Vancouver WA is a Columbia River cruise port and city in Washington USA (Clark County), as well as Portland Oregon's largest suburb (population over 160,000). The Portland-Vancouver metro area is ranked the USA's 23rd largest (total population of around 2,5 million).
The town was founded in 1825 as a fur-trade outpost. It is located on the state border Washington-Oregon, and north of Portland OR. City's current-day economy is based on larger employers like PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (community hospital), Evergreen Public Schools (district), Vancouver Public Schools (district), Fred Meyer (hypermarket superstores chain), The Vancouver Clinic, BNSF Railway (North America's largest freight railroad network), Kaiser Permanente (Oakland CA-based care consortium), Clark College (campus), Washington State University (campus).
As a cruise port, Vancouver WA is a homeport (departure port) in the schedule of American Empress - 2003-built paddlewheel riverboat owned by AQSB (American Queen Steamboat Company). The next table shows the ship's 8-day itinerary (Clarkston to Vancouver) with prices from ~USD 2300 pp.
|Date / Time||Port|
|09-10 Apr (overnight)||Departing from Clarkston, Washington|
|11 Apr||Richland, Washington|
|12 Apr||Snake River|
|13 Apr||The Dalles, Oregon|
|14 Apr||Stevenson, Washington|
|15 Apr||Astoria, Oregon|
|16 Apr||Arriving in Vancouver, Washington|
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