Saturday, August 31 - CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON (OVERNIGHT)
Spend the day exploring the scenic city of Clarkston at your leisure or *Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour:
We’ve chartered the Hells Canyon Jet Boat to take you through the deepest canyon in America. After breakfast, the jet boat will meet you at the ship for an afternoon of adventure. Here you’ll explore places most boats can’t reach on the river and witness the amazing transformation in geography from high desert to alpine forests. You’ll view ancient rock formations and Native pictographs while your local Clarkston guide provides interesting stories surrounding the region’s history and canyon formation. You’ll enjoy a catered luncheon at the exclusive Garden Creek Ranch before heading back to the hotel.
Sunday, September 1 - CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON
Board ship and enjoy a welcome reception later that evening.
Monday, September 2 - RICHLAND, WASHINGTON/PENDLETON, OREGON
Enjoy a scenic ride through the countryside and witness the striking contrast in landscape as it turns from vast desert canyons to lush forests as you make your way to Pendleton, OR for the day’s excursions. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our private tour guide who will take you to explore Pendleton’s infamous underground city before a complimentary lunch at the famous Hamley’s Restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, for a look into the storied past of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes; and the famous Pendleton Woolen Mill where you will have a tour of the mill and the chance to purchase authentic woven goods.
Just a five minute drive from the ship, the interactive REACH Museum details the specifics of the building of the first atomic bomb. Once back on board, representatives from the Bernard Griffin Winery join us during cocktail hour for an exclusive wine tasting.
SACAJAWEA PARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER:
Discover Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center with a self-guided tour after an introduction by one of the center’s docents. Explore a room of Indian artifacts or learn about the activities of Lewis and Clark that took place at the site.
Tuesday, September 3 - THE DALLES, OREGON
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center:
As you step off the ship, you’ll be immediately greeted by members of the local visitor’s center who are dressed in period specific clothing from the days of river boating-lore. Your guide will meet us at the ship and take you on a short narrated tour of the town before arriving at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Here we’ll explore the various exhibits that highlight the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that helped create the gorge. The highlight of the center visit includes a unique Raptor exhibition. We’ll watch birds of prey put on an aerobatic display while learning about these protected Eagles that call the gorge home.
*Maryhill Museum & Winery:
Overlooking the gorge sits the Maryhill Museum of Art. Here, Native American artifacts, royal memorabilia from Queen Marie of Romania, outdoor sculptures, and a permanent collection of international chess sets adorn the museum halls. You will not only be treated to one-of-a-kind permanent collection, but also a variety of featured exhibitions.
Wednesday, September 4 - STEVENSON, WASHINGTON
A highlight of any trip to the Pacific Northwest, Multnomah Falls is sure to leave you in awe. After breakfast, we will journey to the second tallest waterfall in the U.S. As you wind through the thick forest you will cross the impressive “Bridge of the Gods,” before finally reaching Multnomah Falls. Upon arrival you will have time to explore the falls on your own, and walk the famous Benson Bridge to get the best vantage point for your photo opportunities.
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center:
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center, which showcases the area’s unique history and cultural diversity. From the Native American tribes that inhabited the Gorge, to the expedition of Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers, learn of the bountiful life on the Gorge as you explore this amazing museum.
*Bonneville Dam Tour:
Throughout your journey on the Columbia River, you will transit 8 locks, lifting the ship more than 700 feet vertically. Building upon the lectures of our onboard experts throughout the week, this excursion provides guests with an in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the engineering that enables the Dam to generate enough hydroelectric power to provide nearly 500,000 homes with electricity.
Thursday, September 5 - MOUNT ST. HELENS, WASHINGTON
Mt. St. Helens Experience Johnston Ridge Observatory:
May 18, 1980 is a day etched into the history of the United States as the powerful eruption of Mount St. Helens. The eruption drastically changed the landscape ad is now referred to as the National Volcanic Monument. On your scenic journey to the Mount St. Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory, your tour guide will have an intellectual conversation with you regarding the eruption, how it affected the landscape and surrounding communities, and how the environment has responded naturally to the disturbance. The Observatory itself sits on a bluff near the crater, offering spectacular views of the pumice plain and blast site.
Friday, September 6 - ASTORIA, OREGON
*Astoria Experience & Fort Clatsop Tour:
In the evening before you tour Astoria, our onboard lecturer, often Todd Weber, will provide an entertaining and historically accurate portrayal of the city, including the Lewis and Clark expeditions during the 1800s. At Fort Clatsop, a Park Ranger will meet with our group to explain its significance and begin a personalized tour of the grounds. You’ll witness live demonstrations, tour the museum and explore the exact replica of the fort where Lewis and Clark wintered in 1806. We’ll then depart through the city of Astoria on our way to the Astoria Column. This majestic tower perched high on a bluff overlooks the city and river providing an outstanding view of the landscape below, including our ship as it rests in port. If you’re up to the challenge, you can walk the 164 steps
up the tower to the observation deck for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.
Columbia River Maritime Museum:
Take a leisurely 5 minute walk to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Here you’ll meet with our guide where they’ll provide you a tour of the facilities. We’ll examine the history of Crossing the Bar, known as one of the toughest and most treacherous routes in maritime history. You’ll explore actual ships that were destroyed during the river crossing, discover artifacts and learn what makes this specific area so dangerous and feared by even the most experienced sailors.
Saturday, September 7 - PORTLAND, OREGON (OVERNIGHT)
We’ll explore the popular downtown area, considered to be one of the “top 10” most livable cities in the world. We’ll cross many of the notable scenic Portland bridges including Hawthorne Bridge (1910) and Broadway Bridge (1913) as we make our way to the Rose Garden State Park. Our final stop will be to the popular International Test Garden which features over 6,800 rose bushes representing 557 varieties of roses. Here you can stroll the lush grounds or visit the Rose Garden Store offering hundreds of themed rose-related items.
Sunday, September 8 - PORTLAND, OREGON
Breakfast is served. Fly home.