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What You’ll See on the Snake River

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | American Queen Steamboat Company | Kristina Rundquist | August 06, 2016

What You’ll See on the Snake River

PHOTO: The Pacific Northwest awaits you. (Courtesy American Queen Steamboat Company)

History lovers and anyone who loves the Pacific Northwest will revel in the American Queen Steamboat Company’s sailing down the Snake River, taking passengers through the rich forest of Washington and Oregon’s coastal regions.

Each stop offers the opportunity to further explore the region’s history and learn about the area’s indigenous people, who still inhabit a reservation near Lewiston. Along the way, passengers will visit numerous towns and cities and follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark.

Clarkston, Wash. Named after the famed explorers Lewis and Clark, this city sits at the meeting place of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. Known for its thriving tourist trade, the city has much to offer in the way of outdoor activities including fishing, scenic hiking trails, shopping and exploring. History lovers will be excited to spend the day following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and can see many of the artifacts left behind by these intrepid explorers. Cruise passengers interested in a jet boat experience can take advantage of the city’s location at the gateway of Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, by taking a jet boat ride. Included score excursions from Clarkston include visits to the Nez Perce National Historical Park, the first Territorial Capitol Interpretive Center, Bridablik/Schroeder House, the Nez Perce Historical Society and Museum, and the Lewis and Clark State College Center for Arts & History.

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Tri-Cities (Richland), Wash. From first stepping foot in Richland, it’s easy to see why it is the site of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first national monument—the Hanford Reach National Monument, which overlooks a striking landscape of vistas and bluffs. As part of their cruise, passengers will have the opportunity to explore the REACH, an interpretive center dedicated to educating visitors about the area’s Native American population, Lewis and Clark and the history of the area. Other shore excursions include visits to the Sacajawea State Park and the Franklin County Historical Society and Museum.

The Dalles, Ore. Situated between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, the city is known as the end of the Oregon Trail and marks the site where thousands of years ago, Native Americans traded on its river banks. Today the area is rich in art and culture and features a host of popular restaurants. Among the included shore excursions are visits to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, the Original Courthouse Museum, the Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, the First Dalles Museum and Interpretive Center, the Sunshine Mills Winery and a shopping expedition in the historic district.

Stevenson, Wash. Situated in the center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Stevenson is the perfect place from which to explore the Washington side of the Gorge. The city’s downtown features numerous galleries, shops and restaurants. Visits to the Bonneville Dam Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, and downtown Stevenson.

Astoria, Ore. Clatsop Indians lived for centuries in what is today known as Astoria and more recently in 1805, Lewis and Clark’s expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop. Add to that a British invasion of a decidedly non-Beatles nature, and you have a city rich in history. As the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, it’s an ideal destination for history lovers. Included shore excursions take passengers to the Flavel House and Carriage House Museum, the Astoria Column, the Heritage Museum and Columbia River Maritime Museums.

Vancouver, Wash. The cruise ends in Vancouver, where after disembarking passengers can add on a 2-night Rose City Stay package where they can explore Portland, Ore.


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