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On the Road: The Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge, Mount Rainier and San Juan Islands

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Program #16179RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
6,000 feet is the highest elevation we will experience. The highest sleeping elevation is 5,400 ft.

Itinerary for Sep 1 — Sep 8, 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: Sunday, September 01 - Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!
Arrive To: Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration is from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Following dinner we will gather to go over the schedule for the next few days. Then we will take some time to get to know each either.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1108 E. Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 USA
phone: 541-386-2200
web: www.bestwesternoregon.com/hotels/best-western-hood-river-inn

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, cable TV, iron/ironing board, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Fitness room, outdoor heated pool and spa, indoor spa, dry rock sauna, and riverside walk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, September 02 - Explore the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Fa...
Explore the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Ride a Sternwheeler on the Columbia.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Leave Portland behind as you travel by motor coach up the Columbia River Gorge. Get a bird's eye view of the spectacular area from the historic Vista House and then take a short walk to the base of Oregon's highest waterfall, the amazing Multnomah Falls. A Forest Service guide will join us as we head up through the Columbia Gorge. If time permits, visit a salmon hatchery to learn how the Northwest's iconic fish runs are supplemented.

Lunch: Picnic on the banks of the mighty Columbia River at Cascade Locks.

Afternoon: Embark on a river cruise aboard a sternwheeler boat on the Columbia River with our Forest Service guide who will educate you on the amazing geology and natural history of the area.

Dinner: Share dinner with your friends at your hotel on the banks of the Columbia River in lovely Hood River, Oregon.

Evening: Relax and perhaps take a stroll along the river as you enjoy a quiet evening in the gorge.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Everything about Paradise Inn is unique! This incredible mountainside lodge has recently been renovated, but it maintains it's majestic simplicity in the style of many of the West's iconic park lodges.

Contact info:
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98304 USA
phone: 360-569-2275
web: www.mtrainierguestservices.com/accommodations/paradise-inn

Facility amenities: This facility does not have elevtors. Some lobby level rooms are available. Porterage has been included in the program price so there will be assistance bringing bags to rooms.

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


Day Three: Tuesday, September 03 - Climb from the Columbia to the flank of Mt. Raini...
Climb from the Columbia to the flank of Mt. Rainier. Visit the Yakama Nation's Cultural Heritage Center.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: As the evergreen forests of the Columbia River Gorge give way to arid lands in the rainshadow of the Cascades, you will travel by motor coach to the Yakima Valley and visit the museum of the Yakama Nation. The Yakama Nation Museum opened in 1980 and is one of the oldest Native American Museums in the United States. The 12,0000 square foot exhibition hall is the result of years of hope, thought, and effort on the part of the Yakama people.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch at the iconic Winter Lodge at the Yakama Nation's Cultural Heritage Center.

Afternoon: Ride along as your motor coach climbs the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Learn how the changes in altitude affect the climate as you travel to Paradise Inn at the timberline of Mt. Rainier, the highest mountain in the Northwest.

Dinner: Dine in the grand hall of the newly-restored historic Paradise Inn.

Evening: Learn about Mt. Rainier National Park, Paradise Inn, and the Cascades during a lecture led by a local expert (due to scheduling, this may not be available on all dates).

Lodging: Paradise Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Red Lion Hotel is walking distance to Seattle’s exciting shopping, theaters, museums, cultural landmarks, and attractions, including the Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Pioneer Square, Benaroya Hall, Pacific Science Center, Key Arena, 5th Avenue Theatre and the classic Paramount Theatre.

Contact info:
1415 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: This hotel includes 297 smoke-free guest rooms, pillowtop king and queen beds, free high-speed wireless Internet access, large work desks, flat screen TV, alarm clocks, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer and full-length mirror.

Facility amenities: Hotel includes 24-hour business center (additional services such as fax and Internet service are available for a reasonable fee), cardiovascular and training equipment, workout, yoga and Pilates mats, wall-to-ceiling mirrors, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, water station and towels.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, September 04 - Mount Rainier to the sprawling Puget Sound citysc...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Paradise Inn

Morning: Descend through Mount Rainier National Park to the mountain town of Elbe. From there you'll travel to Tacoma on Puget Sound; Washington's inland sea.

Lunch: Lunch in Tacoma at the Museum of Glass

Afternoon: Take a guided walk to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to see his amazing glass sculptures. When Chihuly worked with an architect to build the bridge, he wanted to create a gateway to Tacoma that would be for the people. It is a 500-foot-long pedestrian bridge linking downtown Tacoma, Washington, to the city's waterfront. It is an amazing display of color and form. Following our walk, spend some time watching live glassmaking in the Hot Shop at the museum. Travel by motor coach to Seattle, where an evening of free time will afford you the opportunity to explore the Emerald City and its fine restaurants. Prior to dinner there will be time to head to the Pike Place Market which is a few blocks from the hotel. It has been operating in Seattle since 1907 and is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to nearly 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and 120 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and 300 apartment units, most of which house low-income elderly people. This is an optional excursion led by your group leader.

Dinner: Discover for yourself the wonders of Seattle. Dinner is on your own, so enjoy some free time in one of the best cities in the world.

Lodging: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The newly–remodeled Friday Harbor Suites is within walking distance of Friday Harbor's art galleries and shops.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 360-378-3031
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: The spacious and stylish one bedroom suites are beautifully furnished with your comfort in mind. All rooms are large comfortable one bedroom suites and feature an identical bedding configuration as follows: a separate bedroom with one Queen size bed; and a Queen-size sleeper sofa (with 7” mattress) in the living room. Other room amenities include a large living room with fireplace; kitchen (equipped with full size refrigerator, china and silverware, and microwave); private balcony/deck; and private bath with hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Fitness room, Jacuzzi and business center with computers.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, September 05 - The wonders of Puget Sound and the serenity of is...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel or aboard the Clipper ferry.

Morning: Hop aboard the Clipper for a fast ferry ride to the San Juan Islands. Keep an eye out for marine life as you cruise the waters of Puget Sound. Following a brief stop in Friday Harbor, head back out into the Sound to observe the abundance of active sea life. The islands are home to sea lions, Dall's porpoises, and otters. You might even spot a bald eagle or two! Almost 90 bald eagles make their nests on Washington's San Juan Island. If we are lucky we'll have the chance to see orca whales, also known as "killer whales," play and interact in their natural habitat. The San Juan Islands are home to three families, or pods, that migrate to the island waters for the summer months. The island waters also host many other species of whales. Though killer whales are the most populous, gray whales and minke whales have also been spotted.

Lunch: Onboard our whale watching vessel.

Afternoon: Following our trip at sea we will arrive back in Friday Habor to visit the world famous Whale Museum, the first museum in the country dedicated to the interpretation on whales living in the wild. Check into your room at the hotel and prepare for dinner.

Dinner: Conference Dining Room

Evening: Presentation: "Views from the Islands" offers an insider's look at contemporary island life, issues, and local culture.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The newly–remodeled Friday Harbor Suites is within walking distance of Friday Harbor's art galleries and shops.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 360-378-3031
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: The spacious and stylish one bedroom suites are beautifully furnished with your comfort in mind. All rooms are large comfortable one bedroom suites and feature an identical bedding configuration as follows: a separate bedroom with one Queen size bed; and a Queen-size sleeper sofa (with 7” mattress) in the living room. Other room amenities include a large living room with fireplace; kitchen (equipped with full size refrigerator, china and silverware, and microwave); private balcony/deck; and private bath with hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Fitness room, Jacuzzi and business center with computers.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, September 06 - Local artist demo, Visit San Juan Island National...
Local artist demo, Visit San Juan Island National Historic Park, Roche Harbor.

Breakfast: Conference Dining Room

Morning: Presentation: "Creative Spirit of the San Juan Islands” sheds light on what lures artists to this unique community. Then enjoy a special demonstration from an Island artist. Take a field trip to San Juan Island National Historic Park – American Camp - with historical, cultural and scenic interest. Then visit Lime Kiln Lighthouse, one of the best places in the world to view whales from land and home to an Orca research outpost and lighthouse.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on San Juan Island's "West side" weather permitting.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll continue on to San Juan Island National Historic Park – English Camp – to see the other piece of San Juan Island’s rich history. End your excursion at Roche Harbor, where you may stroll over to the Roche Harbor Resort and Marina or go on a self-guided exploration of the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park.

Dinner: Conference Dining Room

Evening: Presentation: "Friday Harbor Port on the Inland Sea" is a rousing lecture on regional exploration and island history by a National Park Historian.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

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 Seven: Saturday, September 07 - From the waters of Puget Sound to the crater of M...
Breakfast: Early breakfast at 6:30 AM in the conference dining room.

Morning: You will ride aboard one of Washington State's famous ferries as you travel from Friday Harbor through the islands to Anacortes. Once in Anacortes, you will board your motor coach for the ride south through Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma.

Lunch: Lunch at a brewery in Tacoma.

Afternoon: From Tacoma you'll travel to Mount St. Helens, site of the largest volcanic eruption in recent U.S. history. A local expert will join you as he covers the geology of the mountain and discusses the cataclysmic blast as you look into the still-steaming crater of the volcano and marvel at the barren land that was once home to a towering ancient forest.

Dinner: Dinner in Portland at the hotel.

Evening: Fun and discussion with new friends as we round out the program in this final evening's wrap-up.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, September 08 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel, followed by independent departures. Thanks for joining us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

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
Seattle, WA
Olympic Sculpture ParkOne of the best free attractions in Seattle, the park is open year-round and features sculptures from artists such as Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero and Louise Bourgeois. It’s located in a former industrial site, and the grounds make use of many native plants as well as eco-friendly features such as rainwater capture and a salmon habitat. A z-shaped path cuts through vast expanses and grassy meadows, connecting with beachside trails and bicycle paths.
For additional information, visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/OSP/default.asp
Pike Place MarketOpen year-round, this is Seattle’s most iconic attraction — and it’s filled with tasty treats. There’s so much to love about Pike Place Market. Aisles of gleaming fruits and vegetables, tables overflowing with fresh floral bouquets, and booth after booth selling all manner of locally made jewelry, clothing and gifts. It’s also a great place to enjoy many fantastic eateries serving prepared dishes. When you’re not sure what kind of food you’re in the mood to eat, just head to Pike Place Market and sample a little of everything. There’s also the whole fish- throwing thing, too.
For additional information, visit: http://pikeplacemarket.org
Seattle Art MuseumLocated in downtown Seattle on the corner of First and Union, SAM presents items from its collection as well as traveling exhibits. If you’re exploring the permanent collection, you’ll want to see the Native & Meso-American collection with works by the area’s original inhabitants. Other highlights include contemporary works by Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol; European masterpieces of portraiture and sculpture; and Asian pieces dating back to the second century. The Seattle Asian Art Museum, in Volunteer Park, features noteworthy collections of Chinese, Korean, and Southeast Asian art, and its Japanese art collection is among the most distinguished outside of Japan.
For additional information, visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org
Seattle CenterOriginally built for the 1962 World's Fair, the 74-acre Seattle Center is a park, arts, and entertainment center in Seattle. Its landmark feature is the 605-foot tall Space Needle, which when it was completed was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The Seattle Center includes four museums, 11 theaters, five gardens, six fountains, more than a dozen restaurants, a skate park and an events arena. In short, this is Seattle’s entertainment hub.
For additional information, visit: www.seattlecenter.com
Seattle WaterfrontA unique area located on Alaskan Way in downtown Seattle, the Waterfront is an active area pretty much year-round. With dozens of paths, piers and public spaces, it’s always a great place to relax and enjoy a little people watching as you absorb the local scene. The Seattle Aquarium is at Pier 59, and Piers 55 and 56 offer embarkation points for cruises to Tillicum Village on Blake Island, where visitors can experience Native American culture. The popular Water Taxi to West Seattle leaves from Pier 50, Washington State Ferries from Pier 52, and Metro's route 99 connects Elliott Bay's waterfront attractions such as the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Aquarium and ferry services with the International District, Pioneer Square and First Avenue destinations including the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. If you’re in the area and looking for shopping and dining, you’re in luck as well.
For additional information, visit: www.seattlewaterfront.org
Visit SeattleLooking for additional ideas? Visit this terrific website dedicated to Seattle. The information provided above is largely from www.visitseattle.org/Visitors/Discover/Sightseeing.aspx
For additional information, visit: www.visitseattle.org

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