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The Path of Lewis and Clark

 


One departure only
September 12 - 24, 2011
13 - Days From $3,995. pp


DAY
Day 1
Depart Los Angeles Union Station LD
  Depart Los Angeles and all California points aboard the vintage train via the Coast Route of the Union Pacific, welcome reception & dinner .
Day 2 Arrive Seattle Washington BLTD
  This morning we travel through the Cascade Mountains before our arrival in Seattle this evening and transfer to the Warwick Hotel for a three night stay .
Day 3 Seattle Washington
D
  Morning sightseeing, afternoon at leisure, overnight in Seattle. A casual welcome dinner tonight in the ‘Emerald City’.
Day 4 Seattle Washington
B
  All day at your own pace to enjoy the beautiful city with time to visit nearby Pikes Market, Pioneer Square or the Space Needle. Overnight at the Warwick Hotel.
Day 5 Portland Oregon
  A scenic trip this morning aboard the Talgo train brings us to Portland with all afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ‘City of Roses’ and plenty of time to explore unique and very historic city .
Day 6 Queen of the West
BD
  We have all day to visit the beautiful city of Portland. Situated between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland has flourished throughout history with the fortunes of the great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed Portland’s busy waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water . Today big city excitement, combined with small town charm, make Portland one of the favorite destinations in the West. Highlights include the Portland Art Museum, International Rose Test Garden and the famous Powell’s Bookstore, filling an entire city block.
Day 7 Astoria Oregon
BLD
  A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and today showcases more than 70 Victorian-era homes in its unique historic district. In the winter of 1805-06 the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site, following Clark’s own sketches, and was eventually named a National Monument. At Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center , get a comprehensive overview of the Corp’s entire expedition.
Day 8 Ranier Oregon
BLD
  Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. From Rainier , travel to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. At the nearby observatory and interpretive center , look right into the volcanic crater with its steaming dome, and witness first hand the destructive power and damage caused by this volcanic blast in 1980.
Day 9 The Columbia River Gorge BLD
  Eighty miles long and up to four thousand feet deep, the Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. A popular recreational destination, the gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area called the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed by the United States Forest Service. The cliffs of the awe-inspiring Gorge look down on quaint riverfront towns and exhilarating windsurfing waters. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge.
Day 10 Stevenson Washington
BLD
  In the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the ship will transit the Bonneville Lock and Dam to reach the port of Stevenson. At the Bonneville Dam Visitors Center , learn about the workings of the massive turbine generators behind this imposing hydroelectric power source. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center showcases the area's unique cultural and historical diversity , from the Native American tribes that inhabited the Gorge, to Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers.
Day 11 Pendleton Oregon
BLD
  Journey to Pendleton and get a taste of the real west watching working cowboys at the world-famous Pendleton Roundup and learn of the coming of the pioneers from the perspective of the Native Americans at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. At the Fort Walla Walla Museum, wander through a pioneer settlement composed of original cabins, railroad depot, livery stable and more. Stop at a local winery to hear an expert winemaker explain how local growing conditions are ideal for growing superb grapes while sampling the local wine.
Day 12 Scenic River Cruising
BLD
  Our final day on the river to just relax and collect the wonderful memories captured on this unique river cruise. It’s a souvenir that will stay with you forever; this picture of America’s River Road that unfolded before you just as it did more than two centuries ago for Lewis and Clark.
Day 13 Clarkston Washington B
  The twin cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington, are known as the Northwest’s most inland seaports. Here, along the Snake River , you’ll find Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. The canyon is known for its pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery. View ancient Indian petroglyphs and magnificent wildlife.
Upon arrival, guests depart the boat and are transferred to downtown Spokane and their connecting travel home.

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