The Many Faces of Oregon: Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge and Oregon 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
6 days
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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 and exquisite Japanese Gardens, 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 Willamette Valley’s award-winning wines.
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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 drive through Astoria the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.
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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. His style and presentation are a favorite to Road Scholar participants.
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Keith Lachowicz
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Jule Gilfillan
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Joseph Couture
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Mary Jean Rivera
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Todd Hansen
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