Great Pacific Northwest
Discover the timeless majesty of the Columbia and Snake Rivers as you immerse yourself in the history and natural grandeur of the Pacific Northwest. From Portland to Clarkston, Washington, cruise to charming towns and historic sites aboard the elegant American Empress, stopping at Astoria, Stevenson, The Dalles, and Sacajawea State Park.
GREAT PACIFIC NORTHWEST–AMERICAN EMPRESS
Portland to Clarkston (8 nights)
Date: July 25-August 2, 2015
Price: From $3,795 per person, double occupancy (Airfare is additional)
Incredibly beautiful and wildly bountiful, the Pacific Northwest presents a miraculous geological masterpiece where lush, unspoiled forests blanket dramatic slopes, imposing mountains cradle deep, mighty rivers and sparkling waterfalls cascade into breathtaking gorges. Experience this spectacular region that captivated intrepid explorers as you cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. Begin with a stay in the “City of Roses,” Portland, Oregon’s hub of culture and epicurean delights, before boarding your riverboat, a veritable floating boutique hotel. Revel in the small-town charms of the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, and take in magnificent scenery in Stevenson, Washington, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Visit the Bonneville Dam, a monument to human ingenuity, and watch ever-glorious landscapes glide by as you sail to The Dalles—the end of the Oregon Trail. Follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and their legendary Shoshone guide to Sacajawea State Park, the site of the famed explorers’ 1805 campsite. Conclude your voyage in Clarkston, a quaint town nestled at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers and a gateway to Hells Canyon, North America's deepest river gorge.