Retrace the Pacific Northwest portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic 19th-century expedition. Cruise through the lush landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge, the mountains of the Cascade Range, and the historical lands of the Native American tribes the peripatetic duo encountered. Dine on locally-sourced cuisine, and sample the region’s famed wines and microbrews.
After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of the Willamette River through downtown Portland, nicknamed Rose City for its many rose gardens.
Sail to the mouth of the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon. At Fort Clatsop, walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806 before their return journey to St. Louis. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town. In the afternoon, choose between a visit to Cape Disappointment (the headland where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean), or the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge by Zodiac or kayak (weather permitting).
Sail east on the Columbia River, which forms the border between Washington and Oregon. Deepening canyons signify the beginning of the 100-mile stretch called the Columbia River Gorge. Begin exploration of the Gorge with visits to Bonneville Lock and Dam and Beacon Rock. Hike within sight of one of the Gorge’s myriad waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, one of the highest in the U.S. The ship continues on to Hood River, where you’ll tour a family farm and samle local fruit with spectacular views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams as a backdrop. End the day with a tour of a local vineyard and a tasting of their award-winning wines.
Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or bike among the cliffs and cascades along Highway 30, one of the original east-west, coast-to-coast U.S. highways. In the afternoon, visit the Maryhill Museum of Art with its eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures, and chess sets.
This tributary of the Snake River empties out from a remote, narrow canyon and its calm waters are ideal for exploring with the ship’s Zodiacs and kayaks. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge into pools below. Afterward, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties.
Near the Idaho border, Clarkston, Washington, is at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. Guests can opt for a jet boat ride up the Snake River over rapids and past abandoned homesteads and gold mines to Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America.
Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho, or Spokane, Washington for your flight home.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs
Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs is the author of The Lewis and Clark Companion and Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off, along with numerous articles and books on western history. The daughter of late historian and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Stephen Ambrose, author of Undaunted Courage—the renowned chronicle of the Lewis and Clark Expedition—Stephenie literally grew up on the Lewis and Clark Trail. President of the newly formed Lewis and Clark Trust, her passion for conservation and resource preservation has also sparked her ongoing involvement in the American Prairie Reserve and the Montana Preservation Alliance. During the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (2003-2006), she travelled the entire trail speaking about the experiences and the legacy of the Corps of Discovery.
Stephenie will join the following departure:
Sep 23 - 29, 2014
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
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REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.
Add a Pre- or Post-Voyage One-Day Extension: Portland, Oregon City Tour and/or Willamette Valley Wine Tour. Please call for details.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2014, add $2,250 for Category 1 and $2,630 for Category 2.
Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the expedition cost.
Third person rates are available in a limited number of Category 3 cabins at one half the double occupancy rate.