Great Family Adventures: Lindblad's 'Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

    Photo: Courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions

HIGHLIGHTS: When kids learn about Lewis and Clark, they get fascinated. Something about those legendary voyagers captures their imaginations, leaving them wanting to know more—and to go places. Satisfy their hunger for exploration with this Lindblad journey that, aboard National Geographic vessels, retraces part of Meriwether and William’s route and visits their campsites. Highlights include kayaking the estuary wetlands of Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge, visiting early-1800s Fort Clatsop, and strolling museums that showcase the region’s history. At Cascade Locks, stand on deck as the boat passes through eight locks that raise the ship almost 10 times as high as the Panama Canal. An onboard geologist provides context as your cruise navigates by mountains and gorges, past basalt cliffs and Palouse Falls, and into stunning Hells Canyon. Locally sourced food sustains you as you partake in the opportunities for hiking, paddling, and cycling.

OUTFITTER: Founded in the 1950s by explorer Lars-Eric Lindblad—often called the father of eco-tourism—Lindblad now partners with National Geographic to offer educational boat-based expeditions all over the world.

ITINERARY: Portland to Astoria, the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Palouse River, and Clarkston, Washington.

DATES: Various departure dates in September and October.

PRICE: Starting at $4,390 per person, including overnight accommodations onboard the ship, most meals, shore excursions, guidance and expedition services, entrance fees, use of kayaks and other gear, taxes, and most gratuities.

INFO: expeditions.com, (800) 397-3348.

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