Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 97 miles throughout the day; approximately 2.5 hours total drive time, with stops for field trips. Walking approximately 1.5 miles throughout the day; standing at the museum up to 2 hours at a time; seating available. Elective climb of 164 steps to top of column spire.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, pastries and breads, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We will meet in the lobby, check out from our hotel and set out via motorcoach to Astoria, Oregon. Upon arrival, we will visit the Astoria Column that stands on Astoria's highest hill. The Astoria Column is a pillar located in the heart of Astoria, which provides the local history in mural form on the exterior walls of the column, and breathtaking views from the top. Those who wish to climb the 164 steps to the top of this 125-foot spire will have an impressive view of the Columbia River. With a local expert, we will learn about the history of the Astoria Column, its construction, and the meaning behind each of the layers of the column.
At a local restaurant, we will have a plated meal featuring salads and sandwiches with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We will hop on our motorcoach and ride to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. On arrival, we will set out on a docent-led field trip to explore the exhibits. We will learn more about the history of the surrounding area. We will then have independent time to explore to museum. Founded in 1962, the Columbia River Maritime Museum has become one of the top maritime museums in the country, with the mission of preserving the maritime heritage of the Columbia River region and the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can explore the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark. It was the final lightship to be moored at the mouth of the Columbia River. Visitors can also roam the museum’s collection of more than 30,000 items, experience what it was like to pilot a tugboat in the tugboat simulator, and hear stories of Coast Guard rescues on the Columbia River Bar. Next, we will drive a short distance and check in to our hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
In the hotel meeting room, we will have a catered buffet meal featuring a choice of main course, side dish, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
In the hotel meeting room, a member of the Maritime Archaeological Society located in Astoria will join us to discuss the fascinating tools and techniques used in the discovery and investigation of shipwrecks at the bottom of the sea off of the Oregon coast.