7 Nights Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise | Portland to Clarkston, and reverse

Cruise Ship

United States | American Cruise Lines - American Song

Departure Dates:

May - November, ask for details.

Ports of Call:

Portland, Oregon; Astoria, Oregon; Mount Saint Helens, Washington; Cruising the Columbia River Gorge; Stevenson, Washington; The Dalles, Oregon; Pendleton, Oregon; Richland, Washington; Clarkston, Washington

General Info:

Embrace your inner pioneer as you travel along the epic route forged by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago.
View the lush landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and be awed by the magnificent Multnomah Falls. Visit Mount Saint Helens with a local expert and learn how the eruption has affected the landscape and surrounding communities.
Enjoy a trip to wine country and stop at a local winery for a tasting of the area's finest varietals. Along the way, be entertained by onboard musicians performing maritime songs, sea shanties, and selections from "The Great American Songbook."

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Type of Vessel

As the first modern riverboat ever in the United States, American Song is introducing many pioneering innovations to America's waters. With a capacity of just 190 guests, this new ship has the modern design features and contemporary styling that today's traveler has come to expect. Featured are lounges soaring 40 feet above the water with triple the glass of other riverboats, offering astounding views. American Song also showcases a four-story glass-enclosed atrium with a large domed skylight, which serves as the central gathering point for the entire ship. Experience the American River Cruise Revolution on American Song cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers.


Day 1 | Portland, Oregon: Situated between the waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland's history is forever entwined with the fortunes of these great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed Portland's waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water. Today, highlights include the Portland Art Museum, the International Rose Test Garden, and the famous Powell's Bookstore, filling an entire city block.
Enjoy the Views from the Vista House excursion with a guided exploration of downtown, local bridges, and the Vista House. Built in 1917, the Vista House serves as a rest stop observatory for travelers on the old Columbia River Gorge Highway and as a memorial honoring Oregon's pioneers - particularly those who made their way down the Columbia River. Enjoy the incredible scenic views at this historic site. This excursion is only available on cruises ending in Portland.

Day 2 | Astoria, Oregon: A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis and Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. In the winter of 1805-06, the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discover Expedition was headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site and was eventually named a National Monument. With its steep hills and beautiful Victorian homes, Astoria has been called the "Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest" and has a revitalized downtown ideal for shopping and dining.
Enjoy the Columbia River Maritime Museum Excursion where you will take a trolley or a leisurely five minute walk to the Columbia River Maritime Museum and meet with the guide for a personalized excursion of the facilities. Learn about the history of crossing the bar, known as one of the toughest and most treacherous routes in maritime history. Witness remnants of some of the 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.
The evening before you experience Astoria, the onboard lecturer, will provide an entertaining and historically significant portrayal of the city and the Lewis and Clark Expedition which took place during the 1800s. At Fort Clatsop, a park ranger will meet with your group to explain its significance and begin a personalized excursion of the grounds. Witness live demonstrations, view the museum, and explore the exact replica of the fort where Lewis and Clark camped in the winter of 1806. Visit the Astoria Column, a majestic tower perched high on a bluff overlooking the city and river. Enjoy outstanding views of the landscape below and the ship as it rests in port.
In the morning, take a scenic journey through Astoria as you journey to Cape Disappointment State Park. Here a park ranger will greet you and serve as the guide through the impressive Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Situated on the cliffs 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the Center commemorates the Corps of Discover's 1804 -1806 expedition. Witness live demonstrations, an interactive film, and a variety of exhibits dedicated to Lewis and Clark. The impressive mural-sized "timeline" panels guide you through the exhibit while featuring many of the actual sketches, paintings, and photographs of the Corps members. This experience perfectly complements Todd Weber's on board Lewis and Clark lectures.

Day 3 | Mount Saint Helens, Washington: Perhaps the most impactful of all landmarks in the region is Mount Saint Helens. From high on an overlook, bear witness to the awesome power of the volcano whose eruption in 1980 scorched 230-square-miles of forest land and forever changed the landscape. On your scenic journey to the Mount Saint Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory, your guide will provide engaging commentary 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.

Day 4 | Cruising the Columbia River Gorge / Stevenson, Washington : The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting through the Cascade Mountain Range with amazing natural contrasts of rain forest and desert, sea-level passage and alpine meadows. As a the largest federally protected National Scenic Area in the United States, the Gorge boasts stunning waterfalls, basalt cliffs, lakes, streams, rivers, and fields of wildflowers.
In the 1800's, Lewis and Clark traveled down the scenic Columbia River Gorge on their journey westward, with the Oregon Trail pioneers following soon after. Today, the area offers a variety history museums and art centers, fine dining, theaters, wineries, many recreational opportunities, as well as some of the most impressive landscapes in the world.
A highlight of any trip to the Pacific Northwest is Multnomah Falls, the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. After breakfast, your private guide will meet you at the ship's dock along the Columbia River Gorge to begin your journey. As you wind through the thick forest, cross the impressive "Bridge of the Gods," before finally reaching Multnomah Falls. Upon arrival, you will have time to explore on your own and walk the famous Benson Bridge to get the best vantage point for your photo opportunities.
Enjoy a self-guided experience 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.
Throughout your journey on the Columbia River, you will transit eight locks, lifting the ship more than 700 feet vertically. Building upon the lectures of the 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.

Day 5 | The Dalles, Oregon : Located between Mount Hood and Mount Adams, The Dalles is famous for being the last stop on the historic Oregon Trail. To the pioneers, the terrain was treacherous; to today's visitors, it is simply stunning. Overlooking the Columbia River Gorge is Cascade Cliffs Winery, the ideal place to spend an afternoon with expert sommeliers enjoying the bounty of the fertile Columbia Valley.
As you step off the ship, you will be greeted by members of the local visitor's center who are dressed in period clothing from the pinnacle days of river boating. The guide will meet you at the ship for a short narrated journey of the town before arriving at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.
Explore the various exhibits that describe the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that helped to create the gorge. The highlight of the center visit includes a unique raptor exhibition where we watch birds of prey put on an aerobatic display and learn about the protected eagles that call the gorge home.
Experience the breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge as you visit the vineyard at Cascade Cliffs Winery, a family-owned business established in 2011. Led by expert sommeliers, experience the winery, stroll through the scenic vineyard, and taste a variety of award-winning Italian-inspired wines.
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.

Day 6 | Pendleton, Oregon / Richland, Washington: Pendleton is known for its beautiful countryside, indigenous Native American tribes, and the network of underground tunnels created a century ago for illicit activities. The area is also famous for its lucrative wool trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit The REACH Museum in Richland which illustrates the culture and history of the region through engaging exhibits, artifacts, and excursions.
Enjoy a scenic ride through the countryside and witness the striking contrast in landscape as you make your way to Pendleton for the day's excursions. Upon arrival, be greeted by the private guide who will take you to explore Pendleton's infamous underground city, followed by a complimentary BBQ lunch at the famous Hamley's Restaurant. In the afternoon, travel to the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, for a look into the storied past of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes. Finally, visit the famous Pendleton Woolen Mill for a visit and the chance to purchase authentic woven goods.
Looking through the lens of The Hanford Reach National Monument and the Columbia River, the REACH Museum illustrates the rich culture and history of Eastern Washington through engaging exhibits, artifacts, and excursions. Featuring over 14,000 square feet of exhibits, the museum claims the only complete baby woolly mammoth skeleton on display.

Day 7 | Clarkston, Washington: Nestled at the convergence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America's deepest gorge, Hells Canyon. Named for William Clark of the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition, the town features beautiful scenic vistas, year-round recreation, an inland seaport rich in history. Follow the footsteps of the pioneers before us as you explore Clarkston's natural bounty and small town charm.
Charter the Hells Canyon Jet Boat and let it 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 will explore places most boats cannot reach on the river and witness the amazing transformation in geography from high desert to alpine forests. View ancient rock formations and native pictographs while your local Clarkston guide provides interesting stories about the region's history and canyon formation. Enjoy a catered luncheon at the exclusive Garden Creek Ranch before heading back to the ship, where you will celebrate your return during the nightly cocktail hour.
Led by an expert guide, take a narrated excursion of the Nez Perce National Historic Park. Hear stories of the Nez Perce tribe, best remembered for having saved the Lewis and Clark Expedition Team from starvation following their journey through the Bitterroot Mountains. Witness preserved sites, stories, and artifacts associated with the Nez Perce tribe. This excursion is only available on cruises ending in Clarkston.

Day 8 | Clarkston, Washington: After breakfast, explore the scenic city of Clarkston at your leisure.

Guest Services

The all-American crew from American Cruise Lines simply provides you with the best possible cruise experience by offering an unsurpassed level of attention. Whether onboard or ashore, each member of the crew will work with you to help accommodate your specific interests, tastes, and needs. Attentive and personalized service is the hallmark of American Cruise Lines.

Food and Dining

Meals are served in the spacious dining salon, which accommodates all passengers at one seating. The day's menu is announced well in advance, and consists of fresh meats and seafood, as well as in-season fruits and vegetables. Special menus are available to passengers on restricted diets. Most special dietary needs can be accommodated, though advance notice. All meals are prepared to order. Coffee, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks are available 24-hours a day.

Onboard Activities/Events

Let American Cruise Lines guide you through the origins and rich traditions of music on America's legendary rivers and waterways. These shores are home to many celebrated styles of music including Country, Jazz, Blues, and Rock n' Roll. Onboard and ashore, enjoy music inspired by each unique region and learn its impact on the development of American music. Also enjoy daily entertainments from historians, naturalists, and local experts that join every cruise. Daily lectures ranging from history to culture to cuisines.
The onboard experts share tales of characters who helped shape the history of America along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, from Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery to Sacajawea and the legendary John Colter. Learn about the stunning eruption of Mount Saint Helens and the leveling of the Columbia River as you transit its many lock and dam systems.

Shore Excursions

The Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise is an exploration for the senses. During your voyage, taste the finest cuisine in the region, view the most spectacular scenery, and hear amazing tales about the rich history of this captivating destination. Shore Excursions include a Fort Clatsop Experience, Cascade Cliffs Wine Tasting, Hells Canyon Jet Boat Signature Visit, and Mount Saint Helens Experience.

Staterooms or Cabins

Grand Suites | This luxurious suite measures over 900 square feet and offers 270 degrees of panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Sliding glass doors lead out to a wrap-around balcony complete with a private dining area, the perfect place to enjoy breakfast room service or watch the sun set. Each suite features a separate bedroom and living area, ideal for gathering with family and friends after an invigorating day of exploration.
Owner's Suites | Offering the finest accommodations with unsurpassed views of the passing scenery. A spectacular 600 square feet of space is your private sanctuary to spread out and make yourself at home. This spacious suite features a full-size bathroom, as well as a separate bedroom and living area. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors let light pour in and allow private panoramic views from every vantage point. An expansive private balcony is a perfect place to savor a calm afternoon or to enjoy breakfast as the sun rises over the riverbank.
Veranda Suites | With a generous 405 square feet of relaxing space, each suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.
AAM Staterooms | Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing river landscapes. At 328 square feet, there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views from every angle.
AAC Staterooms | Conveniently located on the third deck and offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding landscape. At 316 square feet, these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk and full-size bathrooms.
AAL Staterooms | Located on the second deck and offer a luxurious 304 square feet of living space. Each stateroom is equipped with plush seating, full-size bathroom, and a private balcony with large sliding glass doors that offer great views of the Mississippi scenery. These staterooms are the epitome of comfort and relaxation.
AAR Staterooms | Located on the 2nd deck offering complete comfort with approximately 285 square feet of living space, full-size bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead out to a furnished private balcony. These staterooms also feature a large sitting area, ideal for getting together with friends.
AAG Staterooms | Conveniently located on the main deck with easy access to the dining room. At a spacious 304 square feet of living space, each features a full-size bathroom, and a furnished private balcony, offering spectacular views of the passing landscapes. Also included is a writing desk and large sitting area.
Single Staterooms | Perfect for the solo traveler, offering all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 250 square feet, these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.



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