2017 Pacific Coastal Treasures Total Solar Eclipse Overview

DESCRIPTION ARRIVE DEPART
Thursday-Friday August 17 & 18 Portland Pre-Night Options
Day 1SaturdayAugust 19Arrive Portland, Oregon
Day 2SundayAugust 20Portland
Day 3MondayAugust 21Eclipse Day
Day 4TuesdayAugust 22Mount St. Helens - Seattle, Washington
Day 5WednesdayAugust 23Seattle
Day 6ThursdayAugust 24Seattle – Cruising San Juan Islands – Friday Harbor
Day 7FridayAugust 25Roche Harbor – Victoria, BC, Canada
Day 8SaturdayAugust 26Victoria
Day 9SundayAugust 27Victoria - Port Angeles, Washington
Day 10MondayAugust 28Port Angeles
Day 11TuesdayAugust 29Hurricane Ridge - Seattle
Day 12WednesdayAugust 30Seattle and Onward

Important:TravelQuest, working with our partners, makes every effort to follow the published itinerary. However, please keep in mind that it is subject to change depending on weather and other local conditions.

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Choosing your ideal trip
At TravelQuest we want to be sure you find the trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness. To help guide your decision-making, we’ve rated our Pacific Coastal Treasures trip as Level 2– Easy/Moderate, offering easy to rugged travel conditions, with short to medium-length walks over uneven, hilly terrain, some step climbing will be required.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Saturday, August 19, 2017Dinner

Arrive Portland, Oregon

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Your Pacific Northwest eclipse experience begins in Portland. On arriving at Portland International Airport (airport code: PDX), you’ll be greeted by our TravelQuest representative for the easy transfer to your hotel. After settling in, get to know your fellow travelers at our welcome dinner.

Overnight: Doubletree Lloyd Center or similar (3 nights)

Day 2 – Sunday, August 20, 2017Breakfast / Dinner

Portland

Today, enjoy a city tour of Portland with a local guide. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore this vibrant city independently. Gather this evening for a briefing on the next morning’s eclipse program.

Day 3 – Monday, August 21, 2017Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Eclipse Day

Rise early this morning to travel by private coach to TravelQuest’s specially selected eclipse-viewing location in eastern Oregon. Standing in the Moon’s shadow for a little over two minutes, you’ll be awed by a spectacle that hasn’t been visible from North America in more than 26 years.

Weather Prospects for Total Solar Eclipse Viewing in
Madras, Oregon

by Eclipse Meteorologist Jay Anderson

After crossing the Cascade Mountains, the eclipse track drops sharply into “The Basin,” a low-altitude tableland that marks the southernmost extent of the Columbia Basin. Airport observations at Redmond, at the south limit of the shadow track, show an average cloud cover of 24% at eclipse time. In a 20-year period, more than 50% of the reports at the Redmond airport show “clear” skies and 75% have scattered cloud or less. Satellite observations indicate that The Basin has the least August cloudiness anywhere along the central line of the eclipse track, and just as promising, has almost no difference between morning and afternoon cloud amounts. It is a sunny place, pretty much all day long. The percent of possible sunshine in the region reaches more than 85% in August, making the Columbia Basin in Oregon the best location, from a weather perspective, to view the eclipse.

Visualization by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio on September 9, 2015

 

Day 4 – Tuesday, August 22, 2017Breakfast / Dinner

Mount St. Helens - Seattle, Washington

This morning visit, Mount St. Helens – where our expert state park guides provide a detailed account of the volcano’s last major eruption in 1980. Later, continue northward through Olympia, Washington’s historic capital en route to Seattle.

Overnight: Paramount Hotel or similar (2 nights)

Day 5 – Wednesday, August 23, 2017Breakfast

Seattle

Your guided tour of “The Emerald City” includes the colorful restored waterfront, historic Pioneer Square and lively Pike Place Market, famed for its stalls filled with fresh seafood and local produce. This afternoon, you’re free to discover all that Seattle has to offer for every taste and interest.

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Day 6 – Thursday, August 24, 2017 Breakfast / Dinner

Cruising San Juan Islands - Friday Harbor

   

Board our chartered boat to set sail through the San Juans, a scenic archipelago comprising 172 islands that are remarkably accessible yet remain largely untouched by development. Whether you’re out on deck making the most of the endless photo opportunities or enjoying the comfortable amenities onboard, it’s the perfect way to explore the beautiful Northwest coast.

Your guided cruise stops at stunning Sucia Island, whose horseshoe shape creates a natural shelter that attracts yachting types from around the world. You can hike the island’s protected trails or just relax and take in the passing scene on the tranquil bay. Our day ends at Friday Harbor: a quaint seaside village filled with shops and restaurants, set against a backdrop of gorgeous coastal scenery.

Overnight: Earthbox Inn or similar

Day 7 – Friday, August 25, 2017 Breakfast / Lunch

Roche Harbor - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

This morning we sail north, passing the famed Roche Harbor on our way to view orca whales in one of their favorite gathering places. Along the way, keep an eye out for river otters, sea lions and the northern or common minke whales that also call this area home. And at midday, make room for a Pacific Northwest specialty: fresh Dungeness crab prepared in style by our onboard chef. Your final destination today is the charming city of Victoria – capital of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province – which sits on the southern tip of Vancouver Island against a backdrop of coastal mountains.

Overnight: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites or similar (2 nights)

  

 

Day 8 – Saturday, August 26, 2017Breakfast / Dinner

Victoria

Today you will enjoy a guided tour of Victoria, taking in the unique architecture and rich cultural heritage of this peaceful colonial city. The highlight: your visit to renowned Butchart Gardens, 55 acres of diverse, expertly tended flora hailed by National Geographic as one of the “top ten magnificent gardens” in the world.

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Day 9 – Sunday, August 27, 2017 Breakfast

Victoria - Port Angeles, Washington

d9-victoriaEnjoy a leisurely final morning in Victoria, perhaps doing a bit more exploring on your own. Then board the ferry MV Coho for our 90-minute cruise back across the U.S. border to Port Angeles, Washington. Steeped in the history of “the authentic Northwest,” this thriving arts center at the northern edge of Olympic National Park offers breathtaking shoreline panoramas in every direction.

Overnight: Red Lion or similar (2 nights)

Day 10 – Monday, August 28, 2017Breakfast / Lunch

Port Angeles

Join our local naturalist guide for a leisurely hike through Olympic National Park and discover its three distinct ecosystems: rugged glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coastline and the magnificent old-growth Hoh Rain Forest, one of the few temperate rainforests in the U.S.
Day 11 – Tuesday, August 29, 2017Breakfast / Dinner

Hurricane Ridge - Seattle

Enjoy a scenic drive up to Hurricane Ridge, which provides magnificent views of the Pacific and the coastal mountain peaks that extend north into Canada – with opportunities to spot wildlife. And there’s plenty more breathtaking scenery all along our route back to Seattle, where your day ends with dinner at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.

Overnight: Seattle Airport Marriott or similar

Day 12 – Wednesday, August 30, 2017Breakfast

Seattle and Onward

As your Pacific Northwest eclipse tour draws to a close, transfer to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA), for your flight home or on to the next adventure – carrying with you memories of a uniquely beautiful corner of the continent.

Add-on - Thursday, August 17, 2017 & Friday, August 18, 2017Breakfast daily

Portland Pre-Night Options

If you’d like to arrive in Portland a night or two ahead of our Eclipse tour, TravelQuest has reserved a limited number of standard rooms at Doubletree Lloyd Center.

Cost: $310 USD per person, per night double occupancy. $500 USD per person, single occupancy. $300 USD per person triple occupancy. Rate includes arrival (PDX) airport-hotel transfer, daily breakfast and tax.

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