For a real treat on a vacation to the Pacific Northwest, take a Columbia River Cruise, traveling through upper Oregon and into Washington. Your trip will be one that will leave you spellbound, traversing parts of the countryside that can be seen in no other way in its natural beauty.
More than 100 years ago explorers Lewis and Clark made their way down the treacherous Columbia Gorge in canoes and on foot. Today travelers can enjoy the same breathtaking scenery from the comfort of a yacht, sternwheeler, or jet boat.
Types of Cruises
Taking a riverboat cruise or boat tour on the Columbia provides access to some of the most scenic landscape in the Pacific Northwest, traversing the waterway where it forms the border between Oregon and Washington States.
What you will See
The 80-mile expanse known as the Columbia River Gorge is an example of the spectacular beauty, historic landmarks, and diverse plant and wildlife that make the Pacific Northwest special. Some highlights visitors can experience on a cruise include magnificent Bonneville Dam, the sheer cliffs of Hell’s Canyon, the underground tunnels near Pendleton, and Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark spent their expedition’s last winter.
Book a Cruise
Many riverboat cruise companies are available in the Columbia River Gorge area offering a wide variety of options from narrated day cruises, to brunch or dinner excursions, to full seven-day tours of the entire Gorge.