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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 The dramatic Mount Hood  The Columbia River  Fort Clatsop. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Statue of Sacagawea at Fort Clatsop. Credit: Marc Cappelletti  Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge  The Palouse River and waterfall. Credit: Jason Hatfield  Pictograph found along the route of Lewis and Clark  Kayakers on the Columbia River. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Credit: Marc Cappelletti

In the Wake of Lewis and Clark

Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers Aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird

7 days from $4,890

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.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I enjoyed our expedition landing craft tour of Palouse Falls. Great small ship. Wonderful food! My 6th Smithsonian trip!

- Gail A.

My perspective on the world was transformed by this expedition.

- Jeffrey A.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

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. 

Highlights Include

  • 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 there. 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. 

I enjoyed our expedition landing craft tour of Palouse Falls. Great small ship. Wonderful food! My 6th Smithsonian trip!

- Gail A.

My perspective on the world was transformed by this expedition.

- Jeffrey A.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Portland, Oregon / Embark

In the late afternoon, embark the ship and cruise the lower part of the Willamette River, passing under the many bridges and through the center of picturesque Portland, before reaching the Columbia River.

Day 2 — Astoria

We begin our journey by navigating the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Fort Clatsop, where the 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 or ride in an 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 we’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

Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along the beautiful river trail. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum with its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures and drawings, extensive collection of Native American baskets, 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, sail 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Clarkston, Washington / Disembark

Transfer through to Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)