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A Train, A Paddle wheeler, Two Mountains & The Columbia River


Featuring the Hood River Railroad, the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, and three nights on the shores of the Columbia River


  • Full-day guided excursion to Mt. St. Helens
  • Ride a century-old short line railroad with snow-capped views of Mt. Hood
  • Explore Hood River; visit Packer Orchards and Multnomah Falls
  • 3 nights at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn - rooms with a view of the river
  • Dinner cruise on the Columbia River, lunch at the Columbia Gorge Hotel
  • 7 meals; 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Portland
  • Door-to-door airport transportation
  • 2250/2550 Gold Passport Points



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Sacramento this morning on your one-hour hop to Portland. Our first stop is at Multnomah Falls, Oregon's tallest at over 600 feet! Then it's on to the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel for lunch. Time permitting you might wish to walk around the grounds after dining, as it's one of the most beautiful spots on the river. A brief tour will acquaint you with Hood River, full of quaint shops and eateries. Your hotel is the finest in the area, with rooms sporting a view of the Columbia River. There is a restaurant on property. Best Western Plus Hood River Inn - 3 nights (L)

Day 2

Breakfast at your leisure is included each morning. Join us for the guided trip ip the mountain to the Timberline Lodge for great views and lunch. Along the way we'll stop at Packer Orchards so you can get some of the berry goodness produced right here in the valley. Return mid-afternoon and enjoy some free time ar your hotel on the river. (FB, L)

Day 3

Mt. Hood is part of The Cascade Mountains, a volcanic chain stretching from the Canadian border to Mt. Lassen in northern California. See the mountain today from your seat on board the Mt. Hood Railroad on an excursion through the Hood River Valley. Leaving the valley floor you will cross and ride along 3 miles of the lower main fork of the Hood River. You'll navigate a 3% grade that takes you on one of only five switchbacks remaining in the United States. All aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a two-hour dinner cruise this evening. The Chef will delight you with a seasonal menu, featuring local ingredients, while Captain Tom shares the history and folklore that makes the Gorge unique. (FB, D) 

Day 4

Today we cross the river into Washington on our way to Mt. St. Helens. The mountain last erupted in 1980, and is the most likely of the Cascade Mountain to erupt again in our lifetimes. Our guide will tell the story of the mountain, what caused it to erupt, and why it could happen again. Hear the legend of Harry Truman - not the president - but the man who lived (and died) on the mountain. Our flight back to Sacramento departs in the early evening. (FB, L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Monday, June 12, 2023 to Thursday, June 15, 2023

4 Days, 7 Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner


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