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Portland to Clarkston

Portland to Clarkston

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Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights

Coverage: Portland to Clarkston

From: $2,999

Season: April - November

Activities: Birding, Culinary, History

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American Queen Steamboat Company

Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than here in the pristine Pacific Northwest, a captivating corner of America which displays an abundance of awe-inspiring, natural beauty that will leave you breathless. Our voyages on the Columbia and Snake Rivers are specifically tailored to maximize daytime river cruising for optimal viewing of spectacular scenery and iconic highlights such as the Columbia River Gorge. As you cruise past the fertile fields, impressive mountains and vertical canyons, you will bear witness to the precious land just as it appeared to Lewis and Clark in 1805 – majestic and unimaginably glorious.

Sacajawea, Lewis and Clark’s faithful Native American guide, knew how to read these lands and soon you will also, thanks to the legacy of the expedition that opened the West to settlement. As you relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers, you are treated to the very same natural wonders. Columbia Gorge cuts through the Cascade Mountains thanks to the Missoula Floods of the last Ice Age. At Multnomah Falls, snowmelt streams plunge over 600 feet in two tiered cascades down a sheer cliff face. Deeper than the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon is a dramatic crack in the earth with raging waters best explored on an exciting jet boat ride. Near Portland, understand the raw power of nature in the collapsed volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens. Along the Columbia River, fish ladders help salmon swim upstream while bison, deer and elk graze freely.

With the American Empress serving as a floating boutique hotel for your journey, travel into the heart of Washington’s wine country where many acclaimed wineries of the Pacific Northwest have made their mark among wine connoisseurs. Take time to explore the Red Mountain region and sample some of the finest vintages in the midst of breathtaking scenery. Whether you choose to take in the scenery from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge nestled among the pines or climb the Astoria Column to view the expansive Pacific, a voyage on the Columbia and Snake Rivers will show you the world from a new perspective.

This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the beauty and bounty 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 the Red Mountain region. 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.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Hotel Stay - Vancouver, WA

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Vancouver, Washington.

Day 2 - Embark - Vancouver, WA

Explore Vancouver at your leisure or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion in Portland, Oregon with afternoon transfer to the American Empress.

Day 3 - Astoria OR

Astoria is known to be the oldest American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. For thousands of years, Clatsop Indians inhabited the lands that are now known as Astoria. In 1805, Lewis and Clark led their expedition through the town and spent the winter at Fort Clatsop. In 1813, a British warship sailed into the Columbia River, gaining possession of the city and holding control until 1818, when they finally agreed to a joint occupation of the land. The British did not fully leave Astoria until 1846. There is no doubting the rich history has deep roots grounded in this Columbia River town. When the history combines with the scenery, the harmony will surely bring you back for more!

Day 4 - The Dalles, OR

Known as the end of the Oregon Trail, The Dalles has long been a destination point for pioneers and adventurers alike. Located on the south bank of the Columbia River between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, the city's rich history dates back thousands of years to the Native American trading which took place right on the banks of the river. Explore the history that weaves through the town at every stop, discover the art that lines each of the streets, and taste the culinary expertise at some of the town’s most popular cuisine restaurants!

Day 5 - Stevenson, WA

On the banks of the scenic Columbia River, the city of Stevenson is your launch pad to the Washington side of the Gorge. A stroll along the Rock Cove pathway or the Columbia River waterfront is a great way to take in surroundings. Downtown Stevenson is home to unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Stevenson is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Explore the eastern entrance to Mount St. Helens or the spectacular Lewis River Valley.

Day 6 - Tri-Cities (Richland), WA

Richland is located at the confluence of the Yakima and the Columbia Rivers. The town has become an important hub for produce and local food and products. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of tis stunning and unique river-town. Spend the day exploring the many attractions and shops that line the streets of the city. Richland is weaved with history and filled with a culture that is unlike other northwest cities. Experience a place that thrives on the community and utilizes the support from each other to sustain a strong, intertwined city.

Day 7 - Tri-Cities (Richland), WA

Home to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's first national monument, Richland is a city dedicated to preserving its unique history, culture and landscape. At the Hanford Reach National Monument you will witness a diverse landscape of sweeping vistas and towering bluffs, blended with an abundance of wildlife. Although being dismantled, remnants of WWII and the Cold War such as plutonium reactors can still be seen dotted along the river.

Day 8 - Clarkston, WA

Nestled at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America's deepest gorge, Hells Canyon. The picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates, and a deep history make this scenic inland port a more-than-desirable stop! Spend the day following the footsteps of the historic Lewis and Clark journey – where the city received its name. This incredible city is filled with artifacts and stories that depict the journeys of famous explorers. Clarkston has the ideal climate for visitors to enjoy countless activities including fishing, scenic walks along the trails, shopping, and exploring.

Day 9 - Disembark - Clarkston, WA

Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest experience or consider extending your stay in Spokane with our three day, two night Naturally Nice City Stay package.

Note: On reverse itineraries, your first night will include a luxury hotel stay in Spokane, WA. Day 2, you will embark on your cruise, following the itinerary above in reverse (minus the pre-cruise hotel stay listed).

Dates & Rates

Dates Departure Location Ships E D C B A LS CS
May 21, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,299 $3,499 $3,999 $5,049 $5,599 $5,699 $7,599
May 28, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,299 $3,499 $3,999 $5,049 $5,599 $5,699 $7,599
Jun 4, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Jun 11, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Jun 18, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Jun 25, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Jul 2, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Jul 9, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Jul 16, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Jul 23, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Jul 30, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Aug 6, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Aug 13, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Aug 27, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Sep 3, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Sep 10, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Sep 17, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Sep 24, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,499 $3,699 $4,199 $5,299 $5,899 $5,999 $7,999
Oct 1, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,299 $3,499 $3,999 $5,049 $5,599 $5,699 $7,599
Oct 8, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,299 $3,499 $3,999 $5,049 $5,599 $5,699 $7,599
Oct 15, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $3,299 $3,499 $3,999 $5,049 $5,599 $5,699 $7,599
Oct 22, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $3,299 $3,499 $3,999 $5,049 $5,599 $5,699 $7,599
Oct 29, 2017 Portland to Clarkston American Empress $2,999 $3,199 $3,569 $4,499 $4,999 $5,099 $6,799
Nov 5, 2017 Clarkston to Portland American Empress $2,999 $3,199 $3,569 $4,499 $4,999 $5,099 $6,799
Nov 12, 2017 Round Trip Vancouver American Empress $2,699 $2,799 $3,149 $3,999 $4,399 $4,499 $5,999
Nov 19, 2017 Round Trip Vancouver American Empress $2,699 $2,799 $3,149 $3,999 $4,399 $4,499 $5,999

*Reverse Itinerary

Map

Portland to Clarkston

Ships

American Empress

American EmpressThe U.S.-flagged riverboat, the American Empress continues the tradition of the American Queen as an ambassador to the Pacific Northwest, a region equally rich in American and natural history. She delivers riverboat opulence on a grand scale. View ship details...

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