Spokane to Portland - 9 Days

Spokane to Portland Cruise Summary

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 of 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, who still inhabit a reservation near Lewiston.

 

Highlights

  • Chance to explore the rugged beauty of North America’s deepest gorge, Hell’s Canyon, aboard a guided jet boat or raft
  • The historic Astoria Column, overlooking the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay in Spokane

 

 

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Day 1: Clarkston (Spokane) Washington

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Representatives from American Queen Voyages and our local port/city partner will be available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximise your time here.

 

Day 2: Clarkston (Spokane) Washington

The spirit of adventure, picturesque vistas, year-round mild temperatures and a deep history make this scenic inland port a desirable stop to learn the rich cultural heritage of the region and its first people, the legendary Nimiipuu. Clarkston also offers something for American Queen Voyage guests who appreciate being closer to the water’s edge. Here you can explore the rugged beauty of nearby Hells Canyon – North America’s deepest gorge – aboard a guided jet boat or rafting charter. Washington State wines are renowned as some of the most captivating and irresistible wines in the world. From Clarkston discover the Lewis-Clark Valley wine region, home to the award-winning Basalt Cellars Winery and Parejas Cellars. This small port offers more than a few adventures, and delicious wines, to fall in love with.

Included Shore Excursions

Nez Perce National Historical Park
The park was established in 1965 to tell the story of the Nez Perce people. Capturing the history and culture of the Nez Perce, it is spread over four states. Discover how the people adapted and thrived allowing them to continue to prosper today. The park commemorates the admirable contributions the Nez Perce have made to preserve the sites, artefacts, and stories. Learn the full story and the role they played in shaping the future generations in culture and tradition. Explore the park’s many collections and the research centre to hear more about this interesting and innovative group of people.

 

First Territorial Capitol Interpretive Center
In 2007, community volunteers constructed this reproduction of Idaho Territory’s first capital. e 1863 building was replicated from historical photos and houses a collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. As you explore the interpretive centre, local historians will interpret Idaho’s colourful past. Walk through and learn the history of the town and learn the legacies of the people who have lived here.

Bridablik/Schroeder House
In 1906, local architect James Arnot, who also designed buildings on Lewiston’s Main Street, drew the plans for this $6,000 Tudoresque home. Kjos, an early merchant, named his home “Bridablik,” which loosely translates from Norwegian as “the house up high with a broad view.” In 1910 Mr. Kjos moved to Spokane, Washington, and sold this house to E.A. White. White made many upgrades to the home, including the addition of five bathrooms, a sleeping porch on the second story, and upgrading the house from coal to gas in 1924. The home was sold three more times until Larry and Kathy Schroeder purchased the home in 2006. They have fully restored the home and were awarded two City of Lewiston Historic Preservation Orchid Awards for their work.

Nez Perce Historical Society and Museum
Preserves 150 years of the county’s rich history through a historical campus that includes museum exhibits, a historic photograph collection, archives, a research library, and a beautiful historic house. Some of the incredible exhibits include, The Meeting of Two Cultures, about Lewis & Clark and the Nez Perce people; Spirit and Victory on the Homefront, that shares the Nez Perce County experience during the World Wars; and Rivers Run Through It, describing life and recreation on local rivers. The museum store has local and regional history books, souvenirs, and handmade artisan items available for purchase. After exploring the main museum, visitors are encouraged to tour the 1897 Heritage House, which illustrates an early Lewiston residence and life in a developing Western town in the early 1900s. The museum stands at the former site of Lewiston’s first permanent building, the Luna House. The Luna House served as a hotel, stage stop, and county courthouse and jail. The hotel was torn down in 1890. The current Art Deco style building was constructed in 1937 by the Works Progress administration as an office building and was converted into the Luna House Museum in the 1970s. Later, the Historical Society changed its name to better identify itself as the institution that is preserving Nez Perce County history.

Premium Shore Excursions
Hells Canyon Scenic Jet Boat Experience

Join us for an exclusive American Empress nature adventure into Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge. Feel your excitement rise as you step aboard these covered, comfortable jet boats approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Sit back on this exhilarating ride as we venture through the narrowest sections of Hells Canyon along the Snake River. Soak in the overwhelmingly beautiful mountains lining the banks of the Snake River. Often, Big Horn sheep, deer, and other native wildlife meander along the canyon and river banks. Hear about Hells Canyon in detail, including the detailed history and geology of this natural wonder of the world.

As an extra bonus, guests will enjoy a stop at the Idaho Garden Creek Ranch, owned by the Nature Conservancy in Hells Canyon, to stretch your legs and enjoy a snack and refreshments. The Idaho Garden Creek Preserve, once a working cattle ranch, is now a facility welcoming its visitors to explore and enjoy this section of the Gorge. Stroll through the orchard where deer and turkey make their home. Snack on seasonal fresh fruit or just simply sit back and take in the awe-inspiring beauty of nature’s landscape that surrounds you.

Note: Jet boats are generally enclosed and contain onboard bathroom facilities. All boats are inspected by the United States Coast Guard and are driven by licensed captains. This is a scenic jet boat experience and does not include white water rapids.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 4.75 hours

 

Day 3: Clarkston (Spokane) Washington

The spirit of adventure, picturesque vistas, year-round mild temperatures and a deep history make this scenic inland port a desirable stop to learn the rich cultural heritage of the region and its first people, the legendary Nimiipuu. Clarkston also offers something for American Queen Voyage guests who appreciate being closer to the water’s edge. Here you can explore the rugged beauty of nearby Hells Canyon – North America’s deepest gorge – aboard a guided jet boat or rafting charter. Washington State wines are renowned as some of the most captivating and irresistible wines in the world. From Clarkston discover the Lewis-Clark Valley wine region, home to the award-winning Basalt Cellars Winery and Parejas Cellars. This small port offers more than a few adventures, and delicious wines, to fall in love with.

Included Shore Excursions

Nez Perce National Historical Park
The park was established in 1965 to tell the story of the Nez Perce people. Capturing the history and culture of the Nez Perce, it is spread over four states. Discover how the people adapted and thrived allowing them to continue to prosper today. The park commemorates the admirable contributions the Nez Perce have made to preserve the sites, artifacts, and stories. Learn the full story and the role they played in shaping the future generations in culture and tradition. Explore the park’s many collections and the research center to hear more about this interesting and innovative group of people.

 

First Territorial Capitol Interpretive Center
In 2007, community volunteers constructed this reproduction of Idaho Territory’s first capital. e 1863 building was replicated from historical photos and houses a collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. As you explore the interpretive center, local historians will interpret Idaho’s colorful past. Walk through and learn the history of the town and learn the legacies of the people who have lived here.

Bridablik/Schroeder House
In 1906, local architect James Arnot, who also designed buildings on Lewiston’s Main Street, drew the plans for this $6,000 Tudoresque home. Kjos, an early merchant, named his home “Bridablik,” which loosely translates from Norwegian as “the house up high with a broad view.” In 1910 Mr. Kjos moved to Spokane, Washington, and sold this house to E.A. White. White made many upgrades to the home, including the addition of five bathrooms, a sleeping porch on the second story, and upgrading the house from coal to gas in 1924. The home was sold three more times until Larry and Kathy Schroeder purchased the home in 2006. They have fully restored the home and were awarded two City of Lewiston Historic Preservation Orchid Awards for their work.

Nez Perce Historical Society and Museum
Preserves 150 years of the county’s rich history through a historical campus that includes museum exhibits, a historic photograph collection, archives, a research library, and a beautiful historic house. Some of the incredible exhibits include, The Meeting of Two Cultures, about Lewis & Clark and the Nez Perce people; Spirit and Victory on the Homefront, that shares the Nez Perce County experience during the World Wars; and Rivers Run Through It, describing life and recreation on local rivers. The museum store has local and regional history books, souvenirs, and handmade artisan items available for purchase. After exploring the main museum, visitors are encouraged to tour the 1897 Heritage House, which illustrates an early Lewiston residence and life in a developing Western town in the early 1900s. The museum stands at the former site of Lewiston’s first permanent building, the Luna House. The Luna House served as a hotel, stage stop, and county courthouse and jail. The hotel was torn down in 1890. The current Art Deco style building was constructed in 1937 by the Works Progress administration as an office building and was converted into the Luna House Museum in the 1970s. Later, the Historical Society changed its name to better identify itself as the institution that is preserving Nez Perce County history.

Premium Shore Excursions
Hells Canyon Scenic Jet Boat Experience

Join us for an exclusive American Empress nature adventure into Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge. Feel your excitement rise as you step aboard these covered, comfortable jet boats approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Sit back on this exhilarating ride as we venture through the narrowest sections of Hells Canyon along the Snake River. Soak in the overwhelmingly beautiful mountains lining the banks of the Snake River. Often, Big Horn sheep, deer, and other native wildlife meander along the canyon and river banks. Hear about Hells Canyon in detail, including the detailed history and geology of this natural wonder of the world.

As an extra bonus, guests will enjoy a stop at the Idaho Garden Creek Ranch, owned by the Nature Conservancy in Hells Canyon, to stretch your legs and enjoy a snack and refreshments. The Idaho Garden Creek Preserve, once a working cattle ranch, is now a facility welcoming its visitors to explore and enjoy this section of the Gorge. Stroll through the orchard where deer and turkey make their home. Snack on seasonal fresh fruit or just simply sit back and take in the awe-inspiring beauty of nature’s landscape that surrounds you.

Note: Jet boats are generally enclosed and contain onboard bathroom facilities. All boats are inspected by the United States Coast Guard and are driven by licensed captains. This is a scenic jet boat experience and does not include white water rapids.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 4.75 hours

 

Day 4: Richland, Washington

Richland is located near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers, the northern most point reached by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. First incorporated in 1910, Richland remained a small agricultural community until the Army acquired it in 1943 along with 670 square miles of adjacent land, to create the Hanford Engineer Works, which was used to produce plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. Today, the historic B Reactor and other important historical venues are part of the new Manhattan Project National Historic Park. The city is also home to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a branch campus of Washington State University.

Included Shore Excursions

The REACH Museum (The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center)
In the year 2000, President Clinton established the 196,000-acre Hanford Reach National Monument, recognizing the historical, ecological, and scientific importance of the last free-flowing section of the mighty Columbia River. Today, The REACH stands as a gateway to the National Monument and a unique gathering place celebrating the stories of the Columbia River basin and its people. Using indoor and outdoor exhibits, The REACH teaches many stories of this interesting region. Learn the history and culture of this interesting river town through personal accounts and artifacts highlighting how the top-secret Manhattan Project transformed the mid- Columbia region during World War II. Discover how engineers at the Hanford Site raced to produce material for the nuclear weapons that ended the war, and see how Hanford’s nuclear legacy both threatens and helps protect this unique desert and river ecosystems today. Explore exhibits that display the giant lava flows and cataclysmic ice age floods that sculpted the river’s course. Spend the day exploring this 14,000-square-foot museum, enjoying the many permanent exhibits including The Land Takes Form, The Living Land, and Manhattan Project at Hanford: 1942-1947, and more. Outdoor exhibits include Community Garden, Native Plant Communities, Columbia Center Rotary Outdoor theater, and Animals of The REACH Interpretive Trail!

 

Sacajawea State Park
Sacajawea State Park is a 284-acre day-use park operated by the state of Washington and located at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers where Lewis and Clark arrived on October 16, 1805. An excellent interpretive center and museum features interactive displays that tell the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition through the experiences of Sacajawea, the young Shoshone Indian woman who accompanied the expedition. It is also the site of one of seven “confluence” installations designed by noted artist Maya Lin for the 2005 Lewis and Clark bicentennial.

Franklin County Historical Society and Museum
From the moment you enter the Franklin County Historical Museum you will be treated with true historical hospitality! Whether you choose to enjoy our collection of artifacts and information at your own pace or receive a personalized tour from one of our gracious tour guides, you will not be disappointed as you stroll through the history of our area. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the original Carnegie Library built in 1911 that proudly houses our museum. The lofty ceilings and beautifully restored ornate dark wood trim create an authentic period atmosphere. Our wide-ranging collection of historic artifacts, photographs and information help tell the story of the unique history of Franklin County. Learn about the role of the Northern Pacific Railroad in founding the city of Pasco, the county’s rich and very diverse agricultural history, the effects of three merging rivers on the local economy, and the growth of the area due to WWI and WWII. Franklin County Historical Society and Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving Franklin county’s unique history. Take time during your visit to stop in our unique gift shop stocked with Washington and area souvenirs that will be sure to provide the perfect keepsake of your trip or gift for friends and family. Plan to visit us during your stop in the Tri-cities to experience historical hospitality at its finest!

Pasco Farmers Market
Established in 1988, the Pasco Farmers Market is located in the heart of downtown Pasco, Washington. From May to October, local vendors and businesses sell farm-fresh produce, hand-crafted products, prepared food, and beverages every Saturday from 8:00 AM – Noon. The market is also a place to celebrate the diversity of the local communities through live music, entertainment, and events. Expect to find fresh, locally-grown produce, beef, poultry, eggs, plants and flowers, honey, wine, bread, pastries, cookies, kettle corn, espresso, hand-crafted goods and more – all under covered pavilions for shopping in any weather!

Premium Shore Excursions
The Plutonium Age: Uncovering the Secrets of the Manhattan Project

Including Exclusive Access into Hanford’s B-Reactor
The year was 1939. The world was in the midst of a global war, and the need for a nuclear device capable of great destruction grew in intensity with each passing day, as the United States believed it to be the only way to secure safety against Germany, which scientist Albert Einstein said was close to a breakthrough. Scientists joined together in an office just outside of Manhattan, New York, and began to collaborate and create the plans of what would eventually be referred to as the “Manhattan Project.”

The plan was to find a way to successfully harness the power of nuclear fission; the splitting of atomic nucleus. It was believed that both uranium and plutonium could be used to fuel a powerful nuclear weapon. Within months, three massive facilities were constructed in various parts of the United States and thousands of workers were recruited, most right out of high school. One of the most influential of these facilities was the Hanford Site, built on 586 square miles of Washington state land.

Today, join us for an EXCLUSIVE experience as we travel behind the gates of the infamous B-Reactor National Historic Landmark at the Hanford Site. An experience that has never been permitted before and has been crafted specifically for American Empress guests. Our journey will begin as we arrive at the Hanford REACH Museum, where we will enjoy an “official” boxed lunch, much like the one thousand workers would receive at the site each day. As we eat, our guide will share some background about the Manhattan Project at Hanford. After exploring the exhibits and displays in the museum, we will make our way to the Hanford Site and B-Reactor.

As we travel along the barren fields on the way to the facility, imagine you are a recruit on the way to your new clandestine job to help end the war. Billboards with messages reminding workers, “If you hear or see anything, keep it to yourself,” lined the roads. Envision the feeling of living in a country threatened by war and relive the desire felt by each American who wanted to help the war effort. The facility would be heavily protected by security gates, guards, and checkpoints.

As we arrive at Hanford, take in the sheer size of what was once located here. The facility originally consisted of more than 30 buildings and 20 service facilities. From 1969 through 2006, all the buildings were dismantled and removed, except for the B-Reactor and its cooling stack. Marvel at the beauty of the landscape, the engineering, and the imagination of what occurred in this area, unlike nowhere else in the world.

As we enter the B-Reactor building, where workers successfully created the plutonium used to fuel the “Fat Man” bomb, admire the remarkable and precise engineering of the plant. A knowledgeable historian will explain the function and purpose of each portion of the reactor, while sharing stories of the men and women who built and operated it.

Our experience will conclude as we take a few minutes to explore the reactor, one of the key assets toward the end of World War II, which ended in 1945. This special tour and experience covers the unique history, the emerging science, and the global politics of the World War II era. Join us on this one-of-a-kind excursion to discover the secrets that were hidden for so many years.

Note: There are items that are prohibited on this tour because of government regulations. These include all weapons, ammunition, explosives. However, cell phones, cameras, and recording equipment ARE ALLOWED on the tour. B-Reactor is in “interim safe storage” status and has been deemed radiologically safe for visitors to tour the site. This tour will be offered from mid-May until October.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 5 hours

Wine and Spirits on Red Mountain

Embark on a journey through the Red Mountain Viticulture Area. Generally recognized as one of the Northwest’s best suited regions to grow wine grapes, we’ll lead you on a tour of the area with samplings of the wines borne from their fruits along the way. Discover the history of the Red Mountain area and the contributions of wine production in the Pacific Northwest. A visit to Desert Wind Winery will provide stunning views, before continuing on to Black Heron Spirits. Following Black Heron Spirits, our journey will continue as we make our way to Kiona Vineyards and Winery, a family run vineyard.

Take in the beautiful views of the surrounding areas, as you spend the day discovering the history of the Red Mountain Viticulture area. Enjoy samples of some of the finest wines in the region. We will visit to Desert Wind Winery, which lies on the Wahluke Slope and ranges in elevation from approximately 800 – 1,000 feet. Its rocky soil is covered by shallow topsoil; the unique soil makeup places extra stress on the vines, forcing them to funnel energy into fruit production instead of excessive vegetation. The fruit from this vineyard is highly pigmented with firm tannins that lend structure to the resulting wines. At Black Heron Spirits, a unique and quirky distillery, guests can explore the facility and taste their specialty whiskey and spirits.

We will also make our way to Kiona Vineyards and Winery, a family run vineyard featuring the flavors and varieties of the Pacific Northwest region. While soaking in the stunning scenery surrounding the vineyard, sip on the robust and vibrant wine selections. Discover the history of the vineyard as our knowledgeable guide shares the stories of how this local winery has made its name and its plans for future production.

Each location offers the opportunity to purchase wines to be enjoyed on the ship with dinner or for a perfect memento of your trip to share with family and friends back home. Ask your Shore Excursion Specialist about travel pouches for your precious cargo.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 3.5 hours

 

Day 5: Stevenson, Washington

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 your 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.

Included Shore Excursions

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
This highly interactive museum is a favourite for many along the river. Enjoy a day of discovering the unique exhibits and artifacts that fill the museum. The mission of the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum is to share the story of Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge. Make sure to visit “First People,” an exhibit focusing on the history of native people of this area – the cascade chinook. Then stop over at the “Grand Gallery” which is the largest gallery in the museum that showcases how to harvest resources and focuses on the timber industries throughout the gorge. One of the most popular exhibits is the large fish wheel located inside the premises and is a 37-foot replica of the McCord wheel built in 1882, equipped with baskets used to scoop fish as they swim through and six of them were created by Tiffany Studios in New York under the supervision of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

 

Bonneville Dam
The Bonneville Dam is located 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon. It received its name from Captain Benjamin Bonneville – a soldier, trader, and explorer. It consists of a navigation lock (raises and lowers river traffic 60 feet), Powerhouse 1 (completed in 1938), a spillway (moves excess water and provides for downstream migration of young fish), fish ladders (for upstream migrating adult fish), and Powerhouse 2 (completed in 1983). Bonneville Dam can produce 1,227,000 kilowatts of electricity when needed, and moving over 10 million tons of cargo through its lock annually. Visitors can experience first-hand the operation of two hydroelectric powerhouses and watch migrating fish travel upstream at the underwater viewing rooms next to the fish ladders. These ladders are necessary so adult fish can continue their journey upstream to their spawning grounds past the dam. Depending on the season, Pacific Salmon, Pacific Lamprey, American Shad, and Sturgeon can be seen. Bonneville Lock and Dam has several recreation areas offering fishing, hiking, boating, and wildlife viewing access.

Downtown Stevenson, Washington
Make a stop in Downtown Stevenson, where you can get a slice of what Stevenson is all about. Enjoy the many antique shops, historic buildings with vintage interiors, and beautiful, abundant gardens. Visit the boutiques and shops, restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores to treat yourself to a souvenir or a taste of the fine cuisine before heading to your next stop!

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The Ultimate Pacific Northwest Experience

America’s Pacific Northwest includes some of the most exotic and desirable qualities of the country. Mountain ranges stretch as far as the eye can see; lush, green forests wrap delicately around the cool lakes, rivers meander through the region and rolling hills gradually merge into lively cities. Embark on a full day of exploration and experience everything that makes this region so unique.

Begin with a trip to Oregon’s tallest waterfall. Multnomah Falls offers a humbling view of a true natural wonder, a beautifully powerful waterfall cascading gracefully into a serene pool. Then, for a glimpse into something a bit more modern, a tour of the Bonneville Lock and Dam. Here, admire the rugged walls of the dam contrasted by the rapid waters, as the Columbia River pours through the region’s first hydro-power source. Then, journey through fertile valleys that wrap around the rocky peaks of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams on the “Fruit Loop,” a 35-mile scenic route filled with local orchards, vineyards, and fruit stands. Savor the fruits of the region with an all-American local lunch, resembling a Thanksgiving meal, at Parkdale Grange and hear about the fertile land in the Fruit Loop region.

To conclude the day, travel to Timberline Lodge, basked in beauty and sitting humbly in the shadows of Mt. Hood. Here, discover the history of the lodge and its workers and operations, as we are guided by an on-sight Park Ranger! As we make our way through this historic hotel, stand in the exact spot where President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a memorable speech in 1937. Complete your day while relaxing in the warmth of the great stone hearth fireplace, sipping on some of the finest beer and wine samplings found in the region, perfectly concluding a day in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

*Note: Due to its elevation, inclusion of the Timberline Lodge is dependent upon weather conditions. In the event that the roads are impassible, a substitution will be made.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 8.5 hours

Multnomah Falls and Vista House – Including the Old Scenic Highway

Just beyond Portland city limits, a breathtaking roadway stretches along America’s most scenic landscape. The Old Scenic Highway was built in 1913 and is known as one of the greatest engineering feats. The “King of Roads” weaves high into the bluffs towards Crown Point, through towering forest and breathtaking waterfalls. Before arriving at the Point, we’ll pull off the highway for scenic stop at the Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint. Here, guests can capture a perfect photo from the most widely photographed vantage point of the Columbia River Gorge below. As we reach our destination, aptly named for its unique formation and created over 14 million years ago by a lava flow, Crown Point offers a view fit for a king or queen.

At the height of the bluff sits Vista House, perched above the Columbia River. Vista House offers a panoramic view of the breathtaking Columbia River more than 700 feet below. Built in 1916 and known, not only for its magnificent views, but also for its unique octagonal shape. This overlook contains a gift shop and interpretive displays exhibiting the historic and geological points of interest in the area.

As we return to the Scenic Highway we will continue to Oregon’s highest waterfall, and perhaps the most picturesque, Multnomah Falls, where guests can get a breathtaking look at the waterfall and shop in the unique gift shop. This roaring 611-foot natural wonder demonstrates the power and beauty of nature in her rawest form. Watch in awe as this mighty waterfall crashes down on the rocky cliffs below, spraying a peaceful mist on all those surrounding. Continuing on the Scenic Highway, get a picture-perfect view of more waterfalls as they spring from the bluffs along the picturesque roadway and offer rare glimpses of these geological wonders.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 3.5 hours

 

Day 6: The Dalles, Oregon

At the end of the overland Oregon Trail, The Dalles holds a unique place in history as a jumping-off spot for pioneers, soldiers, gold miners, adventurers, gun-slingers, floozies, and scallywags. Lewis and Clark camped at this location at Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey in 1805 and 1806, then later Fort Dalles was established in 1850. Oregon Trail pioneers ended their overland journey at The Dalles, where they were forced to build rafts and take the “river road” west to Fort Vancouver and into the Willamette River valley. Ten thousand years of Native American trading took place on the banks of the Columbia River, shaped by the Ice Age Missoula floods. The town was located at the foot of a series of dangerous rapids, which the Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders called “The Dalles of the Columbia.”

Included Shore Excursions

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
Enjoy the beautiful, paved walking trails, a pond, and scenic overlooks. The Discovery Center is located in a beautiful and unique ecosystem native to the area. The multimedia, interactive museum inspires appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural treasures of the gorge and Wasco County. Exhibits focus on the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that shaped the gorge, the unique flora and fauna of the region, and 11,000 years of cultural history. In addition to touring the many fascinating exhibits, visitors can spend time viewing the museum’s incredible Raptor Program, with live birds of prey presented daily or take the pond walk and view the native plants.

 

Original Wasco County Courthouse Museum
In 1854, The Dalles was designated by the Territorial Legislature as the county seat of one of the largest counties ever formed in the United States. Wasco County extended from the crest of the Cascade Mountains to the Great Divide in the Rockies and encompassed 130,000 square miles. Construction began in 1858, under the supervision of Judge Orlando Humason, who was the first county judge and also the chairman of the Board of Commissioners. This small courthouse was used as a public meeting place, church services, as well as the seat of law for the county.

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
Discover the history of this historic and beautiful city. Use this opportunity to learn about the many attractions and buildings, and get a listing of the best places to grab a bite to eat, get a fine glass of wine, find a pharmacy, or do the most unique shopping. The friendly hosts will assist you in any way possible while informing you about their hometown.

Fort Dalles Museum
Located in the former fort’s Surgeon’s Quarters built in 1856, the Fort Dalles Museum opened in 1905, making it one of Oregon’s oldest history museums. Take a tour of the unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts at one of the old west’s most pivotal places in history. Enjoy walking on the grounds of this military fort and viewing the historic collection of wagons and antique vehicles. The collection holds over 30 wheeled vehicles, including a stage coach, road-building equipment, a covered wagon, two horse-drawn hearses, the Umatille House bus, and a surrey once owned by Oregon’s seventh governor, Zenas Ferry Moody. Explore the hand-hewn log buildings of the Anderson Homestead, including the pioneer house, granary, and barn.

Downtown Shopping
The Dalles Commercial Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Spend the day exploring this city’s extraordinary boutiques, exquisite cuisine, and beautiful historic structures. Walk the streets of this peaceful and quirky river-town and admire the intricate murals that line the walls and streets of The Dalles. A multitude of murals wrap around the city, depicting important moments in their history.
Granada Theatre
Built in the rare Moorish Art Deco architectural style, the Granada Theatre opened in 1929 with tremendous state-wide fanfare. The Granada was the first theatre west of the Mississippi designed and built to present the “talkies” movies! Historical performers include the likes of Judy Garland, the Von Trapp Family of the Sound of Music fame and many other great and well-known performing artists! See and enjoy the incredible and newly painted floor to ceiling Art Deco wall murals. The Granada Theatre is a true time machine that transports all of us back to kinder, gentler times – a masterpiece from yesteryear that has been fully-restored and can be “Your Front Row to the Stars.”

National Neon Sign Museum
Brand new in The Dalles, the National Neon Sign Museum is a walk through the evolution of light, from the earliest of light bulb signs (1880-1920) to the introduction of neon to the United States in 1923. The museum provides a dynamic and entertaining environment that promotes an appreciation of advertising and signage and the unique role it has played in American history. It provides historical, social and cultural relevance through the exhibition of more than 20,000 square feet of electrifying signs, ephemera and interactive displays that date from the late 1800s through the 1960s.

 

Day 7: Astoria, Oregon

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!

Included Shore Excursions

The Riverwalk
A six-mile paved walkway overlooking the beautiful Columbia River. In addition to the remarkable views, guests can explore the statues, shops, cafes, docks, and historic canneries dotting the path. Guests, who wish to, can choose to board the riverfront trolley that runs along the banks for an extra fee. The Astoria Riverwalk, also known as the Astoria River Trail, stretches the entire length of the city’s waterfront, connecting restaurants and breweries, museums, and dozens of other attractions. It passes under the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the largest continuous truss bridge in the United States, arcing out across the Columbia River toward the hazy hillsides of Washington state. The trail follows the route of the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad that was completed in 1898.The Flavel House
As one of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the Flavel House survives today as a landmark of local and national significance. The house was built as a retirement home in 1885 for Columbia River bar pilot, Captain George Flavel, and his family. The Flavel House has been restored and furnished to portray the elegance of the Victorian period and the history of the Flavel family. Its decorative exterior, with hipped roof, balconies, and verandas, is distinguished by a fourth-story cupola. The interior of the home features original Eastlake influenced woodwork, period furnishings, six exotic hardwood fireplace mantels, and fourteen-foot ceilings with plaster crown molding and medallions.

Astoria Column
This magnificent monument stands 600 feet above sea level and gives the perfect view to Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the Columbia River, and in the distance, even the Pacific Ocean. Ralph Budd initiated the project to celebrate Astoria’s early settlers. He hired Italian immigrant and artist Atillilio Pusterla to model a piece inspired by Trajan’s Column in Rome, featuring hand-painted spiral frieze work, stretching over 500 feet if it were to be unwound. The Astor family, with the help of the Great Northern Railroad, generously donated the column to Astoria in July of 1926.

Heritage Museum
Astoria’s Old City Hall building, a neoclassical structure designed by prominent Portland architect Emil Schacht in 1904, is home to the Historical Society’s collection and archive. Clatsop County’s rich and exciting history is featured in the museum’s permanent and changing exhibit galleries. Objects on display include a 1,000-year-old hunting implement, finely crafted 19th-century Chinook and Clatsop Indian baskets, and a sea otter pelt and beaver hat which illuminate the early history of Astoria. Logging and fishing, the two economic mainstays since 1870, are represented in collections of tools, equipment, and photographs. The stories of the many diverse ethnic groups that settled in the area are depicted in the Emigrants Gallery. A recent addition to the Heritage Museum’s exhibits and located on the second floor, is “Vice and Virtue in Clatsop County: 1890 to Prohibition.” The gallery contains a partially reconstructed saloon and illustrates Astoria’s seedy past when the town was known along the West Coast for its infamous saloons and brothels.

Columbia River Maritime Museum
Here, guests can experience interactive displays, galleries and collections representing the history of the mighty Columbia River throughout time. The museum was founded in 1962 when Rolf Klep returned to his birthplace after retiring from his art career on the East Coast. Klep was a long-time collector of maritime artifacts and he began to recruit his colleagues and friends to help establish a museum to present these collections. The museum was the first in Oregon to meet national accreditation standards and is designated the official maritime museum of Oregon. After a $6 million expansion, the museum now holds six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia. Enjoy over 30,000 artifacts and 20,000 photos as you travel through this expansive maritime museum! Trail Interactive exhibit! (Admission Additional)

Premium Shore Excursions
The Lewis and Clark Experience

This experience will retrace the history of America’s most famous frontiersmen. We’ll begin by traveling to the site of Middle Village and Station Camp. Occupied for ten days in November of 1805 by the Corps of Discovery and was used as a departure point for an overland trek to their first views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore this historical point in America’s History as the first leg of our exploration on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Then, discover the next stages of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as we set off for Cape Disappointment, which overlooks the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. It was at this site where the American Pioneers’ two year expedition, and their dream of discovering a river route to the Pacific Ocean, finally came to fruition. Explore the Interpretative Center’s extensive and thorough time line that documents the entire journey of these intrepid frontiersmen. Experience the beauty and power of the Pacific Ocean from the enclosed overlook as the waves crash along the banks below. In addition to being home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, these rocky banks were also the set of “The Guardian,” a 2006 Coast Guard blockbuster starring acclaimed actor Kevin Costner.

As we continue our path along the Lewis and Clark Expedition, we will stop at Fort Clatsop, part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Made famous as the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark and their crew). Here, guests can enjoy exhibits in the interpretive center, exhibit hall, book store and gift shop, view films outlining the historic journey and explore a replica of the forts built by The Corps of Discovery in their attempts to maintain shelter during the harsh winters.

Includes a copy of In the Wake of Lewis and Clark, a historical interpretation of the final leg of the Corps of Discovery, published exclusively for American Queen Steamboat Company. (A $14.95 value)

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 4 hours

Zip-Lining Adventure

Step off the luxurious decks of the American Empress and into the natural wonders of Oregon; one of America’s most beautiful landscapes. We’ll bring you slightly outside of your comfort zone and allow guests to experience the wilderness from the best vantage point, soaring above the ground, through the towering trees and over the Pacific Northwest waterways.

No experience needed! Guests of all ages can safely enjoy this guided experience as they are securely tethered onto a course consisting of eight lines zipping throughout the lush, green forests of Oregon. Experience a unique and exhilarating day as guests conquer one zip at a time, learning along the way how to manipulate speed using body positioning. Those with an extreme adventurous spirit can zip over lakes and through the trees and even choose to take a dunk in the lake as you soar by!

After adrenaline levels recede, guests are welcomed to explore the gift shop where they can purchase Highlife Adventures official memorabilia or a personal candid photo of themselves in action, taken as each guest soars past the automatic camera perfectly situated on the course!

Don’t just visit Oregon, experience the wilderness of the lakes and timber throughout the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you won’t soon forget.

As a safety precaution, closed-toe shoes will be required during the participation of this excursion.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 4 hours

 

Day 8: Astoria, Oregon

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!

Included Shore Excursions

The Riverwalk
A six-mile paved walkway overlooking the beautiful Columbia River. In addition to the remarkable views, guests can explore the statues, shops, cafes, docks, and historic canneries dotting the path. Guests, who wish to, can choose to board the riverfront trolley that runs along the banks for an extra fee. The Astoria Riverwalk, also known as the Astoria River Trail, stretches the entire length of the city’s waterfront, connecting restaurants and breweries, museums, and dozens of other attractions. It passes under the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the largest continuous truss bridge in the United States, arcing out across the Columbia River toward the hazy hillsides of Washington state. The trail follows the route of the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad that was completed in 1898.The Flavel House
As one of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the Flavel House survives today as a landmark of local and national significance. The house was built as a retirement home in 1885 for Columbia River bar pilot, Captain George Flavel, and his family. The Flavel House has been restored and furnished to portray the elegance of the Victorian period and the history of the Flavel family. Its decorative exterior, with hipped roof, balconies, and verandas, is distinguished by a fourth-story cupola. The interior of the home features original Eastlake influenced woodwork, period furnishings, six exotic hardwood fireplace mantels, and fourteen-foot ceilings with plaster crown molding and medallions.

Astoria Column
This magnificent monument stands 600 feet above sea level and gives the perfect view to Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the Columbia River, and in the distance, even the Pacific Ocean. Ralph Budd initiated the project to celebrate Astoria’s early settlers. He hired Italian immigrant and artist Atillilio Pusterla to model a piece inspired by Trajan’s Column in Rome, featuring hand-painted spiral frieze work, stretching over 500 feet if it were to be unwound. The Astor family, with the help of the Great Northern Railroad, generously donated the column to Astoria in July of 1926.

Heritage Museum
Astoria’s Old City Hall building, a neoclassical structure designed by prominent Portland architect Emil Schacht in 1904, is home to the Historical Society’s collection and archive. Clatsop County’s rich and exciting history is featured in the museum’s permanent and changing exhibit galleries. Objects on display include a 1,000-year-old hunting implement, finely crafted 19th-century Chinook and Clatsop Indian baskets, and a sea otter pelt and beaver hat which illuminate the early history of Astoria. Logging and fishing, the two economic mainstays since 1870, are represented in collections of tools, equipment, and photographs. The stories of the many diverse ethnic groups that settled in the area are depicted in the Emigrants Gallery. A recent addition to the Heritage Museum’s exhibits and located on the second floor, is “Vice and Virtue in Clatsop County: 1890 to Prohibition.” The gallery contains a partially reconstructed saloon and illustrates Astoria’s seedy past when the town was known along the West Coast for its infamous saloons and brothels.

Columbia River Maritime Museum
Here, guests can experience interactive displays, galleries and collections representing the history of the mighty Columbia River throughout time. The museum was founded in 1962 when Rolf Klep returned to his birthplace after retiring from his art career on the East Coast. Klep was a long-time collector of maritime artifacts and he began to recruit his colleagues and friends to help establish a museum to present these collections. The museum was the first in Oregon to meet national accreditation standards and is designated the official maritime museum of Oregon. After a $6 million expansion, the museum now holds six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia. Enjoy over 30,000 artifacts and 20,000 photos as you travel through this expansive maritime museum! Trail Interactive exhibit! (Admission Additional)

Premium Shore Excursions
The Lewis and Clark Experience

This experience will retrace the history of America’s most famous frontiersmen. We’ll begin by traveling to the site of Middle Village and Station Camp. Occupied for ten days in November of 1805 by the Corps of Discovery and was used as a departure point for an overland trek to their first views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore this historical point in America’s History as the first leg of our exploration on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Then, discover the next stages of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as we set off for Cape Disappointment, which overlooks the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. It was at this site where the American Pioneers’ two year expedition, and their dream of discovering a river route to the Pacific Ocean, finally came to fruition. Explore the Interpretative Center’s extensive and thorough time line that documents the entire journey of these intrepid frontiersmen. Experience the beauty and power of the Pacific Ocean from the enclosed overlook as the waves crash along the banks below. In addition to being home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, these rocky banks were also the set of “The Guardian,” a 2006 Coast Guard blockbuster starring acclaimed actor Kevin Costner.

As we continue our path along the Lewis and Clark Expedition, we will stop at Fort Clatsop, part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Made famous as the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark and their crew). Here, guests can enjoy exhibits in the interpretive center, exhibit hall, book store and gift shop, view films outlining the historic journey and explore a replica of the forts built by The Corps of Discovery in their attempts to maintain shelter during the harsh winters.

Includes a copy of In the Wake of Lewis and Clark, a historical interpretation of the final leg of the Corps of Discovery, published exclusively for American Queen Steamboat Company. (A $14.95 value)

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 4 hours

Zip-Lining Adventure

Step off the luxurious decks of the American Empress and into the natural wonders of Oregon; one of America’s most beautiful landscapes. We’ll bring you slightly outside of your comfort zone and allow guests to experience the wilderness from the best vantage point, soaring above the ground, through the towering trees and over the Pacific Northwest waterways.

No experience needed! Guests of all ages can safely enjoy this guided experience as they are securely tethered onto a course consisting of eight lines zipping throughout the lush, green forests of Oregon. Experience a unique and exhilarating day as guests conquer one zip at a time, learning along the way how to manipulate speed using body positioning. Those with an extreme adventurous spirit can zip over lakes and through the trees and even choose to take a dunk in the lake as you soar by!

After adrenaline levels recede, guests are welcomed to explore the gift shop where they can purchase Highlife Adventures official memorabilia or a personal candid photo of themselves in action, taken as each guest soars past the automatic camera perfectly situated on the course!

Don’t just visit Oregon, experience the wilderness of the lakes and timber throughout the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you won’t soon forget.

As a safety precaution, closed-toe shoes will be required during the participation of this excursion.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation: Provided
Duration: 4 hours

 

Day 9: Vancouver, Washington

As your American Queen Voyages journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town — whether it’s an optional premier post-cruise experience or a quick transfer to the airport for your final trip home — your AQV team can pre-arrange everything for you

Our September 24, October 8 and November 05 & 19 2023 sailings include an additional stop in Camas-Washougal

always all-inclusive

Return scheduled flights from London

2-night Pre-cruise Hotel Stay+

Premium City Highlights Tour (Embarkation Day)+

Transfers

Unlimited Included Guided Tours

Acclaimed Cuisine in Multiple Venues

In-room Dining Available

Unlimited WiFi

Bicycles* and Hiking Sticks

Live, Daily Onboard
Entertainment & Enrichment

Pre-Paid Gratuities

Open Bars & Lounges

Port Taxes & Fees

Unlimited Beverages

*River Cruises Only

+1-night on Minneapolis -New Orleans and Snake & Columbia itineraries/No City Highlights Tour

 

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07, 21 April

05, 19 May

02, 16, 30 June

14, 28 July

11, 25 Aug

08, 22 Sept

06, 20 Oct

03, 17 Nov

16, 30 Mar

13, 27 April

11, 25 May

08, 22 June

06, 20 July

03, 17, 31  Aug

14, 28 Sept

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Lead in fares shown are to be used as a guide only, based on the lowest cabin category for two people sharing. Pricing may be subject to change based on flight pricing & availability. Other cabin categories are available. Single cabin grades are available on selected vessels and cabins for sole occupancy are available at a single supplement. All itineraries can be tailor-made to your specification with cruise only, additional hotel nights, flight upgrades and UK regional airport departures (subject to availability).  Additional pre-voyage and post-voyage city stay packages (2 nights) may be purchased for an additional charge. Guests are required to present a credit card upon hotel check-in to cover their incidental charges. In lieu of an included pre-voyage hotel night on any voyage, a $50 per person onboard credit is available upon request and dependent upon voyage date. On a back-to-back voyage, two included hotel nights or a combination of one included hotel night plus a $50 per person onboard credit will be granted in lieu of taking a second included hotel night. All fares, itineraries, hotels, entertainment, shore excursions and other voyage attributes are subject to change, and we are not responsible for errors or omissions therein. American Queen Voyages is represented in the UK & Europe by Light Blue Travel (ABTA D6183 & V9324 ATOL 5489). Full Booking Conditions.

 

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