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9 Days | Portland to Clarkston


“OCIAN IN VIEW! O! THE JOY!” — These are the original words, and spelling of “ocean,” William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for forgetting his spelling lessons in all the excitement. Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Portland near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston. If you’re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Experience Excursion to the Walla Walla Wine Trail or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

Day 1 | Portland, Oregon. Hotel stay. We will reserve a room for you at a deluxe hotel in Portland. Tomorrow, you will board the Steamboat American Empress to begin your voyage.

Day 2 | Portland. Embark. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Portland. This afternoon, you will board the American Empress to begin your voyage. As your steamboat leaves Portland, envision the adventures that lie ahead. The Welcome Aboard Dinner gets your journey off to a festive start.

Day 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | 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 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | Clarkston, Washington. 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.

Day 9 | Clarkston. Disembark. After breakfast, bid your fellow travelers adieu as you begin your journey homeward.

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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