Un-Cruise Adventures’ Columbia River cruise digs into American history
During the trip, Legacy traverses eight dams and travels 1,000 miles to the Idaho border, allowing passengers to discover life along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Stops along the way include the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; Hells Canyon National Recreation Area; Walla Walla, Washington; and The Dalles and Astoria, Oregon.
The itinerary is specifically structured to retrace the Lewis and Clark expedition, though it winds up providing a detailed history of the entire Pacific Northwest, starting with the first ice age causing floods to devastate the region. Other aspects of history include life on the Oregon Trail, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – home of the world’s first plutonium reactor – and the first sailing vessels to connect the Pacific Ocean with the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon.
Part of Un-Cruise’s Heritage Adventures, the itinerary emphasizes visits to museums and historical sites. For even more in-depth immersion, the crew dress in period costumes and offer nightly presentations about the area’s history. There are even costumes available for passengers’ use.
The Legacy of Discovery itinerary is available from September through November and from March through May. Fares for the cruise include meals, beverages, excursions, transfers, and even an onboard massage.
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