American Cruise Line Creates New National Parks Itinerary

American Cruise Lines has created a brand new 15-Day National Parks & Legendary Rivers itinerary for 2023.

Following successful product testing this year, the itinerary will be the country’s largest land-cruise package and the first-ever coupling of a river cruise with the mountain states’ national parks.

Operating between Portland, Oregon, and Jackson, Wyoming, American’s National Parks & Legendary Rivers itinerary includes an eight-Day cruise, a special Jet Boat adventure in Hells Canyon, and a seven-Day land exploration through Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks.

Next year, guests will begin their National Parks & Legendary Rivers journey along the Columbia and Snake Rivers as they re-trace the epic route traveled by Lewis & Clark. Along both rivers, American’s guests can immerse themselves in the history of the famous expedition, and admire breathtaking landscapes of the diverse passing scenery which changes dramatically throughout the journey—from splendid views of the Pacific in Astoria to lush alpine meadows to high desert canyons to the picturesque sight of snow-capped Mt. Hood.

Guests will also enjoy guided immersive experiences both on board and on shore each day—diverse opportunities include active excursions like kayaking along the Columbia River Gorge to more relaxing experiences such as wine tastings at local wineries along the Hood River.

As the adventure continues on land, guests journey onward into the National Parks where they can explore the Parks’ magnificent glacier-carved peaks and valleys, dense ancient forests, and pristine turquoise lakes. Guests will experience Yellowstone’s world-famous geyser, Old Faithful, and be able to enjoy firsthand the majestic wildlife that still freely roams in Grand Teton National Park today. Special highlights include an exhilarating Jet Boat ride through Hells Canyon; visits to Mammoth Hot Springs, Lake MacDonald, and Jenny Lake; plus overnights in scenic Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and breathtaking Jackson, Wyoming.

American Cruise Lines has created a brand new 15-Day National Parks & Legendary Rivers itinerary for 2023.

All American’s Columbia & Snake and Mississippi River cruises include a complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay in every departure city across the country. Everything on board American’s ships is included (all fine dining, snacks, drinks, cocktails, evening entertainment, and daily enrichment & lectures), while there are also included shore excursions in nearly all ports, as well as some premium experiences which are available for additional fees.

The National Parks portion of the itinerary includes a dedicated American Cruise Lines’ adventure guide leading guests throughout their entire journey; accommodations in centrally located hotels; transportation to the parks each day; park entrance fees and fully curated experiences within the parks; all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner); and transportation at the conclusion of the adventure to the airport in Jackson, Wyoming.

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Nick Walton

Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a leading travel and lifestyle journalist, magazine editor, publisher, photographer, travel commentator, and media trainer, based in Hong Kong. He is also managing editor of Artemis Communications, the titles of which include Ultimate Encounters, Alpha Men Asia, and The Art of Business Travel.

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