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Oregon/California

On the Road: The Oregon Coast, California Redwoods & Crater Lake

Explore ancient redwood forests, see the clear waters of America’s deepest lake and learn about unique Northwest landscapes alongside experts.
Rating (3.5)
Program No. 16188RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,499
Oregon/California

On the Road: The Oregon Coast, California Redwoods & Crater Lake

Explore ancient redwood forests, see the clear waters of America’s deepest lake and learn about unique Northwest landscapes alongside experts.
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,499
Length
10 days
Rating (3.5)
Starts at
2,499
Program No. 16188RJ

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Aug 5 - Aug 14, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 5 - Aug 14, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Aug 19 - Aug 28, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2022
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3,199
Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2022
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3,199
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Sep 15 - Sep 24, 2023
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At a Glance

From the jagged alpine terrain of the Cascade Mountains to mossy rainforests and wave-battered headlands, discover why the Northwest landscape is as awe-inspiring as it is unique. Learn alongside experts as you explore some of the world’s grandest natural wonders.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Must be able to walk up to two miles a day. Be prepared for walking on uneven ground, unpaved trails or sandy beaches. There are steep stairs at some locations that will require you to be sure-footed. Elevations of 4,000-7,100 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Marvel at a massive volcanic caldera at Crater Lake.
  • Experience the thrills, excitement and breathtaking scenery of the Rogue River on an expert-led jet boat ride.
  • Touch trees rooted when Caesar ruled Rome in the world’s largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods.
Featured Expert
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Roger Dammarell
After retiring from a 33-year career as a radio DJ, Roger began as a Group Leader with Road Scholar’s Portland office in 2010. Born in Idaho, he’s lived in Washington, Montana and California before settling in Corvallis, Oregon in 1998. Roger has a BA in communication and became a Certified Tour Director in 2010 after attending the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco. His affinity for travel and knowledge of the Pacific Northwest has made him a Road Scholar favorite.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Roger Dammarell View biography
After retiring from a 33-year career as a radio DJ, Roger began as a Group Leader with Road Scholar’s Portland office in 2010. Born in Idaho, he’s lived in Washington, Montana and California before settling in Corvallis, Oregon in 1998. Roger has a BA in communication and became a Certified Tour Director in 2010 after attending the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco. His affinity for travel and knowledge of the Pacific Northwest has made him a Road Scholar favorite.
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Linda Wanless View biography
Linda Wanless was born under a wandering star in Lubbock, Texas. She wandered through Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, California and the Oregon coast before moving to Portland in 1980. She retired from the health insurance industry and connected with Road Scholar in 2006. She enjoys sharing the beauty and her love of the Pacific Northwest with others. In her off time, Linda enjoys puttering with her flowers, reading, photography, classical music and the company of her family and Shih Tzu, Scooter.
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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, John L. Ford has held many titles. He was part of a touring rock band, spent time as a photojournalist, and worked as a Federal Ranger at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and as a marine mammal biologist. He is also a first responder with the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network and a member of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators. John has been an instructor with Road Scholar for over 20 years.
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T. (Theresa) McCracken has been a naturalist, historian and humorist on the Oregon Coast for over 30 years. She's fought forest fires, was once named Forest Service Pacific Northwest Interpreter of the year, hitchhiked up much of Africa, recuperated from elephantiasis at Jane Goodall's Gombe National Park, took a barge 1,500 miles down the Congo, had cartoons published in hundreds of magazines and books, wrote a book titled "Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon's Love Cult," and flossed every day of her adult life.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History
by John Evarts and Marjorie Popper
Coast Redwood is the first contemporary illustrated book to focus exclusively on the natural and cultural history of the world's tallest tree.
Crater Lake National Park: A History
by Rick Harmon
It Happened in Oregon
by James A. Crutchfield
In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History
by Ellen Morris Bishop
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion & Daring
by Richard Preston
Roadside History of Oregon
by Bill Gulick
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10 days
9 nights
24 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Portland, OR
D
Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the hotel meeting room to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. This is a Road Scholar On The Road (OTR) program. OTR journeys take participants to multiple study sites in a region with a number of overnight stays. Lectures, talks, discussions, field trips, and on-board commentary amplify the program theme. Some journeys involve great distances and may take hours, others are much shorter. Long or short, On the Road journeys are learning experiences that make the most of our time together. This program is staffed with a Study Leader and Group Leader. Field trips and lectures will be led by our knowledgeable Study Leader unless noted otherwise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In our meeting space at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
2
Portland Coffee, Oregon Wine, Alder House of Glass
Newport, OR
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 150 miles throughout the day, approximately 3 hours total riding time. Walking about 1 mile throughout the day; paved pathways.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll begin our morning by learning about the coffee and tea culture of Portland by exploring a local establishment. We will then go to a wine purveyor.

Lunch: At a local winery.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will have an expert-led tasting and winery exploration. We will then continue our motorcoach journey down the Oregon Coast paying attention to its ever-changing spectacular viewpoints. We will stop for a field trip at Alder House of Glass in Lincoln City, Oregon, and have an opportunity watch an artist blow glass in the hot shop. We’ll then ride on to Newport, Oregon, and check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the bay.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Head Light House
Newport, OR
B,L
Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 16 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking about 1.5 miles; paved and unpaved pathways, rocky and sandy beaches. Possibility of getting wet at Marine Science Center.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will gather with our Group Leader for a lecture on Oregon’s coastal geology. We’ll then board a motorcoach with our Group Leader for a field trip to Hatfield Marine Science Center. We’ll explore the rocky inter-tidal habitat, see some of the creatures that live there, and learn about environmental forces that make this ever-changing habitat a challenging place. We will also have an opportunity to handle and observe critters that may be there such as snails, sea urchins, barnacles, crabs, and sea anemones. We’ll learn about each animal’s habitat, anatomy, diet, and more.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we will ride to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Built in August 1873, it stands 93 feet tall on the beautifully rocky western headland. We’ll admire the sea on an informative walk around the premises with a local expert. The motorcoach will take us to Nye Beach where we will have an opportunity for independent exploration. Occupying less than a mile of coastline and reaching inland a few blocks, Nye Beach has beach access, boutiques, a vibrant arts scene, a variety of restaurants, and stunning views.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: We will regroup at an announced time and place, board the motorcoach, and ride back to the hotel.

DAY
4
Cape Perpetua, Heceta Head Lighthouse, Sand Dunes
Bandon, OR
B,D
Bandon Inn

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach; driving about 124 miles throughout the day, approximately 3 hours total riding time. Getting on/off dune buggies; riding about 7-10 miles, slightly less than approximately an hour. Walking about 2 miles, approximately 2 hours; maintained trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and ride to Cape Perpetua. There, we’ll set out on an interpretive walk with our Study Leader. As we walk along the trail on the way to the summit 800 feet above sea level, we’ll learn about native wildflowers, trees, and animals before taking in the beautiful views from atop Cape Perpetua. Reboarding the motorcoach, we will take a short ride to Heceta Head Lighthouse and set out with our Study Leader on a 1.5 mile round trip walking field trip. We will be able to see the lighthouse from a distance and enjoy breathtaking views and photo opportunities, then ride to Old Town Florence.

Lunch: On your own to have what you like in Old Town Florence. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Next, we will ride to the Oregon Dunes, the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, that extends 60 miles along the coast from Florence to Coos Bay. These dunes are not visible from the highway, so upon arrival we’ll climb aboard a giant dune buggy for a thrilling ride over the mountains of sand. The ride will culminate in a stop atop one of the highest dunes in North America, 600 feet high! We will then return to the motorcoach and ride on to our hotel in Brandon for check-in.

Dinner: At a popular restaurant in Bandon, Oregon.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
Rogue River Jet Boats, California’s Towering Redwoods
Eureka, CA
B,L,D
Red Lion Eureka

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 200 miles, approximately 4.5 hours. Getting on/off jet boats; riding about 64 miles round-trip, approximately 4.5 hours riding time plus stop. Walking about 1/2 mile, approximately 1/2 hour; flat, maintained trail loop.

Breakfast: At the hotel, will have to-go breakfasts to take with us.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and ride to the dock on the Rogue River where we’ll climb into a jet boat for a thrilling ride up the wild and scenic river. Our boat captain will navigate the rapids in this gorgeous river valley while we keep our eyes peeled for osprey and other wildlife. The jet boat ride will be a dynamic introduction to the southern Oregon coast’s back country. Our instructor will provide commentary on the beautiful coastal trees that will line our route while aboard. We’ll stop at Cougar Lane Lodge.

Lunch: At Cougar Lane Lodge.

Afternoon: Back aboard the motorcoach, we will continue our ride south to Eureka, California. We’ll have an on-board lecture given by our instructor as we have our first encounter with the majestic redwoods of the coast. These trees in northern California are some of the world’s tallest anywhere and we will have several stops along the way to get a closer look at them. We’ll check in to our hotel upon arrival in Eureka.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Avenue of the Giants, Redwoods Walk, Victorian Village
Eureka, CA
B,L,D
Red Lion Eureka

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 70 miles, approximately 1.5 hours riding time. Walking about 1/2 mile, approximately 1/2 hour; flat, maintained trail.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will set out on a scenic ride along world-famous Avenue of the Giants. Our Study Leader will provide narration along the 31 miles of lush redwood groves. This is considered by many to be the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500-mile redwood belt. We’ll make a stop for a short loop walk overshadowed by these giant redwoods — a perfect picture taking opportunity.

Lunch: Amid the redwoods, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of the redwood forest while our Study Leader points out fascinating aspects of this forest of giants. We will also stop in Ferndale at the scenic Victorian Village, a living history museum of Victorian and other architectural treasures, for a self-directed exploration.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
7
California Redwoods, Jedediah Smith State Park
Grants Pass, OR
B,L,D
Riverside Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 165 miles, approximately 3.5 hours riding time. Walking about 1 mile, standing up to 1 hour; maintained trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will continue our exploration of the redwoods as we travel to a local redwood park. Here, we will board gondolas for a breathtaking journey through the canopy. At the top we will make a stop at the observation deck for a chance to soak up even more incredible views.

Lunch: At the park, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: Heading back up north through the spectacular redwoods, we’ll stop at the Jedediah Smith State Park, renowned for its beauty. As we look around, we will learn from our instructor about the old growth redwood forests and the history of the park. Arriving in Grants Pass, we will check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Grants Pass.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
8
Crater Lake National Park
La Pine, OR
B,L,D
Best Western Newberry Station

Activity note: Activity Notes Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 200 miles, approximately 4 hours. Walking less than 1/2 mile, approximately 1/2 hour; paved trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll board our motorcoach and ride to Crater Lake with a lecture about the lake en route.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The sublime beauty of Crater Lake — 36 cliff-lined miles in circumference and 6 miles across — is legendary. The caldera was formed by the eruption and ensuing collapse of Mount Mazama almost 7,700 years ago. We will drive along the crater’s Rim Drive and stop for a breathtaking look from the brink of this iconic northwestern natural landform. We’ll then continue our and check in to the hotel in La Pine.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
9
Lava Lands Walk, Multnomah Falls, Transfer To Portland
Portland, OR
B,L,D
Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 236 miles, approximately 4.5 hours riding time. Walking about 1 mile, up to approximately 1 hour depending on route; paved trail, minimal elevation change.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out, we’ll board our motorcoach and ride to the Visitor Center at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. With a local expert and our Study Leader, we’ll set out on a walking field trip through a lava flow. This visit will tie together much of what we have learned throughout our explorations, from geology to climate and everything in between.

Lunch: At a diner in Redmond, Oregon.

Afternoon: We will ride on to the Museum at Warm Springs — part of the Confederated Tribes of The Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon — for a self-directed exploration. There are opportunities to experience the sounds of ancient songs and languages, see examples of traditional crafts, and enjoy sights of rich and colorful cultures that make up the Confederated Tribes. Moving on, we’ll skirt the flanks of Mt. Hood on our way to the Columbia River Gorge and thundering Multnomah Falls, the state’s highest waterfall. We’ll get off the motorcoach for a walking field trip with our Study Leader along a pleasant trail to get a better look. We’ll then ride on to Portland and check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We will gather for a wrap-up session to review highlights of our adventures. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
Portland, OR
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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