In conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, Visit Vancouver USA is proud to announce the American Empress as the recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Tourism Award. The award recognizes the achievements of an individual, business, attraction or event that has successfully attracted tourists to the area.

Since 2014, the American Empress has homeported at the Vancouver Landing, bringing thousands of visitors from around the world to Vancouver USA for nine-day cruises on the Columbia River. It is the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi, accommodating up to 223 guests.

Of course, you don't have to hit the water to enjoy the spring sunshine currently enveloping Vancouver USA. Experience a few of our top picks below, and share your favorite photos with us on social media by tagging #DiscoverVanUSA.