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.
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Fly to Seattle and meet your group at the evening welcome meeting and dinner.
Spend the day exploring the city of Seattle including a visit to the city's most famous landmark the Space Needle and a tour of Boeing facilities for a look at the future of aviation as well as seeing these Boeing bohemoths being built. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city, perhaps wander along the seafront or visit the famous Pike Place market.
En route to Portland, we’ll stop at Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument to explore the site of one of the most well known volcano eruptions of recent times. Enjoy a short guided walk to learn about the catastrophic events of 1980 and examine the effects of the eruption.
This morning we’ll make tracks to Oregon's rugged, impressive coastline. Stop for lunch at a coastal town where you can enjoy fresh local seafood before continuing to the town of Newport where you'll have free evening to explore this small town local shops and restaurants.
Leaving the coast we make our way towards the Cascade Mountain range and onto the sublime Crater Lake National Park where your leader will suggest some hikes that suit the group. Find a nice area to picnic and soak in the view of crystal blue waters of the deepest lake in North America. The six mile wide crater is the centre piece of Oregon’s only National Park. The crater was formed 7,700 years ago with the collapse of the volcano Mt Mazama.
This morning we'll have time for further scenic views of Crater Lake before continuing to the quaint town of Bend, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. In the centre of town Drake Park is a grassy retreat on the banks of the Deschutes River. In the evening you’ll be briefed about the eclipse.
Today we'll make an early start and head for our Eclipse viewing site in the Madras area. We will be on site before first contact at around 9am, experience totality for around two minutes, and stay till after fourth contact at 11:40am. Exact times depend upon location.
We return to Bend where there will be a group dinner in the evening to celebrate the eclipse.
Today we visit majestic Mt. Hood, the highest peak in the State of Oregon, standing at 3429 meters. The beautiful conical peak is covered by 11 glaciers. We'll stay in a comfortable lodge near the mountain from where walking trails lead through spectacular scenery.
En route to Seattle today we stop at the Columbia River Gorge for scenic views and to learn more about the importance of this strategic river. Further north we make a stop in Yakima. The Yakima Valley boasts rich volcanic soils and rivers to irrigate a super abundant area of fruit and vegetable production. We will learn about the important agriculture economy and sample fresh products or award winning local wines.
The tour finishes today in Seattle.
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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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