Thu, Sep 21: Depart Indianapolis for Portland, Oregon. Enjoy a tour of Portland, the “City of Roses,” including the downtown financial section, trendy Nob Hill area, the Willamette River waterfront, the city square, Old Town and Chinatown. Visit beautiful Washington Park with the International Rose Test Beds, one of only 27 in the world and home to 10,000 blooms. Check into the Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown for two nights.
Fri, Sep 22: Travel to Mount Hood to enjoy lunch at The Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark that sits at 5,960 feet. Tour the lodge with a National Park Ranger. Depart Mount Hood for a scenic drive to Bonneville Dam to view the ladders for the fish to bypass the dam then continue along the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area with breathtaking views. Stop at Multnomah Falls, which drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain. Feed by rainwater, an underground spring and snow melt, Multnomah Falls does not dry up in the late summer like many of the famous falls in the West. Return to Portland for an evening at leisure. (Meals: Breakfast,Lunch)
Sat, Sep 23: Check out of the hotel and proceed to Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. See the old town and the reconstruction of Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark wintered in 1805-1806 near the end of their famous expedition west. Stroll through Cannon Beach, which offers uniqueness in its shops, art galleries, courtyards and a host of fine dining restaurants. Check into the Elizabeth Street Inn in Newport for two nights. The evening is at your leisure. (B)
Sun, Sep 24: See 500 species of animals in stunning indoor and outdoor exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of America’s ten best. Some of the indoor exhibits include “Passages of the Deep,” Keiko’s former home, now an undersea adventure featuring sharks, rays and other creatures of the ocean. Take in the ocean views at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and enjoy a private bonfire at the beach (weather conditions permitting). (B)
Mon, Sep 25: Check out of the hotel and depart for Florence to take a sand dune buggy ride on an impressive natural wonder of endless shifting sand. Enjoy lunch on your own and some free time in Florence before continuing to Crater Lake National Park. Check into Crater Lake Lodge for two nights and enjoy dinner in the lodge dining room. (B,D)
Tue, Sep 26: After breakfast, join a National Park Ranger for a tour along the rim of Crater Lake with multiple stops to take photos. No place else on earth combines a deep pure lake, sheer surrounding cliffs almost 2,000 feet high, a picturesque island, and a violent volcanic past. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure enjoying the park. (B,D)
Wed, Sep 27: Check out of the lodge and travel to Sisters for lunch on your own and free time to explore the quaint town. Proceed to Portland and the Embassy Suites, Portland - Downtown for your final night in Oregon. This evening enjoy dinner onboard the Portland Spirit, featuring the scenic Willamette River. (B,D)
Thu, Sep 28: Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Embassy Suites, Portland - Downtown
The Embassy Suites is located in the heart of downtown Portland, in close proximity to the Pearl District, and within walking distance to the Waterfront, Saturday Market and Pioneer Place Shopping Center. This award-winning hotel is in the historic Multnomah Hotel building and strives to maintain some of the history that the building bears. Much of the existing architecture and accents date back 100 years. Highlights: restaurant and bar • spacious two room suites • wet bar with microwave and mini-refrigerator • fitness center • indoor swimming pool • full-service salon and spa • game room.
Elizabeth Street Inn, Newport
Located high on a bluff overlooking miles of the Oregon coast’s pristine beaches and the vast Pacific Ocean, the Elizabeth Street Inn is near distinctive dining, galleries and shopping of Nye Beach, a historic lighthouse and miles of beautiful beach and interesting tide pools. Highlights: spacious oceanfront guestrooms with cozy fireplace and private balconies with exceptional ocean views • spa bath robes • in-room coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave • complimentary high-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access • indoor pool • Jacuzzi spa • fitness center.
Crater Lake Lodge, Crater Lake National Park
Historic 71-room lodge located on the edge of the caldera overlooking Crater Lake. Immersed in authentic rustic northwest atmosphere reminiscent of the 1920’s, surrounded by history and natural beauty. Highlights: rooms with private bath • restaurant • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • gift shop.
Note: as this is a historic lodge, televisions, radios and air conditioning are not available and cell phone service is unreliable in the park. Visitors to Crater Lake National Park should be prepared for any kind of weather during any time of the year.