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Retrace the Pacific Northwest portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic 19th-century expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion. 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.
Follow the path of Lewis and Clark's expedition through what are today the states of Washington and Oregon.
Cruise through the towering canyons of the Columbia River Gorge, and explore the coastline by kayak or expedition landing craft.
Hike or bike along breathtaking vistas, and take an exhilarating jet boat ride
up the Snake River to Hellâs Canyon.
Enjoy locally sourced, sustainable cuisine and nightly beer and wine tastings on board. Also visit a winery for a tasting and tour.
Learn about the history of the Nez Perce and other Native American tribes of the area.
Itinerary - 7 Days
Day 1 — Portland, Oregon
After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of the Willamette River through downtown Portland, nicknamed Rose City for its many rose gardens. (D)
Day 2 — Astoria, Oregon
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). (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Columbia River Gorge and Hood River
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 sample 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — The Dalles
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. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Palouse River
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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Clarkston, Washington
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. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Clarkston
Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho, or Spokane, Washington for your flight home. (B)
Book by December 31, 2016 and receive a $500 air credit on the October 13, 2017 departure. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.
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.
National Geographic staff photographer Becky Hale studied creative writing and photography at Wheaton College. Her studio work includes portraiture and still photography illustrating complex scientific and cultural stories. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Fieldwork has taken her on assignment to Istanbul, Rome, and Cairo. She’s shot aerials of the whooping crane migration from an ultralight aircraft for the NatGeo Wild channel, documented the National Geographic World Championship Geography Bee in St. Petersburg, Russia, and covered the launch of the National Geographic expedition ship Endeavour in Chile. In her life beyond National Geographic, Becky is the mother of two small redheads who try their best to evade her camera.