Lewis & Clark on the Columbia: A Classic River Voyage

Learn about the arduous journey of Lewis and Clark as you follow in their wake, but with the modern comforts of a small ship! Plus, explore cultural landmarks and museums along the way!
Program No. 24066RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

The members of the Lewis and Clark expedition voyaged in canoes along the Snake and Columbia Rivers over 200 years ago. Explore the same breathtaking waters surrounded by spectacular mountains and canyons, but leave the rugged boats of Lewis and Clark behind for the modern amenities of a comfortable small ship: the SS Legacy. Sail nearly 1,000 miles, discovering lands forged by volcanoes and washed by catastrophic floods. Learn about the adventure of Lewis and Clark from an expert, visit museums and historical sites and explore Portland’s unique culture.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Columbia River during a visit to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum.
  • An expert on the Corps of Discovery offers an in-depth exploration of Lewis and Clark’s expedition while stopping at various sites where they made camp.
  • Between fascinating land excursions, relax with all the comfort and amenities that the small ship SS Legacy has to offer!
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.
Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River
by William L. Lang and Robert C. Carriker
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.
People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory
by Bill Mercer
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition
by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River
by Robin Cody
Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River
by William Dietrich
From Sea to Shining Sea
by James Alexander Thom
Bound for Glory
by Woody Guthrie

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