Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise

Eight-Day Paddlewheel River Cruise
Departing from Portland, OR or Clarkston, WA
Cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers along the epic route pioneered by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. Join us aboard the paddlewheeler Queen of the West for an 8-day cruise through this rich tapestry of ever changing landscapes, thriving wildlife habitats and diverse wine country.

Queen of the West offers an intimate atmosphere with multiple lounges and cozy staterooms – each with a fantastic view of the river. Enjoy freshly prepared regional cuisine, local wine varietals and the personalized service of American Cruise Lines as we travel from Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA.

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Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise Map   

Visit areas like Astoria, Pendleton, and the stunning Columbia River Gorge. Each stop along the way has a unique story embodied in the history and culture of the region.

To see more about this majestic Pacific Northwest voyage, click the blue Day by Day tab above.

 

Day 1
Portland, OR

Portland Oregon Skyline

Situated between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland has flourished throughout history with the fortunes of the great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed Portland’s busy waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water. Today, big city excitement combined with small town charm makes Portland one of the favorite destinations in the West. Highlights include the Portland Art Museum, the International Rose Test Garden and famous Powell’s Bookstore, filling an entire city block.


Day 2
Astoria, OR

Cannon Beach Astoria Oregon

A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and today showcases more than 70 Victorian-era homes in its unique historic district. In the winter of 1805-06 the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition was headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site and was eventually named a National Monument. Get a comprehensive overview of the Corp’s entire expedition at Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.


Day 3
Rainier, OR

Mount St Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory

Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. From Rainier, you will travel to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. At the nearby observatory and interpretive center, look right into the volcanic crater with its steaming dome, and witness firsthand the destructive power and damage caused by its volcanic blast in 1980.


Day 4
Cruising the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia and Snake River

The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. A popular recreational destination, the gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area called the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed by the United States Forest Service. The cliffs of the awe-inspiring gorge look down on quaint riverfront towns and exhilarating windsurfing waters. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge.


Day 5
Stevenson, WA

Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery

In the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the ship will move through and transit the Bonneville Lock and Dam to reach the port of Stevenson. At the Bonneville Dam Visitors Center, learn about the workings of the massive turbine generators behind this imposing hydroelectric power source. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center showcases the area's unique cultural and historical diversity, from the Native American tribes that inhabited the Gorge, to Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers.


Day 6
The Dalles, OR

Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, on the south bank, The Dalles is a perfect photographic spot. Discover the area where Lewis & Clark camped at Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory in 1805-1806.


Day 7
Pendleton, OR / Richland, WA

The Reach Museum
In Richland, WA you’ll enjoy a guided shore excursion to The Reach Museum. Looking through the lens of The Hanford Reach National Monument and the Columbia River, this museum tells the rich and fascinating stories of the culture and history of the region through engaging exhibits, artifacts and tours. Featuring over 14,000 square feet of exhibits, The Reach presents the entire history of Eastern Washington and also claims the only complete baby wooly mammoth skeleton on display. 

 


Day 8
Clarkston, WA

Nez Perce National Historic Park

The twin cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington, are known as the Northwest’s most inland seaports. Here, along the Snake River, you’ll find Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. This canyon is known for its pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery. View ancient Indian petroglyphs and magnificent wildlife.



Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise video

Cruise the Columbia River along the legendary path of Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. Experience the majestic beauty of Multnomah Falls, Mount St. Helens volcano and the history of Lewis and Clark's Fort Clatsop in Astoria, OR.

Date # of Nights Cruise Departure Location Ship
Jul 11, 2015 7 Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise Clarkston, WA Queen of the West
Jul 18, 2015 7 Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise Portland, OR Queen of the West
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Nov 5, 2016 7 Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise Portland, OR Queen of the West

Queen of the West

A veteran of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Queen of the West underwent a major renovation in 2011, with upgrades to passenger staterooms, lounges, galley, and engine room. Meticulous care and attention to detail went into the reconstruction, from the newly designed and custom built furniture, expanded staterooms and addition of more private balconies. Onboard you’ll find an intimate atmosphere with multiple lounges and cozy staterooms, just a little smaller than other American Cruise Lines ships. Sharing the ship with just 120 passengers allows for exceptional camaraderie among passengers, and lets the attentive, personalized service of American Cruise Lines shine brilliantly.  
Rate Schedule Per Person A AA AAG AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
7 Nights $3,975 $4,495 $4,710 $4,810 $5,325 $6,870 $5,365 $4,885

Rates subject to change


Lewis & Clark Cruises


October 31, 2015 and March 26, April 2, and May 14, 2016


   

Our cruises include a historic and compelling retracing of the epic journey traveled by Lewis and Clark in the early 1800’s. Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers on the beautiful Queen of the West, this unique cruise offers you the chance to see what these intrepid pioneers witnessed including gorgeous natural settings, recreated encampments and rare historical artifacts.

 
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Columbia River Wine Cruises


October 1, 2016



Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Columbia River while learning about and enjoying the many wine varietals native to the region. This featured cruise is a must for any wine lover and will thoroughly cover what makes the region so unique when it comes to grape growing. From the changing landscape that features mountain ranges, deserts and forests to the trailblazing spirit of the locals who produce the wide variety of wines, this cruise provides wine tasting, vineyard tours and a number of shore excursions guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

     

Wine and Cheese Platter