Road Scholar : Home
On the Road: Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria

Program Number: 19583RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/29/2014 - 7/10/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/9/2014;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price starting at: $3,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 30; 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Set out on a journey through the Pacific Northwest to learn about its glorious cities, harbors and islands on both sides of the border. Experts lead your adventure, from the historic architecture of Seattle to contemporary life in the San Juan Islands. Look for orcas off the Vancouver harbor and enjoy the parks and gardens of Victoria.




Highlights

• Take in Northwest highlights, including Multnomah Falls near Portland and Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
• Travel by train to Vancouver, B.C., and meander through Gastown, Chinatown and the Museum of Anthropology.
• Ferry to Victoria, B.C., and savor Butchart Gardens.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Disembark ferries, trains and buses; transporting baggage.




Date Specific Information

6-29-2014

1 night in Victoria B.C., 3 in Friday Harbor.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Portland, Ore., 2 nights; train to Seattle, Wash., 2 nights; scenic train to Vancouver, B.C., 2 nights; ferry to Victoria B.C., 2 nights; ferry to Friday Harbor, (San Juan Islands) Wash., 2 nights; ferry to Anacortes and coach to Seattle, Wash., 1 night; departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




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.



Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Vancouver (British Columbia)

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Vancouver for its breathtaking hiking and biking trails and majestic views of the tree-lined waterway, the Strait of Georgia. With distinctive neighborhoods, top-rated restaurants and a thriving theater and arts scene, Vancouver is also a sophisticated destination. It is renowned as one of the world’s best cities.



Victoria

This provincial capital on Vancouver Island is blessed with spectacular scenery and a mild climate year-round. Home to Butchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel, Victoria is rich in First Nations history, marine coastal ecosystems, cultural attractions and European charm that dates to its years spent under British colonial rule.



Friday Harbor (San Juan Island)

Friday Harbor is a picturesque, walkable, fishing port town nestled on the edge of the harbor. The island is home to a National Historic Park, Lime Kiln State Park (for whale-watching), plus serene harbors, farmland and outdoor opportunities.



Accommodations
Portland: Hotel near Willamette River and Eastbank Esplanade. Seattle: Hotel walking distance to Pike Place Market and iconic city sites. Vancouver: Hotel a half-block from beach at beautiful English Bay. Victoria: Hotel in heart of city's celebrated sites. Friday Harbor: Stylish hotel near island's galleries and shops.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Peter Chausse

A Massachusetts native, Peter Chausse is a teacher and passionate local historian in Portland, Ore. Though a position with the U.S. Forest Service originally brought him to the Pacific Northwest, Peter is now an instructor at The Heritage Institute, a branch of Antioch University. He runs his own small walking excursion business in Portland and enjoys leading field trips with Road Scholar, during which he shares his knowledge of local art and natural history.
 
Joseph Couture

Joseph Couture is an expert on the geology and history of the Pacific Northwest. He studied geology at Portland State University and criminology at Southern Oregon University, and combined the degrees for his interest in forensic geology (geo-criminology). He is an accomplished lecturer on topics ranging from the Hawaiian Volcanoes to the Granite Plutons of Acadia National Park in Maine.
 
Michael Vouri

Michael Vouri is chief of interpretation and historian for San Juan Island National Park. He is a passionate historian with an unmatched knowledge of regional history and exploration, and the author of five books about the Pig War, the Royal Marines and San Juan Island history. He has worked as a reporter and editor for weekly and daily newspapers, as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Air Force and as assistant director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. He began his career in history with the Whatcom Museum History and Art in Bellingham, Wash., where he curated exhibitions in addition to being the museum's public affairs officer. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a crew chief of an O-1 Bird Dog in the Mekong Delta. Mike has been a popular Road Scholar instructor on San Juan Island since 1997.
 
John Adams

John Adams is the author of “Old Square-Toes and His Lady: The Life of James and Amelia Douglas.” Part historian and part storyteller, John has turned a passion for the past into a long career in history. His family-owned business Discover the Past provides a variety of historical educational programs for the community. His natural, lively, humorous and clear style makes his presentations both informative and memorable.
 
Chet Orloff

The former executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, Chet Orloff is the director of the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History. When not teaching courses on urban studies and planning at Portland State University and the University of Oregon School of Architecture as an adjunct professor, Chet serves on numerous local, national and international committees relating to history and urban planning. He teaches and lectures extensively on Oregon and Western American history.
 
Mimi Sheridan

A historic preservation consultant for more than 15 years, Mimi Sheridan has taught preservation in the graduate planning program at the University of Washington for the past decade. Her completed projects include studies of Seattle’s parks and boulevards that were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, as well as histories of neighborhoods including Queen Anne and Capitol Hill. Mimi holds an M.U.P. in historic preservation and urban design from the University of Washington.
 
John Atkin

John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He if the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.
 
Shona Aitken

A native of Scotland, Shona Aitken earned a degree in ecology and broadened her background in environmental education while working in her home country and spending two years in Sweden. She is currently the Education Coordinator for Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on San Juan Island where she teaches people about local wildlife and increases awareness of the impact of human activities on wild creatures.
 
Emily Reed

Emily Reed is a longtime islander. She was an adviser to students at U.C. Berkeley in the 1960s before moving to San Juan Island in 1972, and a beloved counselor for 18 years at Friday Harbor High School. From 1991-2011 she wrote and published "Emily's Guide & Maps to the San Juan Islands," and for five years wrote a monthly column on art in The Islands Weekly newspaper. She is a member of the new San Juan County Arts Council and finds delight and challenge in her new career as an editor for authors far and near. Emily is a veteran Road Scholar group leader for Skagit Valley College.
 
Marc Moscato

Marc Moscato is executive director of Know Your City, a non profit organization whose mission is to connect people to place through explorations, lectures, publications and youth programs. He has a long interest in public art, and been involved with several public art projects and publications, including "Walls Of Pride: A Tour of African American Public Art" in Portland and "Art For the Millions: The Enduring Legacy of the Works Progress Administration." Also a filmmaker, his short films and videos have screened at film festivals, theaters and non-traditional spaces across the country.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center
  Portland, OR 2 nights
   Warwick Hotel
  Seattle, WA 2 nights
   Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
  Vancouver, BC 2 nights
   Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
  Victoria, BC 1 night
   Friday Harbor Suites
  Friday Harbor, WA 3 nights
   Warwick Hotel
  Seattle, WA 1 night
 Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.
  Contact info: 435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl
  Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal rates The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Warwick Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Warwick Seattle Hotel is conveniently located in Downtown Seattle, bordering the lively Belltown neighborhood and just two blocks from the monorail station. Warwick Seattle Hotel offers a welcoming atmosphere and a host of stylish, sophisticated touches. From the hotel's Reception Desk, to our Concierge and fashionable Margaux restaurant, guests of Warwick Seattle Hotel can enjoy personal attention, professional service and a range of fine amenities. As a guest of our Seattle hotel, you'll be able to enjoy our 11,000 gallon indoor swimming pool, over 41,000 liters, whirlpool, fitness centre, business centre, Wi-Fi and elegant meeting facilities.
  Contact info: 401 Lenora St
Seattle, WA 98121 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickwa.com
  Room amenities: Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Sliding Door Italian Marble Bathroom Hairdryer In-Room Safe Lavazza Coffee Maker Private Juliet Balcony Mini-Bar or Refrigerator Iron and Ironing Board Complimentary In-Room Coffee and Tea Wireless Internet Access (daily access fee) Extensive Cable TV Channels with HBO
  Facility amenities: Indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool Sauna 24-hour exercise facility 24-hour business centre Secretarial services: copies, faxes, shipping boxes 24-hour in-room dining service Same day valet dry cleaning service (Mon-Fri) Concierge service Margaux restaurant and Margaux Lounge
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for pricing Call hotel for pricing
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.
  Contact info: 1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandhotelvancouver.com
  Room amenities: In-room coffeemaker, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless High Speed Internet.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a new restaurant, bar, a dry sauna, exercise room, business center, and a coin operated laundry. Complimentary local newspapers in each floor's foyer and in the restaurant. Same-day dry-cleaning is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Just step outside the hotel doors and into the celebrated sites of downtown Victoria. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.
  Contact info: 425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html
  Room amenities: Guestrooms include comfortable lounge chairs, desk, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, mini fridge, complimentary highspeed wireless internet, free local calls, iron and ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Amenities include: Business Services Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and Downtown Victoria daily Indoor Simming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) Highspeed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Friday Harbor Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
PORTLAND, OR: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 PM. Program orientation begins at 4:00 PM. You will be staying at Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center that night.
  End of Program:
SEATTLE, WA: 9:00 AM after breakfast. Hotel check-out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Warwick Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
We suggest you park in the economy parking lot at the airport. Currently $10 a day (7th day free). There are red and blue lots with corresponding parking shuttles. Free shuttles bring you from the lot to the baggage claim level at the airport.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Portland, OR
  Nearest highway: I-84 and I-5
  Nearest airport:  Portland International Airport (PDX)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Seattle, WA
  Nearest city or town:  Seattle, Washington
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Travel Details
 

Portland (to Courtyard by Marriott- Downtown/ Convention Center)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Tri-Met- Max Light Rail
phone: 503-238-7433

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 adult ticket, $1.00 honored citizens (65+)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

33 minutes (including 6 minutes walking) 

   

One convenient travel option is to use Portland’s light rail system, known as MAX. Instructions from the Airport MAX Station: 1) Purchase one ticket for each person in your traveling party. 2) Board MAX Red Line towards City Center & Beaverton TC. 3) Exit MAX at Convention Center MAX Station. 4) Walk 0.2 miles north (slightly uphill) to Courtyard Marriott (435 NE Wasco St). Additional information included in the preparatory materials.

 

Portland (to Convention Center area hotels)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Blue Star Airport Shuttles
phone: 503-249-1837

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$14 one way per person or $24 round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25 minutes. Could vary due to traffic. 

   

To schedule the shuttle or for questions, call 503-249-1837 or visit www.bluestarbus.com For shuttle service, proceed outside from baggage claim level to Ground Transportation Area. Take the walkway to Island #2 (Scheduled Buses and Vans pick-up area). Shuttles available every 30 minutes from the airport. Advance reservations are required for transportation from the hotel to the airport.

 

Portland (to Convention Center area hotels)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
White Van Shuttle
phone: 503-774-9755
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25 - 35 for the first person, $5 each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25 minutes. Could vary due to traffic. 

   

Rates depend on time of arrival. You may also save money if you make a reservation in advance. White Van can be contacted at 503-774-9755 or www.whitevanshuttle.com/home For shuttle service, proceed outside from baggage claim level to Ground Transportation Area # 5 (same as Limousine area).

 

Portland (to Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35-$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25 minutes. Could vary due to traffic. 

   

Taxis are available at the airport. Two local companies are Radio Cab (503-227-1212) and Broadway Cab (503-227-1234). If you need a taxi equipped to transport wheelchairs, contact Radio Cab (503-227-1212). Advance reservations are recommended for this service.

 

Portland (to Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center)

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 503-234-3200

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

   

The Courtyard Marriott offers a complimentary shuttle from the Greyhound bus depot. The shuttle does not run on a continuous schedule, so please call the hotel to say that you have arrived and would like to be picked up. There may be a wait for this complimentary service. The shuttle is a large white van marked “Courtyard Marriott.”

 

Portland (to Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Courtyard Marriott shuttle
phone: 503-234-3200

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5-10 minutes 

   

The Courtyard Marriott offers a complimentary shuttle from the Amtrak train station. The shuttle does not run on a continuous schedule, so please call the hotel to say that you have arrived and would like to be picked up. There may be a wait for this complimentary service. The shuttle is a large white van marked “Courtyard Marriott.”

 

Portland (to Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Tri-Met- MAX Light Rail
phone: 503-238-7433

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 adult ticket; $1.00 Honored Citizen ticket (65+)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes (including 8 minutes walking) 

   

The closest light rail stop to the bus and train station is Union Station/NW 6th & Hoyt St. This station is serviced by the Green and Yellow MAX lines. 1) Purchase one ticket for each person in your traveling party. 2) Board eastbound MAX Green Line (towards Clackamas Town Center). 3) Exit MAX at Convention Center MAX Station. 4) Walk 0.2 miles north (slightly uphill) to Courtyard Marriott (435 NE Wasco St). Additional information is included in the preparatory materials.

 

Portland (to Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

   

A taxi may be taken from the bus or train station to the hotel for approximately $10. Broadway Cab can be reached at 503-227-1234 or Radio Cab at 503-227-1212.

 

Seattle Airport from Warwick hotel

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Central Link Light Rail - Sound Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.75 per person; $0.75 for people 65 and over
Prices are subject to change.

   

Walk South on 5th Avenue to Pine. Light rail station is at 5th and Pine. For rail information please visit website at http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail

 

Seattle Airport from Warwick hotel

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Downtown Airporter
phone: 855-566-3300
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$18 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min 

 

Distance:

 

13.4 miles

   

Call or visit https://downtownairporter.com/reservations to make reservations.

 

Seattle Train Station from Warwick hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Central Link Light Rail - Sound Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.00 per person; $0.75 for people 65 and over
Prices are subject to change.

   

Walk South on 5th Ave to Pine St. Light Rail stop is at 5th and Pine. For additional rail information, please visit http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail

 

Seattle Train Station from Warwick hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 253-872-5600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.50 per person and $0.50 for a third passenger
Prices are subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center (driving north on I-5) Take Weidler Street exit 302A toward Moda Center / Broadway Turn right onto NE Weidler St Turn right at first light onto NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. / 99E Take 2nd left onto NE Wasco St. The hotel is on the left.
  Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center (driving south on I-5) Take the Moda Center / City Center exit 302A Follow ramp towards Moda Center, staying in left lanes Turn left onto N. Weidler St. Turn right onto NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. / 99E Take 2nd left onto NE Wasco. The hotel is on the left.
  Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center (from Amtrak / Greyhound Stations) Turn right onto NW Broadway Cross over the river on the Broadway Bridge As it becomes N Broadway, turn slight right onto N Weidler St Turn right onto NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./ 99E Take 2nd left onto NE Wasco St Hotel is on the left
  Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown/ Convention Center (from Portland Airport / I205) Proceed out of airport onto Airport Way. Continue for approximately 1 mile. Merge onto I-205 South toward Portland/Salem Take exit 21B for I-84 West. Take exit 1 for Lloyd Boulevard. Continue straight onto Lloyd Boulevard. Turn right onto Grand Avenue. Turn left onto Wasco. The hotel is on the right. Travel time is approximately 20 minutes (depends on traffic).
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: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Introduction to the Pacific Northwest & Portland, City of Roses
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that we'll review during orientation.

ORIENTATION: From 4:00-5:00pm, we'll have greetings, introductions to your fellow participants and program staff. We'll also review the up-to-date schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer any questions.

 Dinner: We'll enjoy a relaxing dinner at Charley's in the Courtyard Marriott.
 Evening: Introduction to the Pacific Northwest. We begin our journey of discovery in the beautiful City of Roses, just 70 miles from the ocean in a magnificent setting between the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. In this evening’s presentation, our expert weaves together the strands of history, culture, and aspects of contemporary life. There is no doubt that the region known as the Pacific Northwest is one of the most distinctive and beautiful in the country.

   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Portland's Gardens, Columbia River Gorge & Multnomah Falls
(Monday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: We'll start the day off right with a full buffet breakfast which includes eggs and omelets cooked to order, potatoes, crisp bacon, sausage, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt, cold cereals, hot oatmeal, a selection of pastries and breads, juices, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Portland, one of the region’s jewels, is known as "the City of Roses" due to its lush gardens and has been called the “greenest” (i.e., most environmentally friendly) city in America.

At the International Rose Test Garden, enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Hood, as well as an expansive collection of rare, unique and beautiful roses. An expert will guide us through these magnificent gardens which were established in 1917 to serve as a safe haven during World War I for hybrid roses grown in Europe. The gardens which are typically in bloom in June, have grown to include over 6,800 rose bushes representing 557 varieties. Make sure you visit the themed gardens as well...the Shakespeare Garden and the Miniature Rose Garden.

Next we'll take a trip through time and learn about Chinese culture, history and way of thinking at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Their mission is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage, and educate the global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.

Our docent guides our examination of the garden’s living collections that present hundreds of native Chinese plant species and forms including more than 90 specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature collections that include Magnolia, Cymbidium, Camellia, Osmanthus, Rhododendron and bamboo — all within a one block area inside Portland's China town.

 Lunch: Lunch is at the popular Portland City Grill, a downtown Portland restaurant located near the top of Portland's second tallest building with wonderful views of the surrounding area.
 Afternoon: A local expert will guide our discovery of the Columbia River Gorge, a designated National Scenic Area — and spectacular geological wonder of outstanding natural beauty. The Columbia River is the second largest in North America and the gorge (canyon) it carved over millennia stretches more than 80 miles through the Cascade mountain range towards the Pacific Ocean. Its striking waterfalls include breathtaking Multnomah Falls, the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the country, dropping 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain.
 Dinner: Our dinner will taste even better amid the backdrop of cascading Multnomah Falls. We'll dine at Multnomah Falls Lodge, located along the historic Columbia Gorge Highway. Built in 1925, the lodge provides authentic Northwest cuisine in a rustic, romantic setting with panoramic views.
 Evening: Return to the hotel after a long and exciting day.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Downtown Portland Walk, Brewery Tour, Scenic Train to Seattle
(Tuesday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Another delightful breakfast at Charley's at the hotel: a full buffet breakfast which includes eggs and omelets cooked to order, potatoes, crisp bacon, sausage, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt, cold cereals, hot oatmeal, a selection of pastries and breads, juices, coffee and tea.
 Morning: We'll take a leisurely walk through the streets of downtown Portland with a local expert who will guide us through some of the finest of the city's unique art and architecture. See and learn about tidbits many Portland residents may not even know!

Among its many innovations, Portland has become one of the great beer destinations in the U.S. It has so many brewpubs and microbreweries that it has been called "Munich on the Willamette."

 Lunch: We will visit one of the local breweries for lunch where you will experience a brewery tour, taste the local beer and enjoy their delicious food.
 Afternoon: From the Portland Amtrak station, we’ll depart on our train trip to Seattle. Sit back and relax aboard the Amtrak Cascades as it whisks you north with scenic views of the surrounding area. Upon arrival at Seattle’s King Street Station, a chartered coach will meet the train and transfer you to the Warwick Hotel for check-in and room assignments. You'll have some time to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: We'll walk a few blocks to a popular Seattle restaurant to dine on Asian fare. After our late dinner, we'll head back to the hotel to relax and rejuvenate for our next day.
   
Accommodations: Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Olympic Sculpture Park, Chittenden Locks, City Bus Excursion, Architecture Lecture
(Wednesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Use your voucher to enjoy a Hot American Breakfast or hot cereal, yogurt or other menu choices in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Board our coach to head to the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. At this stunning project of the Seattle Art Museum, developed in association with the Trust for Public Land to preserve the city’s last remaining waterfront property, we’ll experience a variety of contemporary sculpture in an outdoor setting surrounded by the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Learn about the Park’s history, dynamic spaces, design and layout.

The next stop is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks — also known as the Ballard Locks for their location — provide a link for boats between saltwater Puget Sound and the freshwater canal connecting local lakes. The grounds feature the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden, one of Seattle’s most beautiful park settings, and a fish ladder critical for salmon and steelhead heading upstream to spawn.

Our expert guide will lead your walk along the locks, the botanical garden, and fish ladder. Learn about the history and operation of this engineering marvel as you observe boats, flowers, and swimming fish.

 Lunch: Lunch is at a popular waterfront restaurant. Ferries cruise by, fireboats spray, seagulls squawk as we dine on tasty seafood such as chowder and delectable crab, complemented by hot sourdough bread (other choices also available).
 Afternoon: We’ll drive through the lovely University of Washington campus to Volunteer Park, with its Olmsted-designed conservatory and Seattle Asian Art Museum. Founded in 1861 in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast.

We'll stop at Volunteer Park, designed by the Olmstead Brothers, and then we'll explore the Conservatory and view the outstanding Asian art exhibits at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

You’ll have some time to relax and refresh at the hotel prior to dinner.

 Dinner: Enjoy a lovely Northwest-inspired dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Learn more about Seattle's fascinating architecture from an architectural historian who has deep knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for this topic.
   
Accommodations: Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Train to Vancouver, Gastown, Stanley Park
(Thursday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: Because our train leaves early, we'll pick up a boxed breakfast at the hotel to eat en route to Vancouver, B.C.
 Morning: We transfer to Amtrak's King Street station and board the train to Vancouver, following along salt water all the way. You’ll have great views of ferries, giant container ships, and green islands afloat in the blue of Puget Sound.
 Lunch: After arriving at Pacific Central Station, we'll transfer by motorcoach to a local restaurant for lunch.
 Afternoon: Then we'll get a first-hand look on a walking tour as your guide takes you through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods to gain fascinating (and occasionally offbeat) insights into the city's history, architecture, and people. Beginning with Gastown, the city’s birthplace, walk through this historic neighborhood, with much of its early architecture and character intact, and see how it is evolving into one of the cities newest residential areas.

Next, we'll explore historic Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre evergreen oasis near the downtown core with a natural West Coast atmosphere and backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock, and fir trees. Park landmarks include totem poles, monuments and sculptures, and a 5.5 mile seawall that encircles the entire park.

 Dinner: We'll enjoy dinner at the hotel on this relaxing evening.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture: "Towards a Sustainable Future," Discover Vancouver: Granville Island, Chinatown, Museum of Anthropology
(Friday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast with selections such as hot porridge, cold cereal with milk, toast with preserves and cream cheese, yogurt, eggs, one breakfast meat, fresh fruit, fruit juices, coffee/tea.
 Morning: Vancouver is part of a region known locally as the Salish Sea. You’ll learn about its history and historical precedents as well as the planning and sheer dumb luck that have enabled this city to achieve its status as one of the most “livable” cities in the world. Because everything the city does has an impact somewhere else, Vancouver is committed to being one of the most “sustainable” cities in the world.

We'll begin with an introductory lecture, "Towards a Sustainable Future — the Post War City," with your expert guide, who will lead you in an in-depth exploration of Vancouver's multi-faceted personality from past to present.

We'll begin exploring on Granville Island, home to a thriving artistic community of painters, furniture makers, jewelers, and even a cobbler. See how a sandbar was transformed first into an industrial area then into a renowned public market.

We'll move on to Chinatown, with its rich culture and striking collection of designated heritage buildings recalling the contributions of early pioneers and leaders.

 Lunch: After exploring one of North America's most important Chinatowns, we'll have a traditional "Dim Sum" lunch.
 Afternoon: We'll spend the afternoon on a field trip to one of Vancouver's finest institutions, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia — a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, stimulating programming, vibrant exhibitions, world arts and cultures. Here you’ll gain a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia as you explore one of the world’s outstanding collections of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts.

Canada’s largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, renowned for providing insights into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. Meet with Anthropology students from the University for an introduction to the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia. Explore an outstanding collection of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts.

 Dinner: Dinner will be at the Fish House in Stanley Park, set amid spectacular gardens and forests. The menu features a lovely variety of seafood options.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ferry to Victoria, Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill Park
(Saturday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast with selections such as hot porridge, cold cereal with milk, toast with preserves and cream cheese, yogurt, eggs, one breakfast meat, fresh fruit, fruit juices, coffee/tea.
 Morning: After breakfast, we board a motorcoach to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen (just south of Vancouver) and take the ferry to the terminal just north of Victoria, British Columbia. The trip across the Strait of Georgia and through the Southern Gulf Islands is wonderfully scenic. Crossing time is approximately 1-1/2 hours.

Upon arrival at Vancouver Island, we'll meet a local historian, who will accompany us to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. After an introduction to the Gardens on the motorcoach, we'll arrive in time for lunch.

 Lunch: Lunch at Butchart Gardens will be boxed so you may eat at your leisure.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a self-guided walk through one of the world's premier floral show gardens. Fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display are open to the public, offering spectacular views from the many paths that meander through the four main gardens. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of earlier times. Explore at your leisure the fabulous Gardens in all their seasonal glory.
 Dinner: We'll enjoy a dinner on the wharf at Milestones Grill.
 Evening: Mingle with new friends for an optional walk to Beacon Hill Park, just blocks from downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbor. The park has been a sanctuary of beauty and tranquility since 1882. It overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the principal outlet for the Georgia Strait and Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, that provides a portion of the international boundary between the Canada and the U.S.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Old Town Victoria and Harbor, Royal British Columbia Museum, Ferry to Friday Harbor
(Sunday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast to be served at the hotel. Your selections are hot porridge, cold cereal with milk, toast with preserves and cream cheese, yogurt and granola, fresh fruit, eggs, one breakfast mean, coffee/tea/juices.
 Morning: Discover the rich history and culture of British Columbia’s capital and western Canada’s oldest city. We begin with an illustrated lecture that presents Victoria’s natural and human history from the time of the First Nations through the Hudson’s Bay Company, 19th-century gold rushes, and modern development.

Then, we’ll explore the historic chapel and restored gardens of St. Ann’s Academy’s, continuing on foot as we walk into Old Town and around the historic harbor. At the famous Empress Hotel, examine the gardens and learn about its intriguing history and royal visits. Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms.

 Lunch: Lunch is on your own today so you can sample local fare according to your personal preferences.
 Afternoon: Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum and Art Gallery. Here at one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world, learn about the history of generations of people who have prospered in the land we know as British Columbia. Join a museum guide for a private presentation on the First Peoples Gallery providing a dramatic glimpse into the Pacific Northwest and First Nations cultures before and after the arrival of Europeans. Discover the meaning of the totem poles, the intricate and mythic reasons behind their carved masks, as well as the different cultural groupings of First Nations peoples in the Victoria area.

In the mid-afternoon, we'll take a short motor coach ride to the ferry terminal in Sidney where we'll depart for the San Juan Islands on the Washington State ferry. Relax and enjoy the emerald green water as you float by islands large and small on your way to the idyllic Friday Harbor community.

 Dinner: Upon arrival in Friday Harbor, we'll check into our hotel where dinner will be served.
   
Accommodations: Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: "Reflections on San Juan Island" Lecture, Whale Museum OR San Juan Historical Museum, San Juan Island National Historic Park: English Camp, Limekiln Park, Westcott Bay Sculpture Park OR Roche Harbor Village, History of Friday Harbor Lecture
(Monday, July 7)
   
 Breakfast: We'll have a continental breakfast in the Harbor Room which includes fresh fruit, assorted cold cereals and milk, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, assorted toasts, muffins and bagels with an assortment of spreads, coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: "Presentation "Reflections on San Juan Islands" offers an insider’s look at contemporary life in the Islands, as told by a local author who reflects on “island life.”

For this morning's field trip, we'll divide into two groups. Each group will visit one of two small, but significant, museums. (Tomorrow afternoon, your group will go to the museum you didn't see today.)

The nationally recognized Whale Museum is the first of its kind dedicated to promoting stewardship of whales — especially Orcas — and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. You’ll find a fascinating collection of exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts, including real whale skeletons and a family tree of the resident Orcas. You can also listen to the "songs " of various species of whales.

At the San Juan Historical Museum, the Executive Director will guide you back in time through the island's history. The museum consists of eight buildings, including an 1894 farmhouse, a carriage house, root cellar and milk house, the original San Juan County Jail, a barn, 1891 log cabin, and Resource Center. Each building houses displays and exhibits of early life on San Juan Island.

 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll explore the north side of the island. We'll choose to travel to either historic Roche Harbor Village or Westcott Bay Sculpture Park by chartered bus.

Roche Harbor, once a Hudson's Bay Company trading post and limestone production outpost, is now a popular resort featuring Historical Hotel de Haro; colorful gardens; and large marina.

Westcott Bay Sculpture Park contains over 100 sculptures scattered throughout its outdoor museum. Gaze at the striking artworks of bronze, wood, stone, ceramic, medal and glass created by notable Pacific Northwest artists.

Next we'll visit San Juan Island National Historic Park. Following the precedent set by the Great Pig War, in which the U.S. and Great Britain settled ownership of the island through peaceful arbitration, the Park now celebrates how disputes can be resolved without resorting to violence. The Park also encompasses a rich and diverse environment intimately involved with the island's 3,000 year human history. Today, we'll visit the English Camp, where the British military built their encampment.

Weather permitting, we’ll visit the scenic Lime Kiln Park, considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from the land. The Limekiln Lighthouse also serves as a whale research outpost.

 Dinner: We'll dine in the Harbor Room on Northwest green salad, roasted breast of chicken with potatoes/rice/pasta, chef's choice of veggies, dessert, coffee, tea and ice tea.
 Evening: Creative Spirit of the San Juan Islands. Enjoy a guest artist presentation-demonstration.
   
Accommodations: Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: "Wildlife of the San Juans" Lecture, San Juan Island National Historic Park: American Camp, Whale Museum OR San Juan Historical Museum, Artist Demonstration
(Tuesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: We'll have a continental breakfast in the Harbor Room which includes fresh fruit, assorted cold cereals and milk, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, assorted toasts, muffins and bagels with an assortment of spreads, coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: Expert lecture: "Wildlife of the San Juan Islands." Learn about local creatures of land, sea and sky from a local wildlife rehabilitation educational specialist

Today, we'll explore the south side of the island. At the San Juan Island National Historic Park, we'll visit the American encampment. An American Camp guide will provide a Park overview, followed by the opportunity for self-exploration of the trails, the remaining historical buildings on site, the grounds and the barracks.

 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Back in Friday Harbor, the two groups will have an opportunity to visit either the Whale Museum or San Juan Historical Museum, whichever they did not see yesterday. Then, take some free time to explore Friday Harbor on your own.
 Dinner: Dine this evening on Northwest green salad, prawns and scallops in a sun-dried tomato pesto with penne pasta, chef's choice veggie, dessert, coffee, tea and ice tea.
 Evening: "San Juan Island History." A local historian will provide insights regarding the historical establishment of the islands with a blend of politics, the founding of Friday Harbor, and the Great Pig War, a conflict involving American and British troops and warships that "could" have changed the course of history.
   
Accommodations: Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ferry to Anacortes, Motorcoach to Seattle, Pike Place Market, Space Needle
(Wednesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: We'll have a continental breakfast in the Harbor Room which includes fresh fruit, assorted cold cereals and milk, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, assorted toasts, muffins and bagels with an assortment of spreads, coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: Departing at 8:00am, we travel aboard the Washington State Ferry from Friday Harbor to Anacortes for a scenic trip past islands of the San Juan Archipelago in the Salish Sea. Crossing time is approximately 1-1/4 hours. Upon arrival in Anacortes, we travel via motorcoach to Seattle, where your luggage will be stored for later check-in.

In the hotel conference room, our expert local guide will tell you all about Pike's Place Market, a special place that is recognized as one of America's foremost farmers' markets, comprising nine acres and more than a century of history. Today, the market is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and more than 300 apartment units, most of which provide housing for low-income elderly people. "The Market," as locals affectionately call it, attracts millions of visitors a year, making it one of Washington state's most frequently visited destinations.

At the conclusion of the presentation, we’ll walk to the Market, 3 blocks from the hotel.

 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own at the Market with 60 restaurants and cafés from which to choose. After lunch, enjoy some free time to talk with farmers, artists, and explore the nooks and crannies abounding in five levels of shops.
 Afternoon: Meet the group and walk three blocks to Seattle's Monorail. The Monorail, built for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, is the best way to travel to the Seattle Center and the landmark Space Needle. It's a short ride but lots of fun!

Then zip to the top of the Space Needle, also built for the exposition in 1962. When the Space Needle was built it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The view is magnificent! You'll see cruise lines and cargo ships crossing Elliott Bay, the sparkling water of Lake Union, and the city streets abuzz with activity. The whole city will open up before you! Next, enter the world of legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly at the Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit. It's his biggest collection yet of beautiful glass art, indoors and out. Return via the Monorail with a short walk back to the hotel.

 Dinner: Relax at a leisurely dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Spend the remainder of the evening chatting with new friends about the special moments in your Pacific Northwest adventure. What's your favorite memory? Where would you like to revisit and learn more?
   
Accommodations: Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Program Concludes, Independent Departures
(Thursday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full buffet including hot and cold cereals, eggs, breakfast meats, toast, pancakes, pastry, fruit, juices, coffee, decaf, tea and milk.
 Morning: HOTEL CHECK-OUT: Noon

The program concludes with breakfast as we say farewell to new friends and take home a host of memories. We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will join us again for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Individual departures from Seattle.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Portland, OR Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
The 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 Garden
With 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 Garden
Discover 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 Society
Experience 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 Mansion
The 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 Museum
The 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 Airport
For 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 Garden
This 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 Cruise
Portland 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 Tours
Portland 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 Books
Powell'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 Portland
Portland'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 Met
Tri 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 Bicycle
Whether 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 Park
One 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 Market
Open 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 Museum
Located 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 Center
Originally 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 Waterfront
A 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 Seattle
Looking 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
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


A Traveller's History of Canada


Author: Robert Bothwell


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


Author: Jamie Ford


Snow Falling on Cedars


Author: David Guterson


Vancouver and Victoria Colourguide


Author: Candice Brissenden


Warship Under Sail


Author: Lorraine McConaghy


Waxwings


Author: Jonathan Raban




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