Columbia River Explorer: An Easy-Paced Riverboat Adventure

Voyage along the Columbia River to learn about its unique history and breathtaking nature. Trace the path of Lewis and Clark, explore the landmarks of Portland and sample local wines.
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Program No. 22612RJ
11 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Float up the Columbia River on a classic riverboat for a one-of-a-kind adventure with minimal exertion and maximal learning! Sail past lush forests and rugged mountains, and trace the route of Lewis and Clark on leisurely excursions. On comfortably paced field trips, experience bountiful vineyards and verdant landscapes, and explore the historic landmarks of Portland — the “City of Roses.” Join experts at renowned museums to learn about the geology, flora and fauna of the Columbia River, and discover the long history of human settlements in the area.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Short distances on mostly paved paths to visit points of interest and museums. Some of the ramps at sites in Portland are relatively steep. Must be able to get on and off motorcoach and on and off jet boat for excursion into Hells Canyon.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the historic sites of the Lewis and Clark expedition, including Fort Clatsop, a replica of the fort built by the expedition where they spent the harsh winter of 1805-1806.
  • Learn about the natural and human history of the magnificent Columbia River in the state-of-the-art Columbia River Maritime Museum.
  • Experience the alluring beauty of the 620-foot Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s tallest waterfall.

General Notes

This program is limited to 24 participants and the ship holds 221 passengers.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Bound for Glory: The Hard-Driving, Truth-Telling Autobiography of America's Great Port-Folk Singer
by Woody Guthrie
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition
by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
A River Lost
by Blaine Harden
People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory
by Bill Mercer
Native Peoples of the Northwest
by Jan Halliday and Gail Chehak
Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River
by William Dietrich
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Fire, Faults & Floods: A Road & Trail Guide Exploring the Origins of the Columbia River
by Marge & Ted Mueller
This handy guidebook offers an overview of the mighty, historic floods that carved the landscapes of Washington and Oregon. It also provides practical information to explore these regions, including maps and illustrations, photographs, and travel tips. This is an excellent resource for understanding the geological features of the Pacific Northwest.

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