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American Empress Westbound, Clarkston to Portland

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Trip Length: 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Prices from: $2,999 pp/do*

Single Price: $5,099 pp

Sale: Save up to $600 Off Per Stateroom on Select 2018 Departures!!
Book by: 12/31/2017

2017 Dates: Apr 9, 23; May 7, 21; Jun 4, 18; Jul 2, 16, 30; Aug 13, 27; Sept 10, 24; Oct 8, 22; Nov 5

2018 Dates: Apr 8, 22; May 6, 20; Jun 3, 17; Jul 1, 15, 29; Aug 12, 26; Sept 9, 23; Oct 7, 21; Nov 4

Ships: American Empress

*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country of Walla Walla. You will experience both climates on this voyage sailing west via the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the only break in the Cascades between British Columbia and Southern Oregon. At each port, you can embrace the culture and history of this region on an included shore excursion, such as a guided tour of Nez Perce National Historical Park to learn about the Native American tribe that assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition and that still inhabits a reservation near Lewiston.


  • The largest and most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest
  • Complimentary shore excursions in every port
  • Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Empress
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Regional pacific northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with a contemporary flair
  • Gracious service from a friendly, All-American staff
  • Country club-casual ambiance, no formal wear required
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert
  • All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes 24 hours a day
  • Our own dedicated fleet of luxury coaches
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Day 1: Hotel Stay – Spokane, WA

Your journey begins with a luxury hotel stay in Spokane, WA.

Day 2: Clarkston, WA

Enjoy complimentary breakfast at your hotel in Spokane before boarding our motorcoach for your free transfer to Clarkston, WA. Explore Clarkston at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Excursion. You will board the American Empress this afternoon, settle into your spacious stateroom and get to know your new home.


Day 3: Clarkston, WA

Nez Perce National Historic Park tells the story of the Nez Perce Native American tribe who assisted Lewis and Clark and still reside in the area today, or uncover the past from one-room schoolhouses to ice harvesting at the Clarkston Heritage Museum.


Day 4: River Cruising, WA

Enjoy a day of scenic Snake River cruising. Picturesque canyon walls and crevasses will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. Wildlife of many varieties can be spotted in the area, from bighorn sheep to gray wolves to bald eagles.


Day 5: Sacajawea State Park, WA

In 1805, Lewis and Clark and their Indian guide Sacajawea camped here, an event immortalized at Sacajawea State Park. Venture into the County Mercantile Store, part of a working farm with agricultural demonstrations.

The Dalles

Day 6: The Dalles, OR

Welcome to the end of the Oregon Trail. Shoppers will adore the boutiques and oenophiles will enjoy Sunshine Mills Winery, inventors of Copa Di Vino or “wine by the glass.” The Fort Dalles Museum and the Original Courthouse Museum put early pioneer life on display.


Day 7: Stevenson, WA

Nature’s power and beauty surround Stevenson and you can learn about the geological forces that shaped this area at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. A tour of the Bonneville Dam will reveal the unique challenges of building this power plant with a minimal impact to wildlife – the answer is fish ladders.


Day 8: Astoria, OR

Stroll along the shops and cafes lining the Riverwalk, visit the George Flavel House for a peek at the 19th-century life of a millionaire, discover the Native American culture of Clatsop County at the Heritage Museum or enjoy the views from the top of the Astoria Column more than 600 feet above the water.


Day 9: Disembark in Portland, OR

Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest Experience.

Photo Credit: American Queen Steamboat Company