This spring, we will be traveling to the beautiful State of Oregon, from Portland to Crater Lake to its exquisite coast. We will take a dune buggy ride in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area; enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride up the Rogue River; tour Lewis and Clark sites at Fort Clatsop and Cape Disappointment; see picturesque lighthouses; and explore the spectacular Oregon coast. We hope you can join us next spring on this exciting new tour!
Saturday, May 14
Gather with staff and fellow travelers for our welcome dinner.
Overnight Hampton Inn & Suites Pearl-Portland
Sunday, May 15
Today we will drive to the foot of Mount Hood where we will walk the Trillium Lake Nature Trail. We will continue to the beautiful historic Timberline Lodge for lunch and a guided tour. Dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937, this WPA lodge was built and furnished by local artisans during the Great Depression. Overnight at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Monday, May 16
We will begin the morning at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum whose exhibits include one on the Lewis & Clark Expedition and their supplies and equipment. We will learn about raptors (hawks, owls and eagles) at a raptor demonstration followed by lunch.
Proceed to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument's Lava Lands’ Visitor Center for a walk through a lava flow. O/N La Pine Best Western Newberry Station
Tuesday, May 17
Soak up the beauty of Crater Lake National Park. This ancient caldera, measuring 36 cliff-lined miles in circumference and 6 miles across, was formed by the eruption and ensuing collapse of Mt. Mazama almost 7,700 years ago. We will drive the crater’s rim road, making stops at various viewpoints to soak in breathtaking views of this iconic northwestern feature. Overnight Riverside Inn, Grants Pass
Wednesday, May 18
At Grant’s Pass, we will take a thrilling jet boat ride up the wild and scenic Rogue River through Hells Gate.
Continue to Bandon Oregon and check into our hotel for the night.
Overnight Bandon Inn
Thursday, May 19
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. We will take a giant dune buggy ride over the mountains of sand. En route to Newport, we will stop at Cape Perpetua for a nature walk.
Check into our Newport hotel for a two-night stay. Newport has one of the most famous bridges on the Oregon coast; a long, graceful span designed by Conde McCullough in the 1930s.
O/N Best Western Agate Beach Inn
Friday, May 20
Begin the day with a visit to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse built in 1873.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a top tourist attraction on the Oregon coast and unarguably one of the finest aquariums on the West Coast. We will walk through an outdoor aviary with tufted puffins and watch sea otters frolic in outdoor pools, before reaching the fascinating tanks within. This is an excellent place to learn about the sea creatures that inhabit the waters along the Oregon coast. O/N Best Western Agate Beach Inn
Saturday, May 21
Check out of our Newport hotel and travel north. At Tillamook, we will stop at their unique Air Museum housed inside a WWII-era blimp hangar that is one of the largest clear-span wooden structures in the world.
We will spend the balance of the day exploring the magnificent Oregon coast with short walks and stops at numerous viewpoints. From atop Neahkahnie Mountain, we’ll gaze at the views of an endless coast of white waves that stretch for miles to the south. We’ll visit Ecola State Park and at Cannon Beach we will to see and photograph one of Oregon’s most famous landmarks, Haystack Rock.
We will spend two nights in Astoria, the oldest North American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. O/N Holiday Inn Express, Astoria
Sunday, May 22
Today will be devoted to sites pertaining to Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.
In November of 1805, the Corps of Discovery finally reached the mouth of the mighty Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. We’ll visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center which stands on the cliffs of Cape Disappointment State Park, 200 feet above the pounding Pacific surf. We’ll tour the exhibits and visit the glassed-in observation deck that affords fabulous views of the river, headlands and ocean.
At Fort Clatsop, a park ranger will lead us on a private tour of the grounds. We will see live demonstrations, tour the museum and explore a replica of the fort where Lewis and Clark wintered in 1806. We’ll stop to see the Astoria Column, a majestic tower perched high on a bluff overlooking the city and the Columbia River. O/N Holiday Inn Express, Astoria
Monday, May 23
This morning, we will head east to Silver Lake, WA to the Mount Saint Helens Visitor Center to learn about its devastating 1980 eruption and see the aftermath.
We will proceed to Portland where we will toast our NW adventure at this evening's farewell dinner.
O/N Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
Tuesday, May 24
* Services of a Tour Manager
* 10 nights hotel accommodations
* Transportation on a full-sized coach
* All admissions and excursions; private tours where possible
* Two wine/beer receptions; daily breakfasts; x lunches; x dinners
* All taxes, baggage handling and gratuities; pre-trip notes, reading list and map book
COST: 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS
Double Occupancy: $3,895 per person
Single Occupancy: $4,650
(NOTE: All costs are based on a minimum of 20 participants.)