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Northwest river cruises

Mike & Donna's verdict:

The Pacific Northwest is home to two of America’s most beautiful rivers, the Snake River and Columbia River, both with jaw-dropping scenery. Alongside natural wonders like the country’s deepest river gorge at Hells Canyon, and the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge, man-made marvels like the Bonneville Dam will take your breath away.

Recommended tour operator: North American Highways

Zodiac excursionWine tastingExceptional sceneryJet boat trip

North American Highways says

America’s northwest – specifically the states of Washington and Oregon – boasts some of the country’s greenest and most picturesque scenery, best viewed from its mighty rivers.

Join a small cruise ship for this relaxing week-long meander along the Columbia River and Snake River and you’ll fall in love with the region.

Step on board the Safari Legacy in Portland, Oregon, to find a welcome glass of champagne from the charming crew and a delicious first-night dinner on board. With a maximum of just 88 guests on board, and the feel of a Victorian steamboat, you’ll soon feel at home.

Enjoy a private tour and tasting at an exclusive Washington winery, transit eight locks along the Columbia River Gorge, take a jet boat ride in to Hells Canyon (the deepest river gorge in the USA), marvel at the Multnomah Falls in Oregon and tour Bonneville Dam Visitor Centre.

You will also learn about Lewis and Clark, pioneers of the Oregon Trail, and glimpse some of the prolific wildlife.

These cruises operate between March and May, and between September and November (think of those Fall colours).

Make the most of your time out west by adding on one of our Oregon or Washington self-drive holidays – our knowledgeable team will help create the perfect itinerary for you.

Find out more about our Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise.

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