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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Nancy from Jackson, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/31/15 - 06/06/15
We had nice accommodations at the Best Western. Ken & Steve were very informative and took us (group of 25) on all the hikes. Even when it rained, we had some wonderful hikes. the waterfalls are plentiful, the flora & fauna has yet to be rivaled. The dinner meals were wonderful. Breakfast at the local cafe, next door,was plenty. Don't miss a visit to local soft serve ice cream stand and the Thunder Island Brew Pub.

Judy from Broomfield, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/31/15 - 06/06/15
The hikes were varied and beautiful. So many waterfalls! The leaders are very organized, knowledgeable, and tuned in to the hikers' abilities and needs. We hiked in rain for 3 of the days and still loved it. We were tired each day and up early the next, waiting for another adventure.

Jane from Cheboygan, MI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/04/14
Absolutely top shelf experience. Stunning waterfalls, streams, forest, and views. Well organized. I don't like heights and I was frequently challenged, but was able to complete all but one hike. Leaders fostered camaraderie in the group. Even though I am 'height challenged', Steve and Ken were supportive and helpful. Great leaders. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Michael from Coeur D Alene, ID Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/04/14
I agree with Susan. This was a spectacular trip. The scenery was unbelievable.If you are an active adventurer, this is the trip to take. You do need to be in reasonably good condition to manage this trip comfortably.

Susan from Oceanside, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/04/14
If you are a mountains, lush forest, waterfalls person, this is the trip for you. I loved every minute and each day was better than the day before. Perfect weather and hikes to waterfalls almost everyday. The last day was the longest(but optional), about 13 miles if you wanted to challenge yourself, but the tunnel falls was so worth the effort. This trip is not for you if you are afraid of heights, many narrow paths with steep drops. The hike to the bottom of the crater was partly a silent hike and we all spread out and enjoyed the tranquility of the whole area. Wonderful experience!! Highly recommend.

Valerie from Topinabee, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/04/14
This program had some of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. The accommodations were great and the staff excellent. If you love waterfalls this is the program to do.

Roseann from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/14/14
Great hikes in a variety of different terrains; the waterfalls were fabulous! Many hikes were strenuous and challenging, which was good. A very well organized program in a stunning location.

Linda from Carmichael, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/14/14
If you like waterfalls and enjoy hiking under a canopy of tall trees, then you will love this program. (Note: Because it's Oregon, be prepared for rain which mists through the trees. Lovely!)

Charlene from Lewes, DE Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/14/14
Very great hikes! Waterfalls everywhere!

Lelia from Moraga, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/20/14 - 04/26/14
Outstanding, fun program! Waterfalls, wild flowers, snowshoeing, old growth forests, the Columbia River, all within a short distance from the hotel. Ken and Steve are knowledgeable, interesting, and magnificent guides who know the area extensively. If you want to experience the Pacific Northwest, then this is the best program around. At least 3 of the participants were returnees from previous NW Discoveries (Ken) programs. Spectacular time.

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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
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