Flowing down from the Rocky Mountains, the Snake and Columbia rivers have long provided a gateway to the Pacific Northwest. As Lewis and Clark would no doubt attest, there's plenty to see and do along the way, from spectacular waterfalls and rapids to cowboy and Native American heritage. Foodies will savor the region's rich food and beverage culture while active travelers will delight in the riverside hiking trails and other outdoor pursuits. There's even a sophisticated big city (Portland) for those who crave urban adventure.
The river cruising season runs from March to November, and the average itinerary lasts seven to nine days, with ports between Portland and Clarkston, Washington.