Thursday, November 8, 2007

Columbia River Cruise Traces Lewis & Clark Route

When I first started researching cruises, it didn't even occur to me that there might be ships cruising waterways in my own backyard (I live in Washington state), unless you count the big megaships sailing out of Seattle for Alaska. But I wasn't thinking about river cruises, and we do indeed have some of those in the Pacific Northwest.

If you like the idea of a cruise that is more about relaxation and exploring American history than constant entertainment in the Caribbean, then a cruise that meanders along the Columbia and Snake Rivers might be perfect for you.

Portland Spirit's Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Company offers a cool cruise that lets you explore the geography, history, and cuisine of the area:

"Step on board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler and experience history, legend, delicious northwest cuisine and riverboat hospitality. Our captains provide narration on Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, Bridge of the Gods, and riverboats. Join us for a relaxing river cruise and enjoy the sights and history of the Columbia River Gorge."

And you get to do it in a nifty looking ship too.

This particular cruise outfit looks like it only does day cruises on the Columbia, but there are also week-long adventures that sail through both the Columbia and Snake rivers available through the Majestic America Line (the folks who do the Mississippi River cruises I mentioned a while back).

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