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Columbia & Snake

The Columbia and Snake Rivers wind their ways through the Pacific Northwest via rolling landscapes of hills, mountains, and deep gorges. Ther banks of the Columbia and Snake Rivers are home to wild bison and elk, which you may be able to spot grazing along the water's edge.

Follow in the historic footsteps of Lewis and Clark and discover everything these Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises have to offer.

Columbia River Cruises

The Columbia river actually rises in Canada and goes on a 1,200-mile journey before it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Once it enters the American state of Washington, it travels past many points of interest including; the Sacajawea National Park, the spectacular Cascade Mountains and the historic cities of Portland and Astoria.

In Portland, Oregon you'll find the beautiful Japanese Garden and the St Johns suspension bridge, whilst Astoria houses the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Astoria Column - a brilliant historic monument.

Snake River Cruises

The Snake is the largest tributary of the Columbia river and was created through volcanic activity from a hotspot which lies directly under Yellowstone National Park. Living up to its name, the Snake then slithers through rugged mountains and flat plains; helping to create a very diverse and captivating landscape. It finally joins with the Columbia in the Tri-Cities region of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland.

Most of these trips are operated by the American Queen Steamboat Company, who offer tours through the heart of the USA. And if you would like to explore more of the rivers in North America then we also have many upper and lower Mississippi river cruises available, as well as tours of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers.

Columbia factfile

  • The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America
  • The length of the Columbia River is approximately 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles)
  • It is also the largest hydroelectric power producing river in North America with fourteen hydroelectric dams in the two nations it traverses

Snake factfile

  • The length of the Snake River is approximately 1,735 kilometers (1,078 miles). It is the 9th longest river in the United States
  • A total of fifteen dams have been constructed along the Snake River for a multitude of different purposes
  • Shoshone Falls is a waterfall on the Snake River in southern Idaho, approximately 4.8 kilometers (3 miles) northeast of the city of Twin Falls
  • The river was explored by Europeans for the first time as part of the Canadian fur trade

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