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7 Night Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey

From Clarkston to Portland

National Geographic Sea Bird

Lindblad Expeditions
4 Stars
  • Cruise #: 2021188
  • Departs: Sat, Oct 26, 2024
  • Returns: Sat, Nov 2, 2024
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    Saturday - Oct 26, 2024
    Day
    1
    Clarkston, United States
    • Clarkston, United States
    Choose to fly into nearby Lewiston, Idaho, or into Spokane, Washington, two hours away. Travel though the picturesque landscapes of the Palouse to Clarkston to board the ship. Dinner is included today.
    Sunday - Oct 27, 2024
    Day
    2
    Clarkston, United States
    • Clarkston, United States
    • Jet Boat Travel
    • Hell's Canyon, United States
    • Jet Boat Travel
    • Clarkston, United States
    At Clarkston, we find ourselves at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. The name Clarkston is in reference to William Clark and is directly across the river from Lewiston, Idaho, which is named for Meriwether Lewis. Travel by comfortable jet boat into one of North America's most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. The 125-mile-long canyon was carved by the waters of the Snake River and at 7,993 feet is North America's deepest river gorge-most of it inaccessible by road. The earliest known settlers in the canyon were the Nez Perce tribe and, as we travel up the river, look to the hillsides and see remnants of their ancestral horse trails along with pictographs and petroglyphs on the rock formations. This afternoon, join your fellow travelers in the lounge for songs and stories by a Nez Perce storyteller. This evening, a local winemaker joins us for a wine tasting and an informative discussion about the unique terroir of the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA, the newest Viticultural Area in the United States. Set sail this evening on the Snake River heading west, and overnight, transit two in the series of eight locks that will lower the ship some 700 feet, nearly ten times the height of the Panama Canal's locks. ...
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    Monday - Oct 28, 2024
    Day
    3
    • Cruising the Palouse River, United States
    The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off cruising on our Zodiac and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge nearly 200 feet into the pool below. These falls and the canyon are important features of the channeled scablands created by the great Missoula Floods that swept periodically across the region. Afterward, sail down the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. ...
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    Tuesday - Oct 29, 2024
    Day
    4
    • River Cruising
    Spend the day cruising through some of the most scenic and geologically interesting stretches of the Columbia River and the Columbia Plateau. Our onboard geologist and naturalists will discuss the Columbian Basalt Flows and the Missoula Floods that sculpted the landscape 13,000 years ago. Relive the historic tales of the Corps of Discovery through the eyes of the historian as we sail by landmarks from their epic journey. This is also a great day to unwind with a massage. ...
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    Wednesday - Oct 30, 2024
    Day
    5
    Hood River, United States
    • Hood River, United States
    Thursday - Oct 31, 2024
    Day
    6
    The Dalles, United States
    • The Dalles, United States
    Over two days immerse yourself in natural and man-made marvels. Explore the Columbia River Gorge with a stop at neck-craning Multnomah Falls and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. Take in, or hike, iconic Beacon Rock, the 848-foot basalt column where Lewis and Clark first noticed the tides affecting the water levels in the Columbia River, more than 120 miles from its mouth. Reflect on Lewis and Clark's enduring spirit of discovery on a visit to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, home to one of the largest collections of still-functioning antique cars and planes in the country, or on a trek through the Mosier Twin Tunnels on the historic Columbia River Highway. Experience engineering at a colossal scale as we pass through Bonneville Lock and Dam. Taste the bounty of the region in the golden Hood River Valley, located in the shadows of Mount Hood. The valley is known for its fruit-growing orchards-including one of the world's largest pear-growing areas. We'll tour its famous "fruit loop", dropping in at a local farm to learn about organic farming and meet their charming farm animals, followed by a delicious farm-to-table lunch. ...
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    Friday - Nov 1, 2024
    Day
    7
    Astoria, United States
    • Astoria, United States
    Today, we continue to navigate the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Cape Disappointment, where Meriwether Lewis saw the Pacific in November of 1805, explore the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, see Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, and the north jetty of the Columbia River Bar. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and all aspects of maritime commerce in the region. Hear harrowing stories of crossing "The Bar" at the mouth of the Columbia, one of the most dangerous passages in the world. In the afternoon, there are several options to explore the Astoria area. ...
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    Saturday - Nov 2, 2024
    Day
    8
    Portland, United States
    • Portland, United States
    Arrive in Portland, located on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mt. Hood. The city is known for its ecofriendliness, microbreweries, and coffeehouses. After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for return flights home. Breakfast is included today.


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