The Willamette River starts in one of the most fertile wine producing regions from Oregon before it will flow to the north where will meet the Columbia River. It will separate Portland into western and eastern halves, passing past a few historic neighborhoods or small islands.
The best time for a cruise along the Willamette River is from spring to fall, you will be able to catch a tour during the entire year having a comfortable seat inside as well. You may choose from a quiet affair which will have included a meal, a unique way for celebrating a Portland event or a hair-raising adventure.
Although your experienced guide may choose either one of the sights to highlight, there will be a lot of features which most boat riders will be able to watch. Tourists who will be heading south along the Willamette River toward Oregon City may be rewarded with beautiful sights of the Willamette River. With almost 42-feet high, this cascade will be the largest waterfall in the entire nation. Pay attention for various signs of beavers in the water or the salmon which will swim below. Geese, songbirds or ducks will take advantage of riparian habitat on the shores of this river, as well as a favorite to watch for the official bird of Portland, the great blue heron.
Sailing along the Willamette River by jet boat will perhaps feel a lot like cruising in a sports car than actually a river tour. Having the wind whipping your hair, you will be flying on the Willamette River in an exciting journey. Boats may reach various speeds of up to 40mph, leaving more of the riders to hang on for the turns or bumps. Fast boat maneuvers will splash quite a lot of the river`s water on board the ship, so you will probably have to be prepared to get wet. Willamette Jetboat Excursions will combine bursts of slower travel with fast speed, and when the situation will permit it, experienced guides will talk about various points of interest along the tour.
Cruises with Meals
Extend your cruise tour from a casual sightseeing trip to a beautiful dining experience by taking a cruise tour which will include a meal as well. Cruises might take more then the casual sightseeing tour, and may also tend to include north-western delights on the menus. The cuisine on a Portland Spirit cruises will include salmon filets, jumbo prawns or Dungeness crab. Lunch, brunch or dinner will be all prepared on board and served to you while you will gazing at the scenery.