Meandering through the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia and Snake Rivers are home to beautiful scenery, landscapes and a range of wildlife. Bison and elk live along the river banks and may be spotted coming for a drink or to graze. A variety of other creatures can also be spotted. Along the horizon, you will see breath-taking mountains, mystifying forests, and endless rolling hills.
The Columbia River rises in Canada and flows for over 1,900 km to the Pacific Ocean. On the way, it passes through Washington, where you will find the San Juan Islands, the Olympic Peninsula, the Cascade Mountains and the Hoh Rainforest. There region is home to incredible scenery and unbeatable views.Our cruises will also take you to the cities of Portland and Astoria, known for landmarks such as the Japanese Garden and St John’s Suspension Bridge in Portland and the Astoria Column and Columbia Maritime Museum in Astoria. And don’t forget to stop for a cup of Portland’s famous coffee to refresh you for the rest of your trip.
The Snake River is the largest tributary of the Columbia River. It was created through volcanic activity from a hotspot hidden under Yellowstone National Park. The Snake lives up to its name, twisting and turning through diverse landscapes including mighty mountains and pleasant plains. It joins with the Columbia River at the tri-city region of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, giving you time to explore all these amazing cities have to offer.
The majority of our Columbia and Snake River cruises are operated by the American Queen Steamboat Company. It is the perfect opportunity to discover the history of America and explore everything, from the hidden natural beauties to impressive and lively cities.
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