Portland-Yellowstone-Salt Lake City Tour (12-day/11-night)

Portland-Yellowstone-Salt Lake City Tour

Tour season: March-early October

Departure: Customized dates for private groups

Duration: 12 days/11 nights (Require minimum 6 pp to run the tour)
Pricing: Contact us for pricing

Includes: Double occupancy rooms, transportation, guide/driver, National Park entrance fees, activities as listed,  meals as listed.

Contact us to find out tour prices that include an interpreter and/or optional activities listed.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Portland Airport (group dinner)

Upon your arrival in Portland, you can check in the host hotel (included in the package) and spend the rest of the day on your own.

Note: For group (20 or more) needing special arrangement with airport transfers contact us directly for assistance.

Overnight in Portland, Oregon

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Day 2: Portland (group lunch/dinner on your own)

7:30 am- After breakfast, your Portland city tour will begin including the famous International Rose Test Garden, Pittock Mansion, downtown Cultural District & Neighborhoods.

After lunch we will visit 3 Willamette Valley Wineries!  Portland is the perfect hub for Oregon Wine Country and the Willamette Valley. With more than 580 Oregon’s wineries calling the Willamette Valley home, it’s easy to find one to suit your taste. Whether you’re in the mood for Pinot Noir or other varietals, experiencing the ambiance of a hip, metropolitan winery or admiring the legacy of a small town vineyard pioneer, you’ll find it in the Willamette Valley.

Overnight in Portland, Oregon

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Day 3: Portland-Pendleton (group lunch/dinner)

9 am: After breakfast, we head east to visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and stand in awe of the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, Multnomah Falls. You will enjoy spectacular views of many waterfalls throughout the gorge. We will also be touring many of the other wonderful sites along the Columbia River Gorge including Vista House, a unique visitor facility that was built in 1916.

12:30 pm: Depart Columbia river gorge for SAGE center which is the only interactive visitor center focused on agriculture in the Northwest. They offer o guests the opportunity to interact with current technology and learn about the process of getting food from the farm to the table.

The SAGE center is a world class, hands-on, attraction that provides historic, cultural, and economic backgrounds which are appropriate for all age groups.

Optional activity: Echo West vineyard to do a wine tasting. Estate Echo West Ranch & Vineyard sits in Oregon’s Columbia Valley American Viticulture Area,  in Echo, Oregon. Its wind swept and sunny Southeast slopes perch on the bluff overlooking the Umatilla River. The steep terrain at 850-foot elevation with deep volcanic ash make a unique terroir for growing hardy, full-flavored grapes.

Our last stop today is Pendleton which is located in Eastern Oregon, where miles of scenic byways, alpine wilderness, working cattle ranches and basalt canyons are still the place for explorers to make their mark. The West is still wild in Pendleton. This is a city that prides itself on heritage. Discover its colorful past at a cultural museum, underground tour, bronze art trail or the world-famous Pendleton Round-Up. It might feel like stepping back in time without losing sight of modern day comforts. After all, where else can you learn about native tribes, attend a rodeo, go golfing, drink craft beer and play slots in the same day?

Optional evening activity: Wildhorse Resort & Casino

Overnight Pendleton, OR

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Day 4: Experience Native American culture in Pendleton (group lunch/dinner)

Optional Morning Activity: Target shooting at Cunningham Sheep Ranch

  • Target shooting is a recreational activity enjoyed by many Oregonians. You don’t have to be a world-class competitor to enjoy the shooting sports. Today it is a great opportunity for you to learn and sharpen shooting skills and experience this fun sport.

Optional Morning Activity: The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame

  • Ranging from a full-sized teepee to delicate beadwork, the exhibits in the Hall of Fame cover a wide range of subjects and span over 100 years of Round-Up and Happy Canyon history. Saddles, clothing, Indian regalia, photographs, firearms, trophies, wagons, … hundreds of items are displayed for your enjoyment.

1:00 pm- We will visit Tamastslikt Native American Interpretive Center. It’s where some of Oregon’s richest stories are found – just east of Pendleton in the foothills of the Blue Mountains – and where cultural history reaches back ten thousand years.

2:30 pm- Pendleton Woolen Mills tour and shopping

  • Stop by to say ‘hello’ and take the tour at one of the mills. “We live where we work, and we love what we do. Many Pendleton employees have been with the company for generations. A third of our Washougal mill employees have been with us more than 25 years! It‘s this level of commitment, talent and experience plus first-rate technology that make it possible for us to weave wool fabrics of such amazing quality. Come see for yourself how we do it”. -Charlie Bishop, Mill Manager

Free time to shop in the store.

4:00 pm- Roping lessons (not on horses)

5:30 pm- Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon Catering. Traditional cowboy cuisine.

Overnight in Pendleton, Oregon

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Day 5: Pendleton–Baker City (lunch/dinner on your own)

Baker City is more than a charming downtown. Sure, you’ll want to visit  the award-winning Barley Brown’s Brew Pub and more than 100 historic buildings. But Baker City is also the centerpiece of Baker County — known as “the base camp for Eastern Oregon” — which includes parts of the Snake River, the Oregon Trail and Hells Canyon, plus the Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.

Today we will explore all that downtown Baker City has to offer! Get a behind the scenes tour at a local brewery that was recently named the top brewery in Oregon, visit a handcrafted vodka distillery, stop at the tasting room for Eastern Oregon’s only winery, and visit an artisan chocolatier.

Overnight in Baker City, Oregon

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Day 6: Baker City (lunch/dinner group)

 Today you will spend the day on a ranch!

You will end the day with a craft cocktail class and dinner at the Geyser Grand Hotel in downtown Baker City.

Overnight Baker City, Oregon

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Day 7: Baker City-Yellowstone (group lunch/dinner)

7:30 am- We depart for Yellowstone National Park.

After your arrival at Yellowstone National  Park (North Entrance), enjoy some free time in the park…

Mammoth Hot Springs: It is Yellowstone’s only major thermal area located well outside the Yellowstone caldera. The terraces change constantly—sometimes noticeable within a day. Walk on boardwalks above the steaming thermal features or take a drive around the vibrant travertine terraces.

Overnight in Yellowstone National Park

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Day 8: Explore Yellowstone National Park (lunch on own/group dinner)

8:30 am- Tower Roosevelt area: On your way around “The Grand Loop” in Yellowstone National Park, the Tower – Roosevelt Area is definitely a place to explore. Roosevelt was one of Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite places in Yellowstone Park not only because of it’s amazing beauty, but also because of the amount of wildlife found here.  There is a large number of black bear that love to hang around this area, so you have a good chance of seeing a bear on the road!

10:35 am- Canyon area:

Artist Point: It is one of the must-see views at Yellowstone. It’s a short 1/10th mile walk on a paved trail from the South Rim Drive. Climb the short stone stairs to the upper level with a view of the bleached wall of the North Rim between Inspiration Point and Grand View Point.

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Upper Falls

Have lunch in Canyon area (on your own)

1:45 pm- Visit the shore of Yellowstone Lake and fishing bridge

3:15 pm- The West Thumb Geyser Basin, including Potts Basin to the north, is unique in that it is the largest geyser basin on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. The West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake was formed by a large volcanic explosion that occurred approximately 150,000 years ago (125,000-200,000). The West Thumb is about the same size as another famous volcanic caldera, Crater Lake in Oregon, but much smaller than the great Yellowstone caldera which formed 600,000 years ago. It is interesting to note that West Thumb is a caldera within a caldera.

5:30 pm- Norris Geyser Basin: Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest, oldest, and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas. Norris shows evidence of having had thermal features for at least 115,000 years. The features in the basin change daily, with frequent disturbances from seismic activity and water fluctuations. Norris, the second superintendent of Yellowstone, who provided the first detailed information about the thermal features.

Overnight in Yellowstone National Park

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Day 9: West Yellowstone (group lunch/dinner)

8:00 am- We will leave the hotel and go explore:

Fountain Paint Pot: The Fountain Paint Pot is named for the reds, yellows and browns of the mud in this area.

Midway Geyser Basin: If you subscribe to the mantra go big or go home, do not leave Yellowstone without visiting Midway Geyser Basin. The main attraction on this 0.8-mile boardwalk is Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. The easy loop also passes Excelsior Geyser, a steaming pool of vibrant blue water that isn’t far behind in the contest over surface area.

Old Faithful: Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition, Old Faithful geyser was named for its frequent eruptions — which number more than a million since Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872. Lunch break at Morning Glory Pool.

Overnight in Yellowstone National Park

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Day 10: Yellowstone-Jackson

Leave Yellowstone for Grand Teton National Park…

These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

From Moran to Moose Junction we will stop by OxBow Bend Turnout, Snake River Overlook, Teton Point Turnout, Schwabacher landing, and Mormon Row.

We will also stop at The National Elk Refuge, which was established in 1912 to provide winter habitat and preserve the Jackson elk herd. The Refuge is an integral component of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; it is bounded by Grand Teton National Park and a wilderness area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. While elk are the primary reason for the refuge, other animals including bison, bighorn sheep, moose and deer are common. Small mammals such as coyotes, badgers, beaver and voles can also be seen. Birds are easily spotted year-round, including hawks, eagles, ducks, trumpeter swans, and sandhill cranes.

Overnight in Jackson, WY

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Day 11: Jackson- Salt Lake City (lunch on own/group dinner)

Drive south to Salt Lake City which is the religious center of the Mormons (Latter Day Saints) and State Capitol of Utah.

State Capitol: At the north end of State Street, on Capitol Hill, which rises to a height of almost 300 ft above the city, is the Utah State Capitol. This Neo-Classical domed building houses the House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court of Utah. It has a particularly fine interior, with its marble rotunda, the Golden Room (the Governor’s reception room) and a small gallery with changing exhibits. Capitol Hill is located northeast of Temple Square at the end of State Street. Many of the city’s attractions are located here, including the Marmalade Historic District.

Mormon Temple in the so-called “Mormon style”, was built between 1853 and 1893. At each end of this huge granite structure are three towers, the highest of which, at the east end, bears a 13 ft high gilded figure of the angel Moroni. The temple may be entered only by Mormons.

We will visit Temple Square where you’ll be immersed in 35 acres of enchantment in the heart of Salt Lake City. Whether it’s the rich history, the gorgeous gardens and architecture, or the vivid art and culture that pulls you in, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Overnight in Salt Lake City, Nevada

Day 12: Salt Lake City (Flight) (lunch/dinner on your own)

Head to Salt Lake City International Airport and fly home

 

National Park Photographs provided from: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm & https://www.nps.gov/grte/learn/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm

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