In the Wake of Lewis & Clark
Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies as you trace the route of Lewis and Clark, exploring one of America's great waterways along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
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Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies while cruising one of America’s great waterways—the Columbia, Snake, and Palouse Rivers. Explore the route of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition, which carved a pathway to the West, and take in landscapes, museums, and historic sites that feature the best of Oregon and Washington.
- History: Reflect on Lewis and Clark’s expedition at Fort Clatsop and visit the Maryhill Museum and other sites.
- Northwest Beauty: Admire varied landscapes, including Mt. Hood and Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge and the wildlife and birds that dwell here. Learn about the geologic causes that created this landscape.
- Active Adventure: Discover natural treasures up close by kayak and expedition landing craft, as well as by hikes and bicycle rides. Plus, take a jet-boat ride into spectacular Hells Canyon.
Day 1 — Portland, Oregon, Embark
Board the ship and cruise to the lower part of the Willamette River, through the center of picturesque Portland, before reaching the Columbia River. (D)
Day 2 — Astoria
We begin our journey by navigating the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Fort Clatsop, where explorers hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806, we walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this Port town. In the afternoon, you can choose to visit Cape Disappointment, ride in expedition landing craft or kayak in the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge, conditions permitting. (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Columbia River Gorge/Hood River
This morning we begin our orientation to the Gorge. You’ll get a fresh perspective on such highlights as Bonneville Lock and Dam, Beacon Rock, and Multnomah Falls. Continue through the Gorge to Hood River, where you’ll enjoy fresh fruit from a family farm and taste award-winning wines at a local vineyard. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — The Dalles/Maryhill Museum, Oregon
Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Walk or take bicycles along the beautiful river trail. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive collection of baskets woven by Native Americans, Rodin sculptures, and other fascinating exhibits. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Exploring the Palouse River, Washington
The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off on our expedition landing craft cruises and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls where cascading waters plunge into the pool below. Afterwards, continue up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Clarkston
At Clarkston, we find ourselves at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. Today, travel by comfortable jet boat up the Snake River into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. Or you may opt to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Clearwater River, visiting several of their actual campsites. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Clarkston, Washington, Disembark
Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home. (B)