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Program #16188RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
6,178 feet is the highest elevation participants will experience.

Itinerary for Sep 20 — Sep 29, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel is perched along Lake Mayes near the Columbia River, offering bird-watching pleasures as well as ready access to downtown Portland, 10 miles away. Walking path nearby.

Contact info:
11518 NE Glenn Widing Drive
Portland, OR 97220 USA
phone: 503-252-2222
web: www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-portland-oregon-OR166

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable/satellite, TV, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, microwave, high speed Internet access, clock radio and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, hot tub, exercise room, business center, on-site guest laundry, meeting rooms and complimentary airport shuttle. Hotel is handicap accessible.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly
The hotel offers a special rate for participants, based upon availability. Make reservations by calling 503-252-2222 for early arrivals or stay-overs. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, September 20 - Welcome to Oregon!
Arrive To: Welcome to the beginning of an exciting educational journey through some of the most outstanding scenery in the U.S.- sparkling rivers, surging ocean waves, a 6-mile wide caldera and the underground world of a marble cave. Meet your Road Scholar group leaders in the hotel meeting space at 4:00 PM. Orientation begins at 4:45 PM.

Dinner: A buffet dinner will be served in our meeting space at the hotel, followed by a chance to make new acquaintances.

Evening: Take a close look at our plans for the next 9 days. Our group leaders have a wealth of information to share.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Adobe sits just feet above the waves. Each room has an ocean view, and the sound of the crashing surf and cavorting seagulls will lull you to sleep.

Contact info:
1555 Highway 101
Yachats, OR 97498 USA
phone: 541-547-3141
web: www.adoberesort.com

Room amenities: Rooms come equipped with televisions, full bathrooms, telephone, microwave, and refrigerator. Accessible rooms available.

Facility amenities: The resort features an indoor pool, sauna, exercise room, lounge and restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, September 21 - Lighthouses, sea lions and surf! The Oregon Coast...
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Our trek down the Oregon Coast, with it's ever-changing spectacular viewpoints, begins as we travel to Newport, stopping at Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

Lunch: Lunch at Izzy's with a variety of choices.

Afternoon: Prepare for our upcoming beach explorations with a trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Walk through acrylic tunnels surrounded by several feet of sea water and come face to face with large sharks, rockfish and bat rays. Explore the many exhibits and enjoy the charming sea life of the northwest coast.

Dinner: Arrive in Yachats and enjoy dinner overlooking the waves.

Lodging: Adobe Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Adobe sits just feet above the waves. Each room has an ocean view, and the sound of the crashing surf and cavorting seagulls will lull you to sleep.

Contact info:
1555 Highway 101
Yachats, OR 97498 USA
phone: 541-547-3141
web: www.adoberesort.com

Room amenities: Rooms come equipped with televisions, full bathrooms, telephone, microwave, and refrigerator. Accessible rooms available.

Facility amenities: The resort features an indoor pool, sauna, exercise room, lounge and restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Sunday, September 22 - Travel down the Oregon Coast with its lighthouses...
Travel down the Oregon Coast with its lighthouses, majestic capes and tranquil bays.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Start your morning with a lecture on Oregon's Coastal Geology, then depart the hotel to begin your day's adventure.

Lunch: On your own in Florence.

Afternoon: Take in the view from atop Cape Perpetua, which rises 800 feet above the sea. Learn about the wildlfowers, trees and animals along a 1/2-mile trail on the summit during an interpretive walk led by our group leader, a marine biologist.

Dinner: Enjoy a plated dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Following dinner a lecture on Coastal Natural History will be proved at the hotel.

Lodging: Adobe Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Gold Beach Resort is located in Gold Beach, Oregon where the Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean. The resort is located within 150 yards of the beach.

Contact info:
29232 Ellensburg Ave.
Highway 101
Gold Beach, OR 97444 USA
phone: 541-247-7066
web: www.gbresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have ocean views and private balconies, flat screen Satellite TV, refrigerators, microwaves, iron/ironing boards, and Coffee/Tea makers.

Facility amenities: Resort has an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center, business center, free wireless Internet, guest laundry, and private beach access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Monday, September 23 - Cruise the dunes and explore the lesser-known sou...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: The Oregon Dunes, the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, extend 60 miles along the coast from Florence to Coos Bay. You can't see these dunes from the highway, so climb aboard a giant dune buggy for a thrilling ride over the mountains of sand. The ride will culminate in a stop atop one of the highest dunes in North America, a whopping 600 feet high!

Lunch: Lunch at Lord Bennett's restaurant overlooking the scenic Oregon Coast

Afternoon: After lunch travel on to Gold Beach, where the Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean. Spend the night here in this remote little sea town.

Dinner: Dinner at Spinners in Gold Beach.

Lodging: Gold Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Bayshore Inn is a comfortable, modern hotel centrally-located in Eureka. The hotel features free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, easy access to local shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
3500 Broadway
Eureka, CA 95503 USA
phone: 707-268-8005
web: www.bwbayshoreinn.com/

Room amenities: Refrigerators, microwaves, ironing board and iron, and work desks.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor and outdoor pools, spa, Wi-Fi, on-site Marie Calendars restaurant, business center, and a garden wing with an outdoor hot tub and koi pond. A few of the rooms permit smoking.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, September 24 - Oregon's rugged south coast gives way to Californ...
Oregon's rugged south coast gives way to California's towering Redwoods.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Hang on for a thrilling ride up the Wild and Scenic Rogue River aboard a jet boat. See Osprey and other wildlife as your jet boat captain negotiates the rapids of one of the world's most beautiful river valleys. The jet boat ride will be a dynamic introduction to the southern Oregon Coast's backcountry.

Lunch: Lunch in Agness, a charming town of 75 people.

Afternoon: Travel South continuing with our onboard lecture by our group leader and biologist as you meet the giants of the coast as you encounter the first of the area's majestic Redwoods on your way south. Enter California and see some of the world's tallest trees.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.

Lodging: Best Western Bayshore Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Bayshore Inn is a comfortable, modern hotel centrally-located in Eureka. The hotel features free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, easy access to local shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
3500 Broadway
Eureka, CA 95503 USA
phone: 707-268-8005
web: www.bwbayshoreinn.com/

Room amenities: Refrigerators, microwaves, ironing board and iron, and work desks.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor and outdoor pools, spa, Wi-Fi, on-site Marie Calendars restaurant, business center, and a garden wing with an outdoor hot tub and koi pond. A few of the rooms permit smoking.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, September 25 - Walk amongst the ancient Redwoods. Learn about th...
Walk amongst the ancient Redwoods. Learn about the ecology of this unique land of giants.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Our Redwoods expert meets us this morning and continues with us throughout the day. Travel on the world-famous scenic drive, The Avenue of the Giants, 31 miles of redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500 mile redwood belt. Take a 1/2 mile loop walk overshadowed by these giant redwoods...a perfect picture taking opportunity!

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the Redwoods.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the Redwood forest with our local expert as she points out interesting aspects of this forest of giants. Make a stop at a scenic Victorian village.

Dinner: Dinner at the historic (and rustic) Samoa Cookhouse, where Eureka's loggers and lumbermen have enjoyed hearty family-style meals for generations.

Lodging: Best Western Bayshore Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Oregon is privileged to be the home of three outstanding Northwest Lodges (Oregon Caves, Crater Lake and Timberline), serving guests from all around the world. Built in 1934, the Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument is a rustic hotel in the Siskiyou Mountains adjacent to the entrance to the cave in the only active limestone formation in Oregon. The Chateau is part of a larger development that included a chalet (dormitory/gift shop/multiple use structure), several employee and rental cottages, and a visitor contact station, all under consideration for National Register status as part of a district. The buildings were all constructed between 1923 and 1941. The Chateau is without question the most outstanding of the structures. The prime significance of Oregon Caves' Chateau lies in its designer's extraordinarily creative use of the limited building site and how he allowed the site to dictate major architectural choices. Inseparable from that is the extremely high integrity of the building, the furnishings and the site. Of local significance is the importance of the development of Oregon Caves, fostered by local businessmen who formed the Oregon Caves Company- the monument's concessionaire-to stimulate the depressed economy in the area. Today's visitor to the Chateau is still enchanted by the rustic sense of place that the builder and the landscape architects created. Entering the area is very much like traveling back into the 1930s. Trout still swim in the pools. The Chateau is more weathered, but the furnishings are entirely original.

Contact info:
20000 Caves Highway
Cave Junction, OR 97523 USA
phone: 877-245-9022
web: www.ivcdo.projecta.com

Room amenities: Each of the rooms in the Chateau has its own unique charm, with rustic lodge flavor.

Facility amenities: The Chateau offers premier fine dining in one of the most beautiful settings in Oregon. They feature Northwest cuisine made with choice Oregon-grown ingredients. Sample the best of what southern Oregon has to offer, from the freshest, locally-grown foods to Illinois Valley and Rogue Valley cheeses and wines. The Caves Cafe offers good, old fashioned food in a 1930's style setting, and the Deli in the Gift Gallery features many "to-go" items. The unique Gift Gallery features the work of the Illinois Valley's many talented artists and crafters, as well as a great assortment of Oregon Caves memorabilia, including books, jewelry, and clothing. Find that one of a kind gift to take back home with you. The Gift Gallery also features locally produced items such as wines, jams, and soaps.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Thursday, September 26 - From the Coast to the Caves, voyage to the Oregon...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Wind north through the spectacular Redwoods, stopping at the Jedediah Smith State Park, renowned for its beauty.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Park.

Afternoon: Venture deep inside the earth to explore a marble cave at the Oregon Caves National Monument. Learn of the geology, history and science of this cave recognized as one of the most geologically unique and botanically diverse in the U.S. The cave walk and return trail require good mobility and a sense of adventure!

Dinner: The Oregon Caves Chateau is one of Southern Oregon's most charming lodges. With rustic rooms, this unique 5 story historic landmark, covered with beautiful bark siding, is one of the West's most intriguing lodges. The Oregon Caves Chateau was featured in the PBS TV special and book "Great Lodges of the American West" for it's old fashioned charm and architectural elegance. Take a tour and then sit down to a great dinner in their restaurant.

Evening: Rest or explore on your own.

Lodging: Oregon Caves Chateau

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Newberry Station is La Pine's finest hotel, featuring modern comforts and easy access to the Newberry Volcanic Monument and the Deschutes River Valley.

Contact info:
16515 Reed Road
La Pine, OR 97739 USA
phone: 541-536-5130
web: www.bestwesternoregon.com/hotels/best-western-newberry-station

Room amenities: Cable TV with HBO, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi, indoor pool, spa, and fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Friday, September 27 - Encounter one of the natural wonders of the World...
Encounter one of the natural wonders of the World at Crater Lake National Park.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Chateau to get us started.

Morning: Travel to Crater Lake via our motorcoach with lecture en route.

Lunch: Lunch at Annie Creek.

Afternoon: Crater Lake: overwhelmingly yet sublimely beautiful! Take a breathtaking look from the brink of this 6-mile wide caldera, surrounded by a 36 mile circle of cliffs. Drive part of the Rim of the lake which was created by the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama almost 7,700 years ago.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Best Western Newberry Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel is perched along Lake Mayes near the Columbia River, offering bird-watching pleasures as well as ready access to downtown Portland, 10 miles away. Walking path nearby.

Contact info:
11518 NE Glenn Widing Drive
Portland, OR 97220 USA
phone: 503-252-2222
web: www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-portland-oregon-OR166

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable/satellite, TV, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, microwave, high speed Internet access, clock radio and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, hot tub, exercise room, business center, on-site guest laundry, meeting rooms and complimentary airport shuttle. Hotel is handicap accessible.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly
The hotel offers a special rate for participants, based upon availability. Make reservations by calling 503-252-2222 for early arrivals or stay-overs. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Nine: Saturday, September 28 - Discover Oregon's dry side. Voyage back to Portla...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Travel to Newberry National Volcanic Monument's Lava Lands Visitor Center for a walk through a lava flow with your group leader and private intrepetive guide. This visit ties together much of what you have learned throughout your travels.

Lunch: Lunch along the way.

Afternoon: Explore the wonderful museum at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation before skirting the flanks of Mt. Hood on your way to the Columbia River Gorge and thundering Multnomah Falls, the state's highest.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner as we share favorite experiences with each other from our journey, and stay to chat just a little longer!

Lodging: Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Sunday, September 29 - Safe Travels!
Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the hotel, followed by independent departures! We wish you a safe journey home and thanks for enjoying our wonderful Pacific Northwest with us! Come back for one of our many other programs!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Portland, OR
Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenThe Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was originally developed as a test garden. The oldest rhododendron in the current garden was planted prior to 1917. There are more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants in the garden.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandonline.com/parks
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.org/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Oregon Historical SocietyExperience the Oregon story, from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, with fascinating displays of rare Oregon treasures. Call 503-222-1741 or visit the website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.ohs.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art MuseumThe Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland International AirportFor information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.flypdx.com
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit River Cruises offer Willamette River cruises and Columbia River cruises from downtown Portland Oregon aboard the Portland Spirit, the Willamette Star, the Crystal Dolphin and the Outrageous Jetboat. Call 1-800-224-3901 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandspirit.com
Portland Walking ToursPortland Walking Tours offers a wide range of walking tours- from the Best of Portland, to Underground Portland to an Epicurean Excursion. Call 503-774-4522 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandwalkingtours.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.com

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