staterooms with interior entrances ensure you have a relaxed, private area to watch the river from, or visit any of the many onboard lounges. Daily entertainment will be brought onboard, including musicians, historians and naturalists.

Regionally-Inspired Menus

American Cruise Lines uses fresh, local ingredients to show off the culinary glory of the region you’re cruising in. On the Mississippi River, that could mean Andouille Gumbo, a po’boy with red beans and rice, and bourbon pecan pie. In New England, you could find Littleneck clam ceviche on the menu followed by a spiced apple pudding with maple whipped cream. In the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find fresh fish on the menu, including shrimp bisque or Dungeness Crab cake, and a marionberry cheesecake that’ll make your mouth water! Your ship will provide you with a list of all the locally-sourced ingredients when you unpack.

Eagle Society

Once you’ve cruised aboard any American Cruise Line ship, you are an Eagle Society member. It’s free to be a member, but your loyalty to American Cruise Lines is greatly rewarded. You’ll receive Eagle Society luggage tags, and member-only gifts when you board each cruise. After 3 cruises, you’ll receive complimentary premium shore excursions. After 10 cruises, you’ll get a complimentary 11th cruise. There are special Eagle Society cruise dates every year. Plus all Eagle Society member benefits can be used when booking with USA River Cruises, plus you’ll still be eligible for our loyal customer benefits as well.

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Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise – American West

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