Voyage of Discovery: Celebrating the Bicentennial of Lewis and Clark

  • Note: This alumni adventure is sold out; waitlist now open.

  • September 10th through 17th, 2005
  • Registration deadline: August 1st, 2005
  • Capacity: 20
  • Cost: $2450.00

Photo Album from this adventure

Journey through History

You’ll board the faithfully recreated 19th-century sternwheeler steamship, Queen of the West, in Portland, Oregon, and begin the westward journey cruising downriver in the Columbia Gorge. The lush scenic grandeur of the Pacific Northwest impressed Lewis and Clark when they first arrived in late October 1805; you too will revel in the stunning beauty of this region. On shore, aboard deluxe motor coaches, you will visit many scenic and historic attractions, national parks, museums, and riverside communities, such as Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804–05. A renowned local Lewis and Clark historian will help you fully celebrate the bicentennial of the trailblazing expedition.

Historic Recreation

Like sternwheelers of the past, the Queen of the West is propelled solely by a three-story-high churning paddlewheel. Her 45-foot-long bow ramp allows passengers to go ashore anywhere along the river, much as the 19th-century vessels did.


Public rooms and staterooms have large windows so you never miss the scenery along the river. Each passenger cabin faces the river.


Robert Bonner, Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of History, emeritus, has been at Carleton since 1967 as a history department faculty member and, from 1992 to 1995, as dean of students. During his career, his teaching interests shifted from English and European history to the the American West. He has consulted on a federal reclamation project in Wyoming and taught courses on the history of American public land and American Indian history. Bonner has published and lectured on a variety of topics about the American West, including water and development, and is currently at work on a book about Bill Cody. Bonner’s wife, Barbara, will accompany him.

Pricing and Cancellation Policy

Our special group rates for their First Class Stateroom (category C) cabins are significantly lower than retail rates. If you register by December 13, you will receive our early bird special rate of $2250 per person double occupancy ($3600 single). After December 13, the rate increases slightly to $2350 ($3700 single). Balances will be due on June 13, 2005.

PLEASE NOTE: Payment of balances due will be by check. We cannot accept credit cards for balances due.


Up to 90 days before departure: $100 cancellation fee
60-89 days: 25% of total fare
45-59 days: 50% of total fare
30-44 days: 75% of total fare
Less than 30 days: 100% of fare

Airline Arrangements

American West Travel will be happy to assist you with scheduling your flight into Portland, OR. Your plane must land by noon on September 10. The boat will embark at app. 3:00 p.m. For those who wish to extend their stay in Portland, American West also has rooms available at a local hotel. Call Betty Voiland at 800-358-8854 ext. 1 for details.

Related Links

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Deck Plans & Layout

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