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Columbia River Gorge

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Clarkston to Portland - 2020 - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard SS Legacy
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Join the SS Legacy on this fantastic 8-day river cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Transit eight locks and enjoy a private tour at the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Observe lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits that shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, and wide-stretching plateaus. Discover the award-winning wines that come out of the Red Mountain AVA. Whitewater rafting, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking opportunities abound as you learn about this area's culture, natural history, Lewis and Clark, and native history via a presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Spokane to Clarkston, Washington | Embark
Day 2 : Hells Canyon
Day 3 : Snake River | Palouse Falls State Park
Day 4 : Deschutes River, Oregon
Day 5 : Rowena Plateau | Columbia River Gorge
Day 6 : Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area | Hood River Valley
Day 7 : Astoria | Ft. Clatsop - Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Day 8 : Portland, Oregon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Join a private tour and sample wine at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
  • Take a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Admire beautiful waterfalls & hike on both sides of the Cascade Mountains
  • Enjoy an incredible Deschutes River whitewater rafting trip

Ship

SS Legacy

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Columbia River Gorge Woman hiking through the forest Columbia River Gorge Kayaking with friends Grapes from a local winery.

Day 1 Spokane to Clarkston, Washington | Embark

Met at the airport in Spokane, Washington, there’s time to sit back and relax on your transfer to the S.S. Legacy in Clarkston. Once on board, your captain and crew help you settle in. Then it’s all champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and sweeping views—a perfect start to your adventure cruise.

Day 2 Hells Canyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The history of this area is as rich as the canyon walls are dense. Delve into it! After breakfast, it’s a treat when a Nez Perce tribe member comes aboard for a special story, song, and music presentation. Nez Perce, Lewis & Clark, early Pioneers— signs of the past tell tales on your jet boat ride into the canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for sure-footed bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old petroglyphs. Hemmed in by vertical cliffs, this free-flowing stretch of the Snake cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge.

Day 3 Snake River | Palouse Falls State Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A technicolor sunrise and chirping birds—follow one of the most scenic parts of the Snake toward the Palouse River and watch the world wake. Drop anchor and gear up. The essentials of the day—kayaks, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binocs, too (there are great birding and views). At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike above the canyon to view the falls—which according to tribal legend, were born after a gallant fight with a mythic creature. Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River.

Day 4 Deschutes River, Oregon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick to start with a shallow wet landing on the beach. Choose whitewater with a Deschutes rafting adventure. Class II and III+ rapids come with names like Elevator and Surf City. Rafting guides provide the gear (including optional wetsuits) and expertise; your ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch. Stick to dry land and visit the Columbia Hills State Park on foot or, if weather permits, by skiff. Take a dip in a lazy section of the river, and let the sunshine dry you up after a swim. Along the river’s edge, listen to the rustle of cottonwoods. Swap stories with your shipmates over sunset cocktails and appetizers.

Day 5 Rowena Plateau | Columbia River Gorge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, wide-stretching plateaus. At Rowena Overlook, it’s boots-on-the-ground exploration. Opt for a 2-mile round trip hike to the crest of Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Your reward: expansive views in every direction—including the river far below. Or, choose the steeper, 3.6-mile round trip Tom McCall Point trail. On a cloudless day, your effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River GorgeOUS! Post-hike, fuel up. There’s time to cycle or stroll along the Twin Tunnels Trail—a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway or explore downtown Hood River on your own. Art galleries, boutique shops, and wine tasting are all options.

Day 6 Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area | Hood River Valley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gateway to the gorge. Slip through the Bonneville Dam locks, then head behind the scenes at the visitor center. You’re in luck with a private tour of its massive turbines and fish ladders. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Snap a few photos before big adventure: a bike and wine outing. Pedal and taste your way through the Hood River Valley accompanied by local guides. Quaint shops, bountiful orchards, boutique wineries—it’s all worth stopping for. Hop off your bike* for visits with the locals and wine tastings on sunny patios. Back on the saddle again, feel the breeze in your face as you wind your way on backcountry roads through this perfectly pastoral countryside. On board, rest up from a full day with a good soak in the hot tub. * A shuttle is available for guests who prefer not to ride bikes.

Day 7 Astoria | Ft. Clatsop - Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dock in charming, Victorian downtown Astoria then you’re off to Ft. Clatsop, the winter fort of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Check out the exhibits and follow trails to the replica fort or take a low/no elevation walk from the visitor center to view replica dugout canoes. For a longer but easy hike, a one-mile trail along the Lewis and Clark River leads to an outdoor viewing area highlighting the landscape and stories described in the journals of Lewis & Clark. Hard chargers can take a 7-mile, one-way hike on the Fort to Sea Trail through forest, fields, and dunes. Whichever you opt for, everyone experiences Ft. Clatsop and beach walks. Back downtown, explore on your own, walk the waterfront trail, and/or visit the Astoria Column. Afterwards, set sail up river and see what delectable treats your chef and crew have in store for the evening—a nibble from a local harvest.

Day 8 Portland, Oregon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
One last fresh scone or omelet. Then wish your travel mates farewell. Your transfer waits to the Portland airport for your flight home.

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