Combine a total eclipse with a tour of the volcanoes and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

Enjoy the best of Seattle’s scene and the rugged Oregon Coast on this trip, which features a stunning solar eclipse. Hike through incredible scenery in the Cascade Mountain Range and the Crater Lake National Park, discover the friendly and eclectic vibe in Portland and see the solar eclipse in all its glory in the Madras area. You’ll love exploring this beautiful corner of the US on this exciting adventure.


Start
Seattle, United States
Finish
Seattle, United States
Country
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Astronomy
Code
EXUOR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 10, Max 46

Is this trip right for you?

  • Road tripping is the ultimate way to see the USA and on this trip there will be some long drive days. So on this trip you'll be spending a fair amount of time in a van with other travellers, so conditions may feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure, however, and you might even make some lifetime friends.

  • Traffic in and out of the larger cities can be hectic, especially during holiday periods. There may be delays, so be prepared to take part in car games to keep you entertained. Many of the cities on this trip are best explored on foot. To get the most out of these, plus also the hikes within the national parks, it is best if you have a reasonable level of physical fitness and are able to walk moderate-to-long distances.

  • This trip only allows for limited time at some destinations, so you may have to move quickly, and may not be able to see everything on your to-do list

Itinerary

Welcome to Seattle! For those of you on the group flight, you will be met by our local representative at arrivals. They will be holding a sign with Intrepid on it. If for any reason you have any difficulty locating the driver/group please contact our local office on the number in the notes section below.

Your tour leader will hold a welcome meeting at 6pm, to brief you on the next few days ahead. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We’ll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you’re going to be late, please inform hotel reception.
Accommodation
  • Quality Inn Seattle Center (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Today we'll take a tour of the Boeing facility, where we can learn about the future of flight and see the Boeing behemoths being built. Afterwards pass by the Space needle for a photo opportunity (entrance not included).
The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city - perhaps wander along the seafront or visit the famous Pike Place market.

Later this evening we will meet up for a group meal in Seattle.
Accommodation
  • Quality Inn Seattle Center (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast we set off for Portland, visiting Mount St Helens National Monument en route. It’s the site of the powerful volcanic eruption of 1980 - which was categorized as a VEI 5 event.
You arrive into Portland early evening and check into your hotel.
Accommodation
  • Jupiter Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today we travel to Newport, we stop for lunch in a coastal town which offers fresh and local seafood.
Finish the day in Newport, where you check in and have some free time to explore this small town’s local shops and restaurants.
Time permitting, your tour leader can organise an optional visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Accommodation
  • Shilo Inn Ocean Front Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Follow Oregon’s scenic coast before heading inland to the town of Medford.
Accommodation
  • Inn at the Commons Crater Lake (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning we'll have time for scenic views of Crater Lake before continuing to quaint town of Bend, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
You have a free evening to explore Bend
Accommodation
  • Double Tree Bend (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
TODAY IS ECLIPSE DAY! You have an early morning departure (estimated 7:00am) for the Terrebonne area. Total Eclipse occurs at 9:21am.

The eclipse viewing site is the Crescent Moon Ranch, 7566 N. Hwy97, Terrebonne. There is an optional early lunch at the ranch which will include homemade fried chicken, potato salad, and fresh fruit.

Please note that we will be providing you with eclipse viewing glasses today.

Return to Bend for a group meal and to discuss the day’s events!
Accommodation
  • Double Tree Bend (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today we visit majestic Mt. Hood, which stands at 3426 meters and covered by 11 glaciers. Stop for photos and short walks.
Continue on to Columbia Gorge area for an overnight stop with scenic views of this scenic river area along the way.
Accommodation
  • Comfort Inn Columbia Gorge Gateway (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today we return to Seattle, we stop in Yakima, to learn about the important agriculture economy and sample the fresh products or award winning local wines (produce is at own expense).
Arrive into Seattle for late afternoon. Free evening to explore the city.
Accommodation
  • Radisson Hotel Seattle (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Departure day today, so no activities are planned. There is free time for sightseeing (unguided) before transferred to the airport for 1600.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Private Coach

Accommodation

Hotels

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
Total eclipses are rare events that occur along a narrow track at a precisely calculated time. People who follow eclipses want to be at the location with the best chance of clear skies so we operate a range of tours that converge of the selected eclipse site for the days around the eclipse.

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