Pacific Northwest
The Best of the Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington and 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.
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Program No. 19583MPU
12 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 contemporary life in the San Juan Islands. Look for orcas off the Vancouver harbor and enjoy the parks and gardens of Victoria.
Activity Level
Walking two or more miles daily over varied terrain (see daily activity notes for more details). Disembark ferries, trains and buses; transporting baggage.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take in Northwest highlights, including Multnomah Falls near Portland and Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
  • Travel by train to Vancouver, B.C., and meander through Gastown, Chinatown and the Museum of Anthropology.
  • Ferry to Victoria, B.C., and savor Butchart Gardens.

General Notes

Itinerary varies by date.
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Michael Vouri
Michael Vouri is chief of interpretation and historian for San Juan Island National Park. He is a passionate historian with an unmatched knowledge of regional history and exploration, and the author of five books about the Pig War, the Royal Marines and San Juan Island history. He has worked as a reporter and editor for weekly and daily newspapers, as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Air Force and as assistant director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. He began his career in history with the Whatcom Museum History and Art in Bellingham, Wash., where he curated exhibitions in addition to being the museum's public affairs officer. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a crew chief of an O-1 Bird Dog in the Mekong Delta. Mike has been a popular Road Scholar instructor on San Juan Island since 1997.
John Adams
Charles Elliott
Mimi Sheridan
John Atkin
Joseph Couture
Michael Vouri
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