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Bicycling in Oregon: Portland, Columbia River Gorge and Willamette Valley

Program Number: 13290RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/12/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt    

Experience the beauty of Portland and its surrounding countryside in this biking adventure! Enjoy five days of bike rides along paths and lightly traveled roads, and along the Willamette River. Visit Multnomah Falls — the tallest waterfall in Oregon — and meander along the streets of Portland's pedestrian friendly downtown where public art abounds. Explore the historic highway in the Columbia River Gorge, Champoeg State Park and Hood River, world renowned for its windsurfing.




Highlights

• Bike peaceful back roads in the Willamette Valley as well as bike paths in Portland along the Willamette River.
• Pedal along the Columbia River and delight in breathtaking views of Mount Hood and the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge.
• Enjoy a visit to historic Timberline Lodge and visit Portland for a free afternoon to explore the city.



Activity Particulars

For intermediate riders comfortable on roads with some traffic. Bike rides 10-25 miles a day. Comfortable, safe bikes and helmets provided. Elevations of 6,000 feet.



Coordinated by NW Discoveries.




Portland (Oregon)

Portlanders live a life rich in the arts, surrounded by natural beauty and conveniently situated near the Pacific Coast and Columbia River Gorge. The City of Roses is a walker's paradise filled with parks, fountains and unique neighborhoods.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
  Portland, OR 6 nights
 Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: Conveniently located to Portland airport with free shuttle and easy access to freeways. Free shuttle to local MAX (local train) station which provides easy access to downtown Portland.
  Contact info: 11518 N.E. Glenn Widing Dr.
Portland, OR 97220 USA
phone: 800-205-7892 x5032522222
web: www.Clarionhotel.com;; enter Portland, OR
  Room amenities: Rooms have hairdryers, in-room refrigerator, satellite TV.
  Facility amenities: Has high speed Internet, free parking, pool, hot tub, exercise room, laundry machines, hairdryers, in-room refrigerator, satellite TV.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $75.-$145. Prices are dependent on number of rooms available for date of reservation
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $75.-$145. Prices are dependent on number of rooms available for date of reservation
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3:00-5:30 PM. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 9:00 AM after breakfast. Checkout by Noon. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Liability Release Waivers are required to be signed for participation in this program.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at lodging for free during program week..
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Portland, OR
  Nearest city or town:  Portland
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5
  Nearest airport:  Portland
  From End of Program
  Location: Portland, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Portland Clarion Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Clarion Hotel
phone: 503-252-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

Reserve Clarion hotel shuttle 503-252-2222 (or touch screen phone by baggage claim). Meet Clarion shuttle van on Island 3 on roadway outside of baggage claim. Shuttles arrive every 30 min. on the half & full hours. Reserve shuttle back to airport at Hotel front desk. Arrive in Portland early to ensure you are well rested as you enjoy its public transit system, to see its artwork, & attractions. www.travelportland.com or 1-800-962-3700.

 
Driving Directions
  Directions for GPS We recommend you put the lodging address into your GPS or vehicle navigation system or use the internet mapping websites: (ensure the mapping directions are similar to our provided instructions) http://maps.google.com/ then click on Get directions, then input your starting destination and ending destination = lodging address provided. or www.mapquest.com; then click on Get Directions, then input your starting destination and ending destination = lodging address provided. Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport 11518 N.E. Glenn Widing Dr. 97220 503 252-2222 www.Clarionhotel.com; enter Portland, OR You can also visit the lodging website or call the lodging for additional directions.
  From I-205 I-205 North, exit 24B (Airport Way east); I-205 South, exit 24 (Airport Way east). Follow Airport Way east approx. 2 miles to NE Glenn Widing Drive, go left. Hotel is directly on your right.
Elevation Note: One afternoon visiting Timberline Lodge at 6000 ft. and its surroundings

Equipment Requirements: Comfort bike and helmet provided. Recommended padded bike pants/shorts, bike gloves, comfortable bike shoes (no cleats). Appropriate biking and walking clothes, Need to bring rain gear.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to the charming City of Portland, getting to know your fellow bikers and learning about the upcoming week.
(Sunday, October 6)

Note: While at our lodging, we will get to know each other as we learn about the week ahead.



   
 Arrive To: Check in between 3:00 - 5:30 pm at lodging.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at motel.
 Evening: Evening orientation and introductions/discussion until 9:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Enjoy biking in Portland along the Willamette River and through its neighborhoods.
(Monday, October 7)

Note: Bike 10 - 25 miles along paved roads and bike paths. Couple small hills (~100 ft.)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at 7:15 am in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: First off, learn the basics of efficient biking, how to properly size your bike and the simple repairs that we might be doing throughout the week. Then we will pick up our rental bikes and get them properly sized. We start our bike ride along the Willamette River for one view after another of the Willamette River and the surrounding greenspaces. Ride mostly on paths, with just a few short sections on streets, they are delightful and relaxing.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own as you choose between several nearby eateries.
 Afternoon: Continue biking along the Willamette River and through neighborhoods. During an afternoon walk and lecture, learn about Portland's bike program.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant.
 Evening: No evening program since we drive back to lodging.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Visit Timberline lodge and Mt. Hood.
(Tuesday, October 8)

Note: Bike 10-25 miles along paved roads with gentle continuous elevation loss.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant
 Morning: Visit Timberline lodge.
 Lunch: Sack lunch at the Day Lodge.
 Afternoon: Trade city streets for gentle mountain roads as we bike on low use roads through lush forests.
 Dinner: Dinner at the motel.
 Evening: Relax to musical entertainment provided by lodging.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bike along the historic Columbia River Highway past cascading waterfalls and vistas of the Columbia River.
(Wednesday, October 9)

Note: Bike 10 - 25 miles along paved roads and bike paths. Couple small hills (~100 ft.)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: The morning will be spent visiting the western end of the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah falls, the largest falls in Oregon at 542 ft.
 Lunch: Sack lunch outdoors.
 Afternoon: Bike the eastern gorge on the old Columbia Highway, now converted into a biking/walking path through the Mosier tunnels. Pedal through semiarid terrain dotted with Ponderosa pine, twin tunnels blasted from the rock, and spectacular geologic formations that tell the story of the gorge's creation.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own as you choose between several nearby eateries in the quaint town of Hood River. You will find food and drink ranging from simple home-style meals to gourmet offerings, outstanding wine to hand-crafted beers. In this rich agricultural region, it’s not surprising the food is fresh, local, and delicious.
 Evening: No evening program since we drive back to lodging.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Bike along the Columbia river with views of Mt. Hood towering in the distance. Enjoy Portland's easygoing city life during your free afternoon.
(Thursday, October 10)

Note: Bike 10 - 25 miles along paved roads and bike paths. Minimal elevation gain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 am in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: Bike along the Columbia River near Portland and our hotel with views of Mt. Hood. Follow the south shore of the Columbia River, often just a few feet away! Enjoy lovely views of the water, boats and marinas from the wide, flat and paved path.
 Lunch: Lunch to be determined
 Afternoon: Enjoy Portland on your own. Take the local train MAX to a wide variety of suitable destinations on the streets — and trails — of Portland. Narrow streets and compact blocks make for easy walking.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own as you explore Portland with its many restaurants. Portland has become one of the most exciting food towns in the country. See what the buzz is all about as you seek out a fine family restaurant, ultra specialty shoppe, or the perfect food cart (there are over 600!).
 Evening: No evening presentation since you will be enjoying Portland's nightlife before returning to the hotel on MAX.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Bike along the peaceful back roads in the Willamette Valley. Bike through Champoeg State Park, where Oregon voted to join the U.S.
(Friday, October 11)

Note: Bike 10 - 25 miles along paved roads and bike paths. Couple small hills (~100 ft.)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: Bike around French Prairie and Champoeg State Park, where Oregon voted to join the U.S. Situated on the south bank of the scenic Willamette River, Champoeg's acres of forest, fields, and wetlands recreate the landscape of a bygone era.
 Lunch: Sack lunch outdoors.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon continue biking around Champoeg State park. Watch for wildlife and cool off with some ice cream at the old-fashioned Butteville general store (oldest in Oregon)!
 Dinner: Dinner at the motel.
 Evening: Share stories, photos and experiences from the week during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Memories of beautiful scenery and new friends.
(Saturday, October 12)

Note: No activity scheduled as people pack up for their departure after breakfast.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM at lodging restaurant.
 Morning: Program ends at 9:00 AM with everyone checking out of lodging by 12:00 PM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Where to Bike Portland: Best Biking in City and Suburbs


Author: Anne Lee


Description: Where to Bike Portland contains 47 interesting rides for adults and 26 kids' rides to motivate and inspire. It also includes a section covering how to prepare and what to take with you.





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