Day 1: Hotel Stay - Vancouver, WA
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Vancouver, Washington.
Day 2: Vancouver, WADeparture 6:00 PM
Explore Vancouver at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion in Portland with afternoon transfer to the American Empress.
Day 3: Astoria, OR
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
Explore this historic pioneer city situated near the mouth of the Columbia River; Named after John Jacob Astor, an American Investor and owner of the American Fur Company. This tour begins with a stop at the Riverwalk; a four-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. Guest who wish to can choose to board the riverfront trolley that runs along the banks for an extra fee.
Next stop, the Flavel House and Carriage House Museum. The Flavel House stands proudly as a monument of national significance. As a perfectly preserved example of Queen Anne architecture, this historic abode was once the home of Captain George Flavel, one of Astoria’s most influential citizens in the late 1800s. Guests can tour this 11,000 square foot elegant mansion as well as the detached Carriage House Museum and Visitor’s Center.
If you’re seeking the perfect vantage point to view the majestic valley and the mouth of the Columbia River, the next stop will end your search. The peak of the Astoria Column sits 600 feet above sea level and boasts an incredible 365-degree view. Guests who are up to the challenge can climb the 164-step spiral staircase to the top of this spire for a majestic observation point, or remain on the ground to examine the ornate murals depicting 14 significant events from Oregon’s history.
Last stop on our tour is the Heritage Museum. Learn the history and culture of Oregon through their permanent and alternating exhibit galleries that beautifully capsulate the exciting history and culture of Oregon and the Columbia River. Located within Astoria’s Old City Hall building, this neoclassical structure pays tribute to the hunters, loggers and fishermen that forged this new territory and depicts the history of this frontier town.
Before returning to the boat, guests can visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum for a reduced fee when showing their American Queen Identification Card. Here, guests can experience interactive displays, galleries and collections representing the history of the mighty Columbia River throughout time.
Day 4: The Dalles, OR
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
Welcome to The Dalles, Oregon; known as the end of the Oregon Trail! Hop on our industry leading Hop on-Hop off Motorcoach and set off to experience everything that The Dalles has to offer. First stop, the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. The center is a breathtaking display of local history, the Columbia River and Gorge. Winner of the Honor Award for its appealing design, this stop should not be missed. The Original Courthouse Museum is the next stop on our tour. This historic building was built in 1859 and is known as the first courthouse of the Rocky Mountains. Here guests can experience exhibits showcasing the history and culture of the local region and explore the courthouse. Next stop, The Dalles Visitor’s Center where guests can learn more about this Pioneer river town followed by a stop at the Fort Dalles Museum and Interpretive Center; an original military base built in the 1800’s. Guest can experience unique collections of military and pioneer artifacts as well as the historic wagons that brought early settlers to the Oregon Trail’s last stop. Before exploring the shops of the Downtown Shopping area guests can stop at the Sunshine Mills Winery. Originally a 130-year-old abandoned wheat mill and now a state of the art Quenett boutique winery and home of Copa Di Vino-a unique invention by entrepreneur and wine enthusiast, James Martin. Featured on ABC’s The Shark Tank, guests can stop in at the one-of-a-kind wine tasting room to try a sample of the new wine trend that’s sweeping the nation, one glass at a time.
Day 5: Stevenson, WA
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
This included tour begins with a stop in Downtown Stevenson, Washington. Guests can hop off here and enjoy the various local specialty shops and boutiques lining the streets.
The next stop brings us to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, the Interpretive Center brings life to human stories of natural history in our nation’s most compelling landscape. Here, guests can learn the local story of the geography and culture of the region and catch an under-water glimpse of spawning Salmon passing through the Fish Ladders. Exhibits celebrate 15,000 years of history.
Finally, experience an incredible man-made engineering feat at the Bonneville Dam. The Bonneville Dam, completed in 1938, is an electrical power generator for the local area using Hydro power. Guests can enjoy a self-guided tour of this powerhouse as they learn about its progression and improvements over time, the exhausting build project that encountered numerous obstacles due to the unique geology of the area and the unique way the dam assists spawning Salmon pass through the dam. Witness the ingenious apparatus that allows the Salmon population to thrive in the Salmon Ladder viewing area and learn about the importance of this invention.
Day 6: Tri-Cities (Richland), WA
Today's included tour takes you to The Reach; An interpretive center whose goal is centered around becoming a reflection of the people of the region as well as of the elements and geology of the Hanford Reach National Monument. Learn about the local Native American culture, Lewis and Clark, the history of the area including the Northern Pacific Railroad and more!
Day 7: Tri-Cities (Richland), WA
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour (Richland, WA)
Explore Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center. Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Sacajawea State Park marks a significant period in American History. Guests can explore the Interpretive Center on the Park grounds which feature the history of Lewis and Clark. The on-site exhibits and a knowledgeable presentation at 10:00 AM will highlight the history on this site and focuses on the Corps of Discovery’s voyage from modern-day Illinois to these grounds with the helpful guidance of their Native American interpreter, Sacajawea. Also included at this port is the Country Mercantile Store. This country store is a working farm and unique store filled with gourmet foods, jams, local items, homemade ice cream, hand dipped chocolates and one-of-a-kind gifts for guests to explore and take home as a special memento of their time in Washington. Enjoy a guided tour of the facility and the candy factory at this sweet location before continuing on to The Reach. The Reach is an interpretive center whose goal is centered around becoming a reflection of the people of the region as well as of the elements and geology of the Hanford Reach National Monument. Stop here to learn about the Native American culture, Lewis and Clark, the history of the area including the Northen Pacific Railroad and more!
Day 8: Clarkston, WA
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Experience the history and indigenous culture of the Nez Perce Tribe as we travel to the Nez Perce National Historical Park for a guided tour of their reservation. Learn about the historic and present-day way of life of these migratory Native Americans whose name is derived from the French “Pierced Nose.” The Nez Perce people are well known for their involvement and assistance with the Lewis and Clark Expedition and guests can learn first-hand how they were trusted by the Corps of Discovery through an exclusive presentation by a Nez Perce Native.
A stop in downtown Lewiston, Idaho brings guests to the Nez Perce Country Historical Society and Museum, an instituition which strives to perserve and interpret the history of local region and culture. Guests can delve deepter into the unique history of Nez Perce County and the Nez Perce Tribe. Gather information about the pioneers, geology, founding of Lewiston, Prairie Railroad and so much more.
This tour departs at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Day 9: Clarkston, WAArrival 8:00 AM
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