16188
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 (4.97)
Program No. 16188RJ
Length
10 days
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2,499
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4.97 Average
Kathleen
(5)

Variety of experiences and places to see; learned a lot; had great leaders.

Roger
(5)

Try it, you will lite it !

Mary
(5)

The Oregon coast was breathtaking. Crater Lake and the Sequoias were some of my favorite memories. It was more strenuous than I anticipated. I needed to modify a number of outings.

Ken
(5)

Experience the Redwoods, accompanied by a naturalist that can give you an insight into their presence and survival. Enjoy the uniqueness and beauty of the Oregon coast and the incomparable Crater Lake. This is a relaxed and uplifting program you won't want to miss.

Susan
(5)

Fabulous experience. I am so impressed with Oregon!

John
(5)

This was a very good trip to experience most of Oregon, while seeing some fantastic highlights.

Virginia
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I enjoyed the area. I thought the hotels we stayed at were fine. The food was not what I expected. the choices for a few of the meals was limited to chicken, pork or greasy looking pasta. I would expect yo have more sea food choices since we were close to the sea. I felt like the cheapest option was chosen for a lot of the meals. I also felt that there were not very many choices for eating healthy since the salad for most suppers was just plain salad with nothing that could be added to to it to make it better. I also felt like have supper at 7 or 730pm was very late. The leadership was a little lacking also. At one point when the group was laughing and having fun they were asked to be quiet so that the leader could speak. It seems if the group is having fun they should be allowed to. I also felt that it would have been much more efficient to give the lecture on tectonic plates on the bus ride so we could have may be spent more time on the dunes. I appreciate that it is difficult to arrange these trips but i would ask for most of all more sea food, better salads, a relaxed time frame that does not include 2 hours in the class room and better more relaxed handling of the crowd.

don
(5)

you will learn about the science, history, and culture of the natural areas and the people who recognized the value of these beautiful places.

Elizabeth
(4)

Oregon is a stunningly beautiful state with unparalleled diversity in geography and richly interesting history. Seeing all this trip had to offer while being in an "air conditioned" climate, made a wonderful summer trip.

Ruth
(5)

If you love a variety of great outdoor activities this is for you. I fell in love with nature all over again. We experienced beaches, light houses, sand dunes, red woods, cave, Crater Lake, massive red wood forests and the lava flows all in one trip. The walking was beautiful and not strenuous climbing.

Mary
(5)

This is a great site and Road Scholar will help you to continue learning each and every day.

Julie
(5)

This tour has an awesome itinerary. I loved all the places that we visited. I loved the dune buggy ride, the jet boat ride and the cave exploration. The scenery was great.

Juanita
(5)

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step....This trip is an exhilarating adventure, filled with picturesque coastlines and countless memorable new experiences; riding the sand dunes & jet boats, exploring caves, hiking Newberry Volcanic Monument & Multnomah Falls as well as taking in the unparalleled beauty of the Redwoods & Crater Lake. Add to that our outstanding Program Guide, Kathleen Fitzgerald, ever so knowledgeable of all the areas we covered and peppered with a lively personality & contagious enthusiasm that kept us both entertained and informed. Kathleen's many stories were especially enjoyable and also hilarious. John Ford covered with expertise the geology of the area & Miles Phillips expanded our knowledge of the plants/trees & wildlife. Our guides were prepared to answer our many questions without hesitation. Our attentive bus driver, Tim, kept us & all the wonderful folks we met safe & secure along the way. The motor coach was extremely comfortable w/large windows, a restroom, videos, on board outlets to recharge our devices & wi-fi, although sometimes spotty because of the area we traveled. Plenty of rest breaks to stretch & use the facilities. We enjoyed a variety of pleasant accommodations especially at the ocean & riverside, all with comfortable beds, substantial & varied food, along with some special meals & tasty, fresh picnic sandwiches. Check in was always handled quickly & smoothly. No waiting around. Did I mention, the singing, meditation, yoga, joke telling & chocolates our group enjoyed to help us pass the time on some of the longer stretches?! A huge thank you to Kathleen for all of this. This is an active trip with very full days from early morning until well after dinner. It is a LOT of miles to cover & a wonderful "sampling" of all Oregon has to offer. You will be exhausted and enlivened at the end of each day ........ we regretted only that it came to an end.

Stanley
(5)

A wonderful trip. My husband and I learned so much about Oregon, the California Redwoods, and many other sites along the way. It was well worth taking this adventure.

Michael
(5)

Review from Michael Thoryn and Patricia Phillips This trip gets far away from big cities to see some remarkable natural wonders. Highlights for us were lighthouses, sand dunes, rocky driftwood strewn beaches, California Redwoods, Crater Lake, Oregon Caves, and the Oregon Aquarium with its natural outdoor setting. Geology professor Bob Lillie explained earthquakes, volcanoes and the urgent need to find high ground if a tsunami threatens. The sights are far apart so you’ll spend a lot of time on a comfortable bus.

Nancy
(5)

This was a great trip that enabled you to see the Oregon coast, the Redwoods, Crater Lake, and more. The scenery was beautiful, and our group was fun to travel with.

Kerri
(5)

I have been on 11 trips and this was one of my favorites. The group leader, Moira was so good, fun, energetic, I would consider taking another if she was the leader. And Bob's passion made the geology so interesting... earthquakes, tsunamies, volcanoes! Besides the amazing group leaders, Oregon is a beautiful and amazing place.

Ada
(5)

Wonderful program and highly recommended for nature lovers!

Susan
(5)

This is a very interesting program if you would like to learn about the geology and beauty of the Oregon Coast and more. Be advised, it is almost 1300 miles of bus travel, but we had a very nice bus with a fantastic driver, Nazeer. Our "nuts and bolts" leader Moira was delightfully fantastic. And geology professor Bob helped us make sense of the geology and landscape. We saw many different landscapes and areas of Oregon and northern California; the educational activities tied it all together. If rocky shores, redwoods, and Crater Lake are on your bucket list, you'll love this program. It was a larger group of 35 - bigger than the other programs I've enjoyed. I prefer smaller groups. The food was very good for the most part.

Jerry
(5)

The Oregon Coast tour experience was wonderful and I highly recommend this tour to others who wish to visit Oregon and Northern California. The scenic views were outstanding at each attraction.

Marilyn
(5)

Road Scholar does a fantastic job. Really enjoyed the trip. The only problem I encountered was the bed in the Holiday Inn in Portland. The mattress was not good. Dipped in the middle, uncomfortable. Had nice sheets on though. Would go on another trip with them.

Cassie
(5)

This program exceeded my expectations! Lynn and Carol Unser were fantastic guides and leaders. I have always wanted to see this part of the US, and this program let me see so much of Oregon that I never knew about! Thank you Lynn and Carol Unser and Road Scholar for a memorable trip!

John
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Knowledge of staff-- 9 out of 10 Schedule as published--- 7 out of 10 :Accommodations-- 8 out of 10 Food Service-- 8 out of 10 Problem areas Not following schedule resulting in extra long days Schedule of 10/12 hr days too long Accommodations at Organ Caves Chateau substandard Food Service at Driftwood Shores substandard John Nolan

Sandra
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This is a wonderful trip. We had ten days on the road seeing beautiful scenery and learning about the ecology and geology of Oregon and the redwoods. The only possible downside is - ten days on the road. There was a lot of time on the bus, but that is what's required to cover as much territory and to see as much as we did. It was exhausting but exhilarating.

Gerald
(5)

This is one of the best guided trips we have ever been on. We really feel like we understand the areas in Oregon and the California Coastal redwood areas much better now. The group leader, the instructor and the bus driver were a delight to spend 9 days with. We HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone who would like to learn about the mentioned areas.

Dorothy
(5)

Good value, good educational leaders, great travel companions.

Astrid
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Overall, a great trip! Suggestions: the bus used was not suitable for touring! The green lettering across some of the windows obstructed views and made it difficult to see and take photos out of the bus. (The driver was excellent!) (Same Bus Co. was used for Program #1834 - very annoying!) I recommend that the guides direct the driver at Crater Lake entrance. We wasted 1/2 hour going the wrong direction which cut considerably into the available time we had on the rim. The Group and Study Leaders sit in the front row, so they should be able to assist with directions! Overall, I recommend the trip and hope to go back to Oregon on one of their hiking trips.

Patricia
(5)

If you would like to visit Oregon and have only a short period of time to do so, this is the trip to take.

Donna
(5)

The Oregon coastline is a beautiful and almost primitive coast unlike the east, gulf or lower California coastline. Instructors are very knowledgeable and interesting. It's cooler along the coast than I expected so bring layers.

Benjamin
(5)

This is the perfect program for seeing the large area of western Oregon and the California redwoods. We saw at least one amazing, five star place every day. No disappointments. However, seeing any of these things in depth is not on the program. Do that on your own later, I guess.

Joanne
(5)

Better than expected. Accommodation good and food and where we ate better than expected. Tour guides excellent.

Donna
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

My first time in Oregon. This trip is a good mix of beaches, mountains, valleys and volcanoes. Our group leaders, Carol and Lynn, have a vast amount of knowledge of the area and were very helpful to those in need of assistance. Very organized, we were always on time and expected at restaurants and places of lodging. This is truly an "on the road" trip and covers the 1200 miles necessary to see all of the great sites on the tour. Your education on the local geology, botany, zoology, forestry and history is almost continuous on the bus. Plenty of hearty food, 3 meals per day; even the 2 box lunches were good. Would recommend clothes for all weather conditions, but especially a hoodie or parka that cinches around your face, very helpful for the dune buggy ride and river cruise. You will also need a daypack for the bus. Our kind driver, Tim, is an excellent driver and we felt very safe with him at the wheel. He also kept the bus immaculately clean. Highly recommend this tour.

Brian
(5)

This program provided us with the opportunity to see and learn about a wide range of beautiful places in Oregon and Northern California. The scenery was spectacular. The activities were interesting and exciting. The instructors were great. We thoroughly enjoyed just about every part of this tour.

Sheryl
(5)

The trip was well organized, fully packed with the diverse and amazing geology of the Oregon Coast. The best way to learn: read about it, hear about it, see it, experience it.

Walter
(5)

This program has many interesting activities, from the Rogue River boat trip to Lava Lands to hikes among the redwood giants. If you are curious about the west coast, this trip is the place to learn.

Ellice
(5)

Excellent Program. Well worth the price.

Candy
(5)

Highly recommend this trip with Carol and Lynn Unser...can't imagine it being better






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