Solar Eclipse Tour 2017 Pacific Northwest
DAY 1 – Check-In Waterfront Marriott Hotel, Portland, Oregon (8/15/2017) First Four-Nights
Fly into the Portland International Airport, named the best airport in the United States in Travel + Leisure surveys in 2013 and 2014 and four times from 2006 to 2010 in the Condé Nast Traveler Travel Awards. Why do they love PDX? An easy light rail connection to downtown Portland, free Wi-Fi and great local food and drink, tax-free shopping with no markups and boasts direct connections to major airport hubs throughout the United States, and non-stop international flights to Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, and the Netherlands, are just a few reasons. Take Max Light Rail to downtown Portland or one of the many shuttle buses that are available at the airport to the downtown Portland Marriott Waterfront Hotel for the beginning of your 10-Day Solar Eclipse 2017 Tour! Note: Please bring no more than two pieces of luggage, one for carry-on and other for loading onto Coach vehicle luggage compartment. Eclipse glasses provided by the Deluxe Eclipse Tour.
You are now in vacation mode in Oregon’s largest city, which sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood!
This evening you will join us and your fellow eclipse chasers for a casual dress Welcome Dinner on the Waterfront of downtown Portland and meet your Hosts of this Solar Eclipse Tour. Unless otherwise stated in the Itinerary (“on your own”), meals and beverages are provided, excluding alcohol and tips. This tour provides 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners.
DAY 2 – Oregon Museum of Sciences & Industry (Wednesday 8/16/2017) – Portland, Oregon
Following breakfast we will depart to Portland’s renown Oregon Museum of Sciences & Industry, one of the nation’s leading science museums, for an Astronomy Presentation hosted by the museum’s Director, Jim Todd, of the Oregon Museum of Sciences and Industry.
After the lecture, lunch is provided at the Oregon Museum Science Cafe. Take this time to explore the many science exhibits at the Oregon Museum of Science.
Depart OMSI. Arrive back at the Marriott Hotel and prepare yourself for personal time to explore the beautiful and eclectic City of Portland. This evening dinner is on your own as you explore the City. Many restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops and theaters are accessible by foot or by nearby lightrail. Taxi cabs are also available.
Recommended Sights for Free Time:
Powell’s City of Books, which is the largest used and new bookstore in the world, occupying an entire city block and housing approximately one million books! The City of Books has over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest! A one-of-a-kind Rare Book Room draws bibliophiles from near and far to browse an impressive collection of autographed first editions and other collectible volumes.
The Pearl District where you will find a unique and upscale shopping experience, as well as espresso cafes, brew pubs, art galleries, specialty shops/items, Park Blocks, restaurants.
Portland Art Museum
The oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Art Museum was founded in late 1892. The Museum’s collection of 42,000 objects reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America; modern and contemporary art; Asian and American art; photographs, prints, and drawings; and English silver. We highly recommend that make a stop here to enjoy what it has to offer.
International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park, Portland, Oregon
Portland’s International Rose Test Garden, unofficially known as the Portland Rose Garden, is the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States and features more than 10,000 roses. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world enjoy the sights and scents of the gardens, including its spectacular views of downtown and Mount Hood.
Lan Su Chinese Garden – Downtown Portland
Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures and most interesting sites to see during the Portland segment of your eclipse tour. A result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, Portland’s sister city in China’s Jiangsu province that’s famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens, Lan Su was built by Chinese artisans from Portland’s sister city of Suzhou in China and is one the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China and is based on a 2,000 year old Chinese tradition harmoniously melding art, architecture, design and nature.
DAY 3 – Mount St. Helens Johnson Ridge Observatory (Thursday – 8/17/2017)
After breakfast, we will head out for our next adventure via deluxe tour bus to the site of the ominous 1980 volcanic explosion on Mount St. Helens, Washington, where you will visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory with a very captivating lecture provided by a local Nature Guide with a short trail hike. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes.
Box Lunch and beverage. Snacks and water provided while en route on all travel.
On our way back to Oregon, we’ll stop off for dinner at location to be determined on the beautiful Columbia River in Washington.
Arrive back at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
DAY 4 – (Friday – 8/18/2017) Mt. Hood, Hood River, Columbia River Gorge – Oregon
After breakfast, we will depart from Portland and travel East to Mt. Hood for a guided Lodge tour followed by a world class dining experience with a Buffet Lunch at the Timberline Lodge built in 1936-38!! Declared a National Historic Landsite in 1977, Timberline is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two millions visitors every year.
Buffet Lunch – Timberline’s Cascade Dining Room’s culinary program is inspired by a pioneering spirit of craftsmanship paired with a deep-rooted connection to the region. Timberline is at the center of Oregon’s bounty, surrounded by mountain streams and a plentiful ocean teeming with fish, rolling fields of fresh and organic produce and locally-raised livestock and poultry. All tended by producers with a common goal. Chef Jason Stoller Smith and Timberline’s talented culinary brigade share this vision invite you to “Taste Oregon” in the Cascade Dining Room.
Timberline boasts four stories comprising approximately 40,000 square feet! The ground-level exterior walls are heavy rubble masonry, using boulders from the immediate area, and heavy timber is used from the first floor up. Each of the six fireplace openings—three on the ground floor, three on the first floor—is five feet wide and seven feet high. Two wings, running west and southeast, flank the head house. Oregon woods used throughout the building include cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, western juniper and ponderosa pine. Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year.
Next, you will travel to the very charming and picturesque City of Hood River, east of Mt. Hood along the stunningly scenic Columbia River Gorge for a hike at Wahclella Falls in Hood River County, a 1.8 mile trail and easy to moderate, is by far, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. The falls consist of two tiers, dropping 48 and 79 feet respectively out of a very narrow gorge, plunging into a large pool at the head of a massive basalt amphitheater. A seasonal tributary drops into the gorge between the two tiers of Wahclella Falls, which has been dubbed “East Fork Falls” by some.
As we travel West leaving Hood River, you will see the stunning and majestic Multnomah Falls and dozens of other falls like Horsetail, Ponytail and Bridal Veil which line the way along the Historic Columbia River Highway and is designated the largest National Scenic Area in America! And when you see it for yourself as it unfurls before your own eyes, you’ll understand why it’s one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon!
Dinner at one of downtown Portland’s finest restaurants. Alcoholic beverages not included with any of the meals provided by Deluxe Eclipse Tours.
DAY 5 – (Saturday, 8/19/2017 through) Newport, Oregon – Three (3) Night Stay at Hallmark Resort
Breakfast and then leave Portland on the tour coach and head West towards the Oregon coastline, which is one of the most photographed regions in the nation.
Arrive in Cannon Beach at the beautiful Oregon Coast for free time to explore the stunning beaches and Haystack Rock (photo below)! Have lunch on your own and take time to explore the local upscale shops and local artisan galleries. Don’t forget to visit Bruce’s Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach, which will leave a sense of being transported back to the bygone era of candy stores in the 1950s and ‘60s. There you will find the best saltwater taffy in every imaginable flavor! There are many eateries in this very charming and popular coastal village.
Leave Cannon Beach for Newport, Oregon and arrive in Newport for guided tour and lecture at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) which engages bright and hopeful undergraduate and graduate students who are conducting research, teaching and learning in experiential courses and reaching out to the public about the relevance of their science.
Dinner at the Hotel Restaurant followed by a featured Guest Lecturer on the topic relating to climate change and/or marine science.
DAY 6 – Newport, Oregon – (Sunday 8/20/17) – Hallmark Resort
After breakfast at Newport’s Hallmark Inn Hotel, you will travel just two miles to Newport’s Historic Bayfront, which has been the playground for visitors since the late 1800’s.
Lunch is on your own, giving you ample time to roam and explore the many local retail shops along Newport’s Historic Bayfront, One of the other big attractions along the Historic Bayfront is the constant presence of big, wet barking residents! Sea lions populate many docks and landings here, and their noisy carousing never ceases. Don’t forget to visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium! No trip to the Aquarium is complete without a fishy kiss from a seal or sea lion! Meet one of the Aquarium’s furry friends and create a memory you will never forget! Their 20-30 minute program includes a short presentation, an animal training session and Q & A with one of the Aquarium’s animal keepers. Each participant will receive one whiskery kiss from either a California Sea Lion or Harbor Seal as part of the experience. Make sure you bring your camera. Or, explore the realm of the Giant Pacific Octopus and get a slimy handshake! The Octopus Encounter includes a behind-the-scenes tour and educational information about the care of this amazing invertebrate, all at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Dinner in Nye Beach, Oregon. (two miles from the Hallmark Inn Resort). Travel to nearby Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Reservation for Pre-Eclipse Astronomy Lecture by Guest Lecturer/Speaker Scott Fisher, Ph.D., Astronomy Professor from University of Oregon. Location: Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indian Reservation in Siletz near first point of contact in Lincoln City. We may be able to enjoy the Reservation’s Annual Pow Wow at this time. Stay tuned as we confirm with our staff this fantastic opportunity to coordinate a Siletz Confederated Tribe Indian Pow Wow DURING the eclipse up to the point of TSE, during which time there will be silence during the 1.55 of TSE, then continued chanting in the latter half. We are working really hard to coordinate this with the duration of the Eclipse on your Tour so stay tuned!
DAY 7 – Newport – DAY OF ECLIPSE (Monday 8/21/2017) – Hallmark Resort
Let’s Get This Party Started!
“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” Victor Hugo
With no time to lose, after a VERY early morning continental breakfast we will travel 9 miles north of Newport to our Eclipse Viewing Site at a selected site between Lincoln City and Newport near centerline on the Oregon coast where you will have a clear, unobstructed view of the entire western horizon. (Below Photo: Pow Wow at Siletz Tribe Reservation, Siletz, Oregon near first point of contact)
“When the moon covers the sun, we have a solar eclipse. What do you call it when birds do that? Kim Young-ha
For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States, and we will play host to the world’s eclipse-chasers. For those of us who already live here, but have never seen an eclipse, this is the opportunity of a lifetime – to see the most beautiful thing on the planet! (Below as seen from International Space Station)
“The Venus transit is not a spectacle the way a total solar eclipse is a spectacle.” Neil deGrass Tyson
The eclipse starts out as partial, then it becomes full, and then it ends as partial. The total event is 2 hours and 32 minutes long. The moon first touches the solar disc at 9:04:41 a.m. PDT. It totally covers the solar disc and total eclipse begins at 17:15:58 UT. Maximum solar eclipse occurs at 17:16.57 UT. Totality ends at 17:17:57 UT, and the moon leaves the solar disc at 18:36:07 UT, and this lucky piece of earth experiences 1m59s of full totality!! Coordinates: Latitude: 44° 57′ 29″ N; Longitude: 124° 01′ 04″ W; Duration of Totality: 1m 55s; Partial phase start: 9:04:41AM (PDT), at “1:00 o’clock” on the sun’s disk. PDT=Pacific Daylight Time. UT=Universal Time. Weather monitoring will proceed around the clock, with live updates issued hourly so as to best prepare eclipse-chasers who will need to move at a moment’s notice. Nothing will stand in the way of seeing the eclipse!
Beverages and snacks will be provided but feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages as well which can be purchased the day before.
Up to the day of the eclipse, as stated above, we will keep advised by our accompanying astronomy expert who will review the weather reports and forecasts for our designated site and equally exquisite alternative site.
Lunch and free time on your own in Lincoln City . Bring your sunblock, sunglasses and beachwear for a day at the beach in Lincoln City Beach, where there is ample retail shopping, bookstores galore, a cinema, art galleries, and antique shopping available. Dinner provided by Tour at Hallmark Hotel followed by Post Eclipse Astronomy Lecture with Special Guest Speaker.
DAY 8 – Shore Acres – (8/22 /2017 Tuesday) – Best Western PLUS Beachfront Hotel in Brookings, Oregon
Breakfast and checkout. Depart from Newport, Oregon and head south along Oregon Coastal Highway 101.
Lunch in Coos Bay provided by Tour. Visit to the beautiful Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay, Oregon, which is perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean. Shore Acres State Park is an exciting and unexpected combination of beautiful natural and constructed features. Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world. Something is in bloom almost every day of the year. Walk down near the shoreline and view the waves crashing against the shoreline and watch the migrating grey whales.
Arrive back at Best Western PLUS Beachfront Hotel in Brookings, Oregon followed by dinner. Ample free time to explore the area or just relax and enjoy the view from the Hotel!
DAY 9 – Crescent City, Redwood National State Park, Battery Point Beach and Lighthouse, (8/23/2017 Wednesday) Best Western PLUS Beachfront Hotel
Breakfast at Best Western PLUS Beachfront Hotel. Depart from Brookings, Oregon and head south to Crescent City, California. Today we will be visiting the Redwood National and State Park, which is recognized around the globe and boasts the world’s most scenic stand of redwood trees! The ecological diversity of Redwood National and State Parks is recognized around the world. The parks and the resources they contain, have been designated a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. A park ranger-naturalist will provide a Guided hike/tour for a down-to-earth exploration of the natural communities that contribute to one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet! Immerse yourself in the beauty of the forest, which has an openness and cathedral-like majesty combined with a lush, lawn-like ground cover. Come prepared: dress for the weather; drinking water and a snack will be provided; wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots with non-slip soles.
Lunch in Crescent City at a location to be determined. After lunch we’ll explore Battery Point Beach and Battery Point Lighthouse. At low tides the beach connects to the island where the lighthouse stands allowing visitors to walk right up to the picturesque lighthouse. Free time today to enjoy and explore the scenic area of Crescent City.
We’ll head back north to the Best Western PLUS Beachfront Hotel in Brookings, Oregon and have dinner at a location to be determined.
DAY 10 – DINNER/MUSIC EVENT PORTLAND – LAST NITE STAY AT MARRIOTT (8/24/2017, Thurs.)
After breakfast we will depart from Brookings and head North along the Oregon coastline. We’ll stop for lunch along the way. Arrive back in Portland, Oregon for your last night’s stay at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel. We have planned a spectacular and casual GALA Dinner/Musical Event in beautiful Downtown Portland to cap off a splendid week of touring scenic Oregon, California, newfound friends and experiencing the magnificence of America’s first total solar eclipse in 26 years!
DAY 11 – Leave Portland, Oregon (8/25/2017, Friday)
Your Eclipse Tour has come to an end.
*We encourage all our passengers to take steps to ensure that their trip is environmentally responsible as possible. Please bring comfortable footwear for day trips.