Spring brings the beginning of the cruise season for the Columbia and Snake River region in the Pacific Northwest. Every week from April 17th through October 17th, small cruise ships navigate the locks and dams that tame the Mighty Columbia River as they usher guests deep into the Columbia River Gorge. While most river cruises carry you past urban centers and crowded shorelines, much of the Columbia and Snake Rivers remain pristine and wild. You can clearly see
evidence of the great floods that carved this region thousands of years ago in the breathtakingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge, the golden coulees and scablands, the great black pinnacles of basalt that guided explorers, Lewis & Clark. You’ll find the past and present coexist here, from Oregon Trail wagon ruts to the modern engineering marvel of eight locks and dams.
Adventurous shore excursions entice all ages: jet boat rides up the Snake River through Hells Canyon to view 7,000 year old Indian petroglyphs, wandering the hidden underground city built by Chinese emigrants below Pendelton as well as fascinating historical and maritime museums, lush wineries and quaint riverside towns.
Throughout these cruises, the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer history is brought to life with a special series of excursions, guest speakers, narrations and on-board presentations by historians and exloration leaders. More than just sightseeing, these cruises incorporate American music, culture, cuisine and local history into a total travel experience. The small ships that cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers are intimate and family oriented, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Touch, breathe and experience first-hand the unique history of the Columbia River Gorge . Contact Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours & Cruises at 1-800-975-7775 or email [email protected] for more information on these and other cruises in the Pacific Northwest.