Portland-Crater Lake 4-day Scenic Tour

2017 Available dates: April 2,23;  May 7,28; June 4,25; July 2,23; August 6,27 ; September 3,24; October 1,22; November 5,26

(We can customize the dates for private groups)

Duration: 4-days & 3-nights (package require 4 minimum / 13 maximum)

Pricing: $999.00 per person (based on double occupancy)

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Includes: Transportation, Professional Tour Guide, Hotel & tax, breakfast daily
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HIGHLIGHTS:

* Woodburn Outlet Shopping:  No Tax!

* Willamette Valley Vineyards-Wine Tasting

* Oregon coastal tour

* Crater Lake National Park

Itinerary:

Day 1: Portland-Eugene, OR (lunch/dinner on own)
9:00 am- Depart Portland to Woodburn Outlet Stores
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The largest outlet mall in the Pacific Northwest with over 85 stores representing big name brands. Shoppers will enjoy the skylight-covered walkways and attractive Northwest architecture and landscaping.

12:15 pm- Depart Woodburn for Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willemette Valley Vineyard Tasting roomVineyard view

Oregon is the third largest wine producer in the United States behind California and Washington, and the Willamette Valley is the state’s largest wine region. Named after Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this winery is one of the leading producer of Pinot Noir in Oregon, and also produces Dijon clone Chardonnay and Pinot gris. Willamette Valley Vineyards has been producing high quality, sustainably grown Pinot Noir and other cool-climate varietals since 1983 — earning the distinction as “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and “2011 Winery of the Year” from Wine & Spirits Magazine.

What better way to relax after 2-hours of  shopping than at a winery! Enjoy a wine tasting and great view of vineyards while enjoying your welcome lunch .

1:45 pm- Depart winery for Eugene, OR

Eugene Cityscape at Dusk by Jeff Green

Eugene is the second largest city in the state (after Portland), and  is home to the University of Oregon. The city is noted for its natural beauty, recreational opportunities (especially bicycling, running/jogging, rafting, kayaking), and focus on the arts. Eugene is referred to as the “Emerald City”, and as “Track Town, USA”. Most notably, it is where Nike was founded by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman. In 2021, the city will host the IAAFT world championships, first time in the United States.

3:00 pm- Arrive Eugene and check-in at hotel

Hayward Fied

3:30 pm- We will take you to visit the University of Oregon campus. We will stop by Hayward field which is one of the world’s best-known  track and field stadiums. You will learn some history of this field from our guide. You also have free time to walk around on the campus and make sure that you get some gifts from Go Ducks store before you leave.

Museum of Natural and Culture History (Optional)- The Museum of Natural and Cultural History  is Oregon’s primary repository for publicly owned collections. Officially created in 1935-36 as the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology and Museum of Natural History, the museum has its roots in the late 1800s, when Thomas Condon joined the University of Oregon as one of its first three professors. Condon brought an extensive fossil collection to the UO, later known as the Condon Museum or Condon Collection. Today, as the premier natural and cultural history museum in the State of Oregon, the MNCH is home to hundreds of thousands of ethnographic and archaeological objects, fossils, and biological specimens from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and around the world.

5:00 pm- Explore downtown Eugene, where you will find numerous restaurants and boutiques to round off your day.

(Optional afternoon activity) White water rafting (Seasonal)

A.Helfrich Outfitter

Overnight Eugene,OR

Day 2: Eugene-Florence (lunch/dinner on own)

8:30 am- Depart Eugene for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

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Today you will start your adventure with a dune buggy ride on the Oregon Coast. Oregon Dunes are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. Some dunes tower up to 500 feet (150 m).

11:30 am- Enjoy Florence, OR

Located on the central Oregon coast along Highway 101, Florence is a scenic and recreational paradise. A charming old town which was originally a mill town, Florence has a population of over 6200. Old Town boasts a number of interesting shops and restaurants, and there is a marina and RV campground on the waterfront. Camping, fishing, dune buggy rides, sand boarding, shopping, crabbing, clamming, birding, hiking and golfing are but a few of the activities available in Florence.

You will have free time to walk around the Old Town Florence and browse in quaint little shops along the Siuslaw River after lunch.

Sealion cave view

1:45 pm- Explore the  Sea Lion Caves

A cavernous sea cave adopted by a colony of Steller sea lions, some years numbering as many as 400. Take an elevator ride 200 feet (61 m) down into the cave as tall as a 12-story building and as wide as a football field. During the fall and winter barking sea lions lounge around inside the cave’s natural amphitheater and during the summer months they sprawl along outside rock ledges with their young. Believed to be America’s largest sea cave and the only known mainland home of wild sea lions in the world. The outside paths and viewing platforms offer you a great view of the Pacific Ocean.

2:45 pm- Visit Heceta Head Lighthouse

The historic lighthouse has the brightest beacon on the Oregon coast. It is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. The Heceta Head Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s house are circa 1894. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Heceda light house beach

Enjoy some free time walking on Heceta beach.

3:50 pm- Depart for Eugene, OR

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Before dinner, you will have some free time in Fifth Street Public Market located in the heart of downtown Eugene. Here you’ll find a colorful collection of unique and enchanting local stores, restaurants and cafés that offer everything from local and international fashion, jewelry and décor to specialty products, beauty treatments, and delicious food and drink.

Overnight Eugene, OR

Day 3: Crater Lake National Park

7:30 am- Depart for Crater Lake National Park

Lowell Bridge by Sally McAleerWe will drive along Hwy 58 and stop by Lowell Covered Bridge Interpretive Center. This historic covered bridge, built in 1945, is open to pedestrians only and features a self-guided interpretive display on Oregon’s covered bridges. It once spanned the Middle Fork of the Willamette River at 165 feet (50 m), but now extends partially over Dexter Reservoir. Back-lit displays delve into the bridge site’s history including environment, construction, maintenance and community.  Located on Dexter Lake, it’s the perfect photo opportunity on a calm day with the reflection of the bridge on the water.

 

 

Salt Creek Falls (2)

 

Next you will see the second tallest waterfall in Oregon, plunging 286 feet down.  The Salt Creek Falls Observation Site is a short walk from the parking lot. From the observation deck a  trail drops steeply into the canyon, ending near the base of the waterfall.  In the winter this is a destination for snowshoeing and viewing the dramatic sight when the falls are encrusted by ice.

 

10:30 am- Arrive at Crater Lake National Park (lunch/dinner on own)

Crater lake

Upon arrival at Crater Lake we will spend half the day visiting all the incredible vistas, visitor centers, overlooks & Historic Lodge.
Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years with some of the 1st Native Americans who discovered it’s beauty and mystic. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; steep surrounding cliffs almost two thousand feet high; two unique picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty and the nations deepest lake which is over 1,900 feet deep. 

1:30 pm- Depart Crater Lake National Park to Bend, OR

3:00 pm- Arrive in Bend OR – Check into hotel

Before dinner, you will have free time to walk around to explore downtown Bend filled with great restaurants and boutique shops to explore. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll have the chance to just enjoy the 260+ days of high desert sun!

Farewell dinner in Bend.

*(Overnight Bend, OR/(Optional) Overnight Kah-Nee-Ta resort, for large groups)

Kah nee ta

Experience an unforgettable cultural and culinary treat!

Taste fresh-caught salmon cooked over alder wood coals in the Native custom. Delight in the music, dance, and stories of the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute tribes. Experience a proud tradition and culture first hand. Go Native, with Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa’s Salmon Bakes!

Kah-nee-ta is also a great spot for star-gazing. As night falls you can experience the night sky as our ancestors did long ago. Relax as the peace and tranquility of the night envelope you and thousands of stars appear before your eyes.

Day 4- Departure

We will leave early and head to Portland International Airport. If you have extra time, we can also stop by Mt.Hood. At 11,249 feet, the glacier-clad Mt. Hood is Oregon’s tallest peak and the 4th highest in the Cascade Range. Waterfalls, wildlife, wild flowers, trails, Timberline Lodge…the mountain is in famous for its beauty and recreational opportunities.

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