River Cruise: Columbia & Snake Rivers
A river cruise on the Columbia & Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest has been on our bucket list for quite some time.
Well, consider that checked.
Carol and I are just home from a river cruise on the Columbia & Snake rivers sailing with our friends from American Queen Voyages.
Before I write the review about our experience with American Queen Voyages, I thought it might be helpful to discuss why you might consider such a cruise yourself.
Seven Reasons to Consider a Cruise on the Columbia & Snake Rivers
- Beautiful Landscapes – I was unprepared for the beauty we found sailing on the Columbia & Snake Rivers. I shot the photo above as we looked down from The Palouse towards the confluence of the Clearwater & Snake Rivers. And, the photograph to the right is from our ship as we began sailing westward on the Snake River. As we learned from our Riverlorian aboard ship, water carved this whole region from a cataclysmic glacial lake outburst flood at the end of the last ice age. Be sure to click the photographs for larger views.
- Waterfalls – As you proceed down the river, you will have the opportunity to witness a large number of waterfalls. And the granddaddy of them all is the Multnomah Falls located in the Columbia River Gorge.
- Louis & Clark – The explorers Meriwether Lewis and Willam Clark loom large in this region due to their famous expedition, which stretched from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Ocean. Our river cruise caught up with them as they popped out of the mountains to meet the Nez Perce natives who would befriend them and teach them the ways of the land. And of course, this is where Sacagawea joined the expedition to the Pacific with her baby in tow.
- Fresh Salmon – If you enjoy fresh salmon, then this river cruise is for you. While there were many options on our menu each night, I chose to enjoy the fresh local salmon every day. I enjoyed fresh salmon prepared in a variety of ways and also greatly appreciated the fresh smoked salmon we found in native shops along the way.
- Washington & Oregon Wines – If you consider yourself an oenophile, then you are in for a real treat. These rivers are dotted with vineyards, and you’re sure to love Washington’s famous red wines as well as Oregon’s world-renowned pinot noir wines. YUM!
- Towering Volcanoes – Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hood are close to the Columbia River. You can visit both with an optional shore excursion on your cruise. And if you fly home from Seattle, you can capture a wonderful photograph of Mount Rainier from your plane. Carol shot this photograph with my iPhone, looking out from her window seat.
- Close to Home – and perhaps best of all, it’s close to home!
American Queen Voyages is a part of our Virtuoso Voyages program. This means that when you book an American Queen sailing through Roaming Boomers Travel Services, you will receive exclusive complimentary amenities that you wouldn’t get by booking directly with the company.
Additionally, you will also enjoy our hands-on expert service and care for your booking. And, the price is the same booking with us or booking with the company.
For more information or to book an American Queen Voyages cruise, please call Roaming Boomers Travel Services at (480) 550-1235 or use our convenient online information request (click here), and we’ll reach out to you.
Additional Reading: Our Review Sailing with American Queen
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