Cosmopolitan Seattle, volcanic landscapes and rugged coasts...

The glaciated peaks of the Cascade Range forms one of the most scenic parts but less visited parts of the US.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Seattle, United States
Finish
Seattle, United States
Country
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Astronomy
Code
EXUN
Physical rating
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 10, Max 0

Why we love this trip

  • Total Solar Eclipse

  • Seattle

  • Cascade Range

  • Mount St Helens

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
There are no meals included on this day.
Exploring the city of Seattle with visits to the city's most famous landmark the Space Needle and a tour of Boeing facilities for a look at the future of aviation. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city, perhaps wander along the seafront or visit the famous Pike Place market.
Accommodation
  • Quality Inn Seattle Center (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Seattle this morning for Mt. Rainier. There are several planned stops including Paradise and Longmire for light walks and scenic views of Mt. Rainier, meadows, and lakes (1.5-3km hikes).
Stop at Longmire Museum and Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center for interpretive park information. After visiting Mt. Rainier, we’ll continue to Morton, a local logging town, where we will stay for the night.
Accommodation
  • Season’s Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to Mt. St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument to explore the volcano that erupted in 1980, altering the landscape within 150 mile radius. Take guided short walks to learn about the catastrophic events, examine the effects, and consider its current status.
Arrive in to Portland in the late afternoon - known as the City of Roses and Beervana for its abundance of both.
The evening is free to enjoy at leisure.
Accommodation
  • Jupiter Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning we’ll visit downtown Portland for an introductory tour followed by some to to explore Portland's unique character on your own. There is no shortage of outstanding dining options that emphasize locally sourced, fresh foods, shopping, world renowned parks, and Powell’s, the world's largest independent bookstore. Ample opportunity to sample some local award winning brewpubs, as well.
Accommodation
  • Jupiter Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Eclipse day! There is an early departure (approximately 6:30am) for travel to our unique viewing site, Airlie Farms, for today’s eclipse. Airlie is an active Quarter Horse farm in the rolling hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. There is ample space in the pastures to find our best site lines for viewing; Please note that all guests will be provided with eclipse viewing glasses and there are horses that will be roaming pastures freely.
After the eclipse viewing, we continue to the town of Eugene for overnight.
Accommodation
  • Phoenix Inn and Suites (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to Oregon's rugged, impressive coast. Use the afternoon to explore beaches and dunes that make up the coastal eco-system and historic Hectea Head lighthouse, a working lighthouse established circa 1894 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Accommodation
  • Driftwood Shores Resort (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive along Oregon's scenic coast to Astoria, a historic western settlement, important fishing village, and the area that is western end of Lewis and Clark Trail. Afternoon to explore the town's maritime history, quaint cafes and stunning scenery.
Accommodation
  • Comfort Suites Columbia River (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to Seattle where our tour ends.
For those on the group flight you are dropped off at the airport for your flight home.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts

Transport

Private Coach

Accommodation

Hotels

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Important notes

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. Groups are larger than Intrepid's regular small group tours.

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