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The Faces of Oregon: Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge & the Coast

From awe-inspiring waterfalls to towering Mount Hood, from ancient forests to food-trendy Portland, explore the many wonders of Oregon on this great Northwestern adventure.
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Program No. 1834RJ
Length
6 days
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1,449
Oregon

The Faces of Oregon: Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge & the Coast

From awe-inspiring waterfalls to towering Mount Hood, from ancient forests to food-trendy Portland, explore the many wonders of Oregon on this great Northwestern adventure.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,449
Program No. 1834 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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May 22 - May 27, 2022
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Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
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Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2022
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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
1,689
Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
1,689
Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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1,689
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
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1,689
Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2022
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1,689
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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1,689
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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1,689

At a Glance

On four daylong field trips, discover the natural beauty and human history that make Oregon a state of wonder. Take in city highlights like the International Rose Test Garden, then explore the natural wonders outside the city, from the rugged Pacific Coast to the dramatic Columbia River Gorge to the volcanic Cascade Mountains. Each journey is accented by interesting, interactive activities, including a tasting of the Columbia Gorge's award-winning wines.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 1.5 miles on varied terrain. Elevations up to 6,000 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Gaze up at towering Mount Hood from majestic Timberline Lodge, one of the iconic great lodges of the West.
  • Stand in awe of the Columbia River Gorge’s magnificent waterfalls and captivating vistas.
  • Visit the rugged Oregon Coast, including the mouth of the Columbia River, known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific” and spend time in Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.

General Notes

2022 dates of this program are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
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David Lukas
David Lukas is a Portland-based naturalist and author who has been leading Road Scholar programs since 1984. He is the author of six books including "Language Making Nature," a handbook on the art of creating new words. David now works on travel and educational videos, as well as a website that provides resources for travelers seeking the world’s best wildlife spectacles. Throughout his career, he has contributed to over 35 Lonely Planet travel books.

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

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David Lukas View biography
David Lukas is a Portland-based naturalist and author who has been leading Road Scholar programs since 1984. He is the author of six books including "Language Making Nature," a handbook on the art of creating new words. David now works on travel and educational videos, as well as a website that provides resources for travelers seeking the world’s best wildlife spectacles. Throughout his career, he has contributed to over 35 Lonely Planet travel books.
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John Jarvie is a history teacher at several colleges in the area with Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. as his main campus. He has been working for the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center for over a decade, giving information to visitors about state and regional points of interest, local history and the Oregon Trail.
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Vince Patton is a 35-year veteran of television journalism, winning 10 Emmy Awards and 3 dozen other regional and national honors. He spent the last 8 years of his broadcast career in public television in his dream job, traveling all round this region telling stories about nature, science and wildlife. Now, in his retirement, Vince is the president of the largest genealogy library in the Pacific Northwest.
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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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Eric Wheeler View biography
Eric Wheeler has over twenty years of experience as an architectural historian. He has written numerous National Register nominations, taught graduate level classes in architectural history and consulted with architects and realtors. Eric discovered the Pacific Northwest several years ago and continues to explore and interpret the captivating built environment of Portland and environs. Currently Eric designs and leads outings for his architectural walking Meetup group: Positively Portland Walking Tours. Eric has been leading walking excursions for Road Scholar since 2017.
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.
The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest
by Timothy Egan
In this mesmerizing book, Egan retraces a journey made in 1853 by Theodore Winthrop, the author of the first national book about the Pacific Northwest. As he travels Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia by unconventional means, Egan reflects on Winthrop's predictions for the northwest, mourns the loss of so much natural beauty, and casts visions of the landscapes that have escaped the march of modern development. Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
Portland: Yesterday & Today
by Ted Katauskas
Portland: Yesterday & Today features spectacular imagery and brings to life all the favorite destinations that make the city so unique. From the sprawling, verdant Forest Park to the towering U.S. Bancorp Tower (Big Pink), this book will give you a new appreciation for all that Portland has to offer.
A Chef's Bounty: Celebrating Oregon's Cuisine
by William King
A Chef's Bounty includes recipes from many of the most successful chefs in Oregon. It is a full-page, full-color book that features sustainable cooking and gives background insight into Oregon cuisine from all the unique regions of the state.
Notable Women of Portland
by Tracy J. Prince and Zadie J. Schaffer
This book offers a radically different portrayal of the growth the city of Portland has experienced. Its focus is on the early female pioneers of the city and the many incredible and lasting impacts they had on the area.
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
by Peter Stark
This thrilling and harrowing volume tells the story of the 1810 Astor Expedition, which followed in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark to establish the first settlement in the Pacific Northwest. John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson dreamed of transforming the region into a world trading power. Instead, the cruelty of the wilderness and the clash of ambitions led to a grim failure that serves as a reminder of the frailty of the human body and will.
Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said It Couldn't Be Done
by Peg Willis
Peg Willis takes the reader on a journey along the Columbia River and explores the early beginnings of this highway that became known as a man-made miracle. Willis meets with two of the men responsible for the highway's creation and development, and explores the consequences (good and bad) of this architectural marvel.
Portland: Then and Now
by Dan Haneckow
Focusing primarily on the development and growth of the city, this book takes a look at how the city has changed from a small-town to big-city mindset, complete with the good and bad consequences of these changes.
A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia
by Blaine Harden
An insightful look into the many changes the Columbia River has undergone as a result of human exploitation. Harden weighs the pros and cons of river development and provides his unique perspectives, in addition to those of Native Americans, environmentalists, & individualist locals.
Oregon Trail Stories: True Accounts of Life in a Covered Wagon
by David Klausmeyer
Read through the exhilarating narratives from real letters, diaries and more. These first-hand tales of death, love, adversity and exploration offer insight into the lives of the early Western Pioneers.
Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship
by Barbara Roberts
A political memoir by one of the first, and only governors in the history of the United States, Up the Capitol Steps explains the frustrations of being a woman in politics, while also showing the incredible successes and positives that come with it.
Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001
by Jewel Lansing
One of the most detailed and definitive books on the full history of the city of Portland. The seedy undercurrents of early society in Portland are revealed, along with details of crime, corruption, prohibition, racism and commercial development.
Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive History
by David Peterson Del Mar
This detailed look into the history of Oregon offers jarring perspectives that clash with traditional stereotypes of the state and its residents. The author focuses on those that have been left out of the prosperous society that the pioneers originally looked to create and gives fresh insight into some historical assumptions that, upon further review, may not have been so true.





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