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Follow the rugged Lewis and Clark Trail Aboard American Cruise Lines Queen of the West.
Soft adventure and breathtaking scenery. Add regional wine and local craft beer and I couldn’t resist. Without hesitation (and a four-day Amtrak train journey from Florida) I hopped aboard American Cruise Lines paddlewheeler, the Queen of the West in Portland, Oregon for a 7-night Columbia and Snake River cruise. First cruise for me on an American river.
The staff and crew were wonderful, the small paddlewheeler was charming and the scenery…astounding. I brushed up on a little Lewis and Clark history and learned so much more about the Pacific Northwest as we slowly cruised towards Idaho and the Snake River.
Here’s my photo tour of the Queen of the West, interspersed with snapshots of scenery that you have to experience to believe. I had no idea what to expect in this part of our country.
Eventually all good things must end and so it was time to leave the Queen of the West and head north to Spokane, Washington and catch my Amtrak train home.
For more information about this cruise on the Columbia River, visit: American Cruise Lines.
Disclosure: I was a guest of American Cruise Lines aboard the Queen of the West, but all opinions are my own.
Photo credit: Sherry Laskin
I’m the editor and creator of CruiseMaven.com and self-appointed expert on cruising, trains and solo travel. Sharing my cruise and travel experiences, I hope to entertain, inform and inspire you to travel the world without flying. Always stop for a glass of wine and a good meal along the way.
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Twenty-five years ago, I decided to travel the world without flying - only ocean ships, river ships and trains. I’ve visited amazing destinations, tasted local cuisine and discovered new traditions and cultures.
I hope to inspire you to travel the world without flying and remember, "Travel slow, travel far and enjoy a fabulous meal and a glass of wine along the way!"