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9 Days | Clarkston to Portland


WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST — This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well has the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country in 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, like a guided tour of Nez Perce National Historical Park to learn about the Native American tribe that assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition and still inhabits a reservation near Lewiston.

Day 1 | Clarkston, Washington. Hotel stay. Outside of Clarkston, the 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. Also, take a little time to uncover the past from one-room schoolhouses to ice harvesting at the Clarkston Heritage Museum.

We will reserve a room for you at a deluxe hotel in Clarkston. Tomorrow, you will board the steamboat American Empress to begin your voyage.

Day 2 | Clarkston. Embark. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Clarkston. This afternoon, you will board the American Empress to begin your voyage. Overnight in Clarkston aboard ship.

Day 3 | Clarkston. As your steamboat leaves Clarkston, envision the adventures that lie ahead. The Welcome Aboard Dinner gets your journey off to a festive start.

Day 4 | Steamboating. Settle into a rocking chair and just let the scenery glide by. Or join in the fun of our numerous onboard activities. Your full day of leisurely steamboating on the river sets the tone for an unforgettable vacation.

Day 5 | Sacajawea State Park, Washington. 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.

Day 6 | The Dalles, Oregon. 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, Washington. 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 the fish ladders.

Day 8 | Astoria, Oregon. Stroll along the shops and cafes of 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 | Portland, Oregon. Disembark. After breakfast, bid your fellow travelers adieu as you begin your journey homeward, or continue your trip with a stay in Portland.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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