Pacific Northwest

The Best of the Pacific Northwest: Oregon to British Columbia

Discover the Pacific Northwest’s cultural bounty as you learn about its vibrant cities, world-class cuisine, verdant parks and unique museums and heritage centers.
Rating (4.71)
Program No. 19583RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

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 life in Victoria. Look for orcas off the Vancouver harbor and enjoy the parks and gardens of Victoria.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking two or more miles daily over varied terrain. Disembark ferries, trains and buses; transporting luggage.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take in Northwest highlights, including Multnomah Falls near Portland and Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
  • Travel by ferry to Vancouver, B.C. to meander through Gastown, the city's oldest neighborhood, and the renowned Museum of Anthropology.
  • Venture to Victoria, B.C., to explore Butchart Gardens, one of the top garden displays in the world.
Featured Expert
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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.

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

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John Adams
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John Atkin
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Joseph Couture
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Ron Butler
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Eric Wheeler
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Roger Dammarell
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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.
Portland: A Food Biography
by Heather Arndt Anderson
Indians of the Pacific Northwest: From the Coming of the White Man to the Present Day
by Vine Deloria Jr.
Exploring Vancouver, The Architectural Guide
by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward
Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia
by Blaine Harden
The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest
by Timothy Egan
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
The Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean
by Terry Glavin and Carl Safina
The Living
by Annie Dillard
New Land, North of the Columbia
by Lorraine McConaghy
In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History
by Ellen Morris Bishop
The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown

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