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Columbia & Snake Rivers

Columbia & Snake Rivers

Cruise Highlights:

  • Follow Lewis & Clark’s famed expedition
  • Experience deep river canyons, lush forested slopes and sparkling waterfalls to majestic snow capped volcanic mountains and the remote high desert country

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA

From: $3,750

Season: March - November

Activities: History

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American Cruise Lines

Let American Cruise Lines introduce you to the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest and its fascinating sagas of fur traders, early explorers, pioneers, proud Native American nations, and Lewis & Clark’s significant expedition – all aboard an authentically replicated paddlewheeler, Queen of the West.

The Columbia River flows through a rich tapestry of ever-changing landscapes, thriving wildlife habitats, and fascinating human endeavors. With Washington State to the north and Oregon to the south, the landscape reflects the massive geological forces that have been active for millions of years. With deep river canyons, lush forested slopes and sparkling waterfalls to majestic snow capped volcanic mountains and the remote high desert country, this is a place like no other.

Following Lewis & Clark’s famed expedition, Oregon fever swept the land. Communities sprang up to fish, harvest and log nature’s bounty. A growing maritime economy and the power needs of a growing population initiated the construction of massive dams and locks. Along the course of the river you will traverse seven sets of locks, bringing the ship to over 700 feet above sea level.

From Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, to the dramatic scenery of Hells Canyon on the Snake River, this journey allows you to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark’s monumental expedition while discovering the natural wonder, native lore, pristine wilderness, and rich history along this epic course.

I had a wonderful, relaxing vacation! I will have great memories for a long time to come.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Portland, OR

Arrive early to visit the beautiful city of Portland. 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, make Portland one of the favorite destinations in the West. Highlights include the Portland Art Museum, International Rose Test Garden and the famous Powell’s Bookstore, filling an entire city block.

Day 2 - Astoria, OR*

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 headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site, following Clark’s own sketches, and was eventually named a National Monument. At Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, get a comprehensive overview of the Corp’s entire expedition.

Day 3 - Rainier, OR

Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. From Rainier, 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 first hand the destructive power and damage caused by this volcanic blast in 1980.

Day 4 - Cruising the Columbia River Gorge

Eighty miles long and up to four thousand feet deep, 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

In the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range, the ship will 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 - Pendleton, OR

Journey to Pendleton and get a taste of the real west watching working cowboys at the world-famous Pendleton Roundup and learn of the coming of the pioneers from the perspective of the Native Americans at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.

Day 7 - River Cruising

Day 8 - Clarkston, WA

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. The canyon is known for its pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery. View ancient Indian petroglyphs and magnificent wildlife.

Dates & Rates

Queen of the West Categories
2015 A AA AAG AAL* AAC* Owner
Single w/Balcony Single
March 28 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675
April 4, 11, 18, 25 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675
June 6, 13, 20, 27 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675
July 4, 11, 18, 25 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675
September 5, 12, 19, 26 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675
November 7 $3,860 $4,300 $4,505 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135 $4,675

*Private Balcony
All rates are shown in US dollars, per person, double occupancy. Itineraries, rates, and ships are subject to change without notice. A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to confirm any reservation on trips of 9 nights or less, and $900.00 per person on trips of 10 nights or more.
Single Occupancy: One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 150% or 175% of the double occupancy depending on the type of stateroom occupied.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • Cruise and accommodations aboard ship.
  • Meals and snacks onboard ship
  • Complimentary cocktail parties
  • All entertainment.

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Shore tours.
  • Port charges and/or fees
  • Gratituities
  • Fuel charges (if applied to future cruises)


Columbia & Snake Rivers


Queen of the West

Queen of the WestThe 230-foot Queen of the West is propelled by a three-story-high churning paddlewheel. But unlike earlier paddlewheelers, the Queen of the West doesn’t rely on a steam engine. Instead, it is powered by a revolutionary hydraulic propulsion system that uses environmentally safe biodegradable hydraulic oil. The 45-foot-long bow ramp allows passengers to go ashore anywhere along the river, much as the 19th-century vessels did. Launched in 1995, the Queen of the West is the first overnight passenger sternwheeler to be built and operated in the West in 80 years. View ship details...