Flying into the Portland International Airport is quite scenic with the City Skyline, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and Mt. St. Helens suddenly appearing out your window. Upon descending the escalator towards baggage claim, you will be greeted by your Pacific Northwest Tour Manager to assist you in claiming your luggage and getting aboard the motor coach that is awaiting you.
Your ‘home away from home’ for the next three nights is ready for you and after settling in, enjoy the tax-free shopping downtown or at one of the shopping malls. No hurry, as dinner is on your own tonight, and there are many fine eateries to choose from.
“It’s A Bloomin’ Good Day in Portland!”
Portland is called the “Rose City” and with very good reason. After you visit the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden and Rose Garden Store you will understand why. Next stop is the Japanese Garden, tranquil, peaceful and so beautiful.
Pittock Mansion sitting high on the bluff commanding an unparalleled view of the City was built by the founder of our newspaper, The Oregonian. It truly is an architectural marvel not only on the outside but the inside as well. No expense was spared on this home, built for his wife and family. Oh yes, to celebrate those roses….Mrs. Pittock came up with the idea of hosting a festival to honor that flower…ring any bells?
No visit to the Rose City would be complete without a visit to China Town. The famous House of Louie will be preparing your lunch, and after a guided tour in the Lan Su Chinese Garden (actually designed and built by the Chinese), tea will be enjoyed at the Tea House.
There is so much to see and with limited time, a narrated Portland City Tour on your motor coach will round out your day.
Sunset, the city skyline at day’s end, delicious cuisine, and service that is white gloved all to be experienced on a river cruise….a perfect end to a perfect day.
“The Spectacular Columbia River Gorge and Majestic Mt. Hood”
On the Scenic Byway, you will enjoy: Chanticleer Park; The Vista House at Crown Point; Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls Lodge and Gift Shop; Bonneville Dam Visitor Center & Salmon Fish Ladder. A stop for lunch with a view of the Columbia River at the Hood River Inn.
Become nostalgic at the world famous Timberline Lodge, built during the 1930’s and entirely by hand….wait until you see the size of those beams holding this building together!To really experience the history of Mt. Hood, your next stop will be the Mt. Hood Cultural Museum.
End the day at your hotel with dinner on your own.
“The Pacific or Bust!”
Check out of Portland Lodging establishment
Just in time for a mid-morning snack, a stop at Camp 18. It is here you will bite into what is probably the BEST Cinnamon roll you have ever had! Take time to view the pictures and equipment of the logging industry of yesteryear! Get your cameras ready….next stop is Tolovana Park and a view of Haystack Rock and the Needles. This is undoubtedly one of the most photographed spots on the West Coast!
Wearing comfortable shoes? You will need them to walk up the stairs to the top of Astoria Column. The view from the top is….well….over the top! Astoria was founded by Sea Captains…and to miss the Flavel House Museum would be a sin. Elegance and style, but with comfort in mind…one will be amazed at this beauty!
Lunch will be at the Fort George Brewery and Public House. Tour the brewery and savor the taste test of their brews!
The Columbia River has been the lifeblood of the region for centuries…and the Columbia River Maritime Museum tells the story like no other! Ever wonder what it is really like to be on a boat in a 10-foot swell? You will experience this and more!
Check into your Long Beach WA lodging facility.
Dinner on your own.
“Best of the Bog and the Bay”
Begin the day in the quaint and historic Oysterville. Hear the stories of how ‘gold’ was discovered here….not the shiny kind, but the kind that comes in an Oyster shell!
Walking tour of Oysterville
Presentation and Oyster shucking demonstration by the owner of Willapa Oyster Farm
Box lunch at Oysterville schoolhouse with activity
Concert by musicians at Oysterville Old Church
Shopping for mementos at Oysterville Store
Cranberries are indigenous to this area, as the Native Americans dried and used them to flavor their salmon dishes during the long cold winter months. This has become a Peninsula staple crop, and the Cranberry Museum and gift shop are where one will hear the stories of this holiday favorite!
If you are fortunate to schedule this tour during harvest time….about the first or second week of October, a tour of the Ocean Spray Cranberry Processing Plant is a must…..and not to be overlooked.
Spend the evening dining in a restored depot, or overlooking the ocean…the choice is yours.
Overnight in Long Beach lodging facility
“Ocean in View, Oh the Joy!”
The Corp of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark spent 18 days on the Peninsula and no visit to this area would be complete without their story being told.
The morning begins with a walking tour on Discovery Trail. Along the way, you will see the Gray Whale skeleton, Bronze Sturgeon with Basalt Marker and Clark’s tree.
To really understand the magnitude of this feat, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum showcases the historical artifacts of the Chinookan way of life and items from the Corp itself.
Next, on to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. This interactive center not only tells the Lewis and Clark saga from the beginning but also allows one to experience what they saw, did and eventually accomplished.
For lunch, you will walk among the restaurants and shops on the Ilwaco Pier… don’t forget to visit the incredible art galleries located here.
At Station Camp, this was the site of a first….a Native American, Sacajawea, and a Negro, York, cast their vote along with the other members of the Corp on where they will be spending the winter months. Your visit includes a stop here.
Dismal Nitch….imagine, high tide, pounding waves, wind beyond your wildest imagination, and caught on a rocky slope with no protection….this is how the Corp was greeted when they reached the end of their perilous journey. A photo op for the modern corp members today.
Rounding out the day, you will visit the restored Fort Clatsop, the winter home of the Corp during 1805 and 1806. It is here, by candlelight that the men wrote in their journals…and hunted every day for their fresh meat. Hear the story of why the local Chinookans, the Native Americans were so trade savvy!
Dinner this evening will be at a restaurant made famous by the owner/operators that have made this area their home for years. Using the freshest and many times, locally grown ingredients, this dinner will do more than please your senses! Welcome to the 42nd Street Café and Bistro.
Overnight at Long Beach WA lodging facility
“One By Land….Two by Sea”
Check out of your Long Beach lodging facility
Begin the day’s journey with travel to South Bend and the Pacific County Historical Society. It is here that the docent will share the sagas of yesteryear and today covering topics of transportation, maritime and natural resource history. Enjoy the review of the community and cultural history located here.
Just down the road, about 10 minutes is the Northwest Carriage Museum. Does anyone not like the movie “Gone with the Wind?” View a carriage used in that movie…right here! That’s right, and there are 25 painstakingly restored horse-drawn vehicles. Try on a bonnet or buckskin vest…climb into a Democrat wagon and have a ‘pioneer moment’.
Step back in time when elegance played a significant role in the ‘upper crust society’ of the area. Lunch will be served at the Tokeland Hotel and Restaurant. While being served your delicious meal, one will be able to drink in the panoramic view of the Willapa Bay.
Shopping, the number one thing that visitors love to do! In Centralia, spend 2 hours perusing the shops for those bargains! Fashions, Housewares, Bath and Body, Shoes, and even Vitamins…all awaiting your discovery.
Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants located in the Outlet Mall.
Check into hotel in Tacoma area
“A Day to Delight our Senses!”
The first adventure of the day will begin at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Have you heard of an artist named Dale Chihuly? A docent will lead the tour of exhibits and of the building’s architecture….but that is not all…each passenger will be given the opportunity to create an art project of their own! Lunch will be offered at the Gallucci’s Glass Café.
From downtown Tacoma to Seattle’s waterfront and Pike Place Market, the sights, sounds, and aromas will tantalize your five senses! A docent will be leading you on a Market Heritage Tour, then, you will be free to explore this marvelous place!
The evening is filled with more surprises. You will depart from Pier 55 to Tillicum Village and a live narration with a 45-minute cruise in Puget Sound to Blake Island. Upon arriving, you will be greeted with a Clam appetizer followed by the traditional Alder baked NW Salmon BBQ. Enjoy the Salish tribal dances and show and a docent-led tour of the Native Artwork.
Return to Hotel
“The Needle, The Willows and The Wine!”
No visit to the Emerald City would be complete without the experience atop the Space Needle. The 360-degree view is breathtaking…no matter what angle, or what the weather. Snow-capped Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, or the majestic Olympics, there is a mountain range in sight. Float planes or cargo ships, the activities on Lake Union and Eliott Bay are never-ending. And don’t forget the busy city streets below…yes, this is a major City that doesn’t sleep!
The Barking Frog restaurant is a destination all its own. It excels in American regional cuisine with Pacific Northwest influences and their Executive Chef, Bobby creates tantalizing dishes such as the Truffled Macaroni and Cheese! The name comes from the Native American storytellers use of the Frog as a symbol of wealth or abundance. When the frogs are barking, it is a sign of peace and harmony in nature. This is where you will be enjoying your day’s lunch.
And then there is the Northwest Wine….award-winning, unparalleled, world renown, accolades galore…all describe what you will taste this afternoon at the Chateau St. Michelle winery. This winery is Washington State’s Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The adventure begins with the garden tour, then the Columbia tour and tasting, and ending with the Vintage Reserve tasting.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight at the Seattle area hotel
“Au Revoir Emerald City!”
Check out of hotel
And for a final memory of the Seattle area, a narrated tour on the Seattle Ride the Duck! This amphibious machine will take you on part land, part sea tour of the Seattle area. A perfect ending to a perfect tour of the Northwest.
Depart for airport and mid-afternoon flight home.
Regions: Portland Metro
SW Washington Peninsula