2017 Pacific Northwest & San Francisco Total Solar Eclipse Overview
|Tuesday-Wednesday||August 15 & 16||Seattle Pre-Nights Option|
|Day 1||Thursday||August 17||Arrive Seattle, Washington|
|Day 2||Friday||August 18||Seattle - Olympia - Portland|
|Day 3||Saturday||August 19||Columbia River Gorge|
|Day 4||Sunday||August 20||Mount Hood - Bend|
|Day 5||Monday||August 21||Total Solar Eclipse|
|Day 6||Tuesday||August 22||Crater Lake - Coos Bay|
|Day 7||Wednesday||August 23||Bandon Natural Area - Redwood National Park - Eureka|
|Day 8||Thursday||August 24||Redwoods - San Francisco|
|Day 9||Friday||August 25||San Francisco|
|Day 10||Saturday||August 26||San Francisco and Onward|
|Saturday||August 26||San Francisco Post-Night Option|
Level 2 – Easy/Moderate – short to medium walks over uneven hilly terrain, with easy/rugged travel conditions.
We at TQ want to be sure you find the trip that’s right for the trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness.
Arrive Seattle, Washington
After flying into Seattle (airport code: SEA) on your own schedule, you’re welcomed by our TravelQuest representative, who coordinates the transfer to your centrally located hotel. Arrive before 16:00 hrs./4 pm and join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Overnight: The Westin Seattle or similar
Seattle - Olympia - Portland
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Seattle, “the Emerald City,” including the restored waterfront, historic Pioneer Square, and famed Pike Place Market, a fisherman’s marketplace filled with restaurants and shops. We then head south through Olympia, Washington’s state capital, to Mount St. Helens, where resident experts explain the region’s natural history as well as the volcano’s dramatic 1980 eruption. At day’s end we arrive in Portland, beginning our two-night stay in one of the country’s most vibrant business and cultural centers.
Overnight: Doubletree Lloyd Center or similar (2 nights)
Columbia River Gorge
Mount Hood dominates the horizon as we leave Portland and cross the surrounding valley to enter the foothills of the Cascade Range. The highlight of your sightseeing among the peaks is the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, which we explore by road and on foot. You also tour the Bonneville Dam, spanning the river between Oregon and Washington, which has been generating hydroelectric power since1938. In the evening, join us for a dining and sightseeing cruise from Portland, gliding along the Willamette River and across Lake Oswego as a live band sets the mood on board.
Mount Hood - Bend
Today’s leg of the journey through the Mount Hood National Forest includes a stop at remarkable Timberline Lodge. Built in the late 1930s, this National Historic Landmark offers stunning views from an elevation of nearly 6,000 ft (1,830 m). We then continue on to Bend, where you gather after dinner with your fellow travelers for a briefing to review tomorrow’s eclipse program.
Overnight: Hilton Doubletree or Hilton Garden Inn, or similar (2 nights)
Total Solar Eclipse
Rise early this morning to travel by private coach to TravelQuest’s specially selected eclipse-viewing location in central Oregon. Standing in the Moon’s shadow for slightly more than two minutes, you’ll be awed by a spectacle that hasn’t been visible from North America in nearly 40 years!
Crater Lake - Coos Bay
After breakfast we carry on through breathtaking mountain landscapes to Crater Lake National Park, one of the nation’s oldest wilderness preserves. The lake for which it was named fills the caldera of an extinct volcano and is renowned for its extraordinarily crystal-clear blue waters. After exploring a little on foot, we continue on toward the coast, arriving by sunset at the charming seaside town of Coos Bay.
Overnight: The Mill Casino Hotel or similar
Bandon Natural Area - Redwood National Park - Eureka
Your day begins with a drive to Bandon State Natural Area, whose scenic Beach Loop Road includes sights such as Bandon Rocks and Face Rock – where, according to a local American Indian tradition, you can sometimes hear the voice of a young woman carried by the ocean winds. We also visit picturesque Gold Beach, known for its bald eagles, cormorants, and blue herons, as well as its seal colonies. Then, continuing south, we enter California’s famed Redwood National Park, home to some of the world’s tallest trees. Standing among the giant trunks, gazing up at treetops nearly 300 ft (90 m) above, it’s easy to believe that you’ve been transported to a storybook forest. Our day’s journey ends in Eureka, where a delightful tour of this historic timber and fishing village, pointing out gems of Victorian architecture in the Old Town.
Overnight: Red Lion Hotel Eureka or similar
Redwoods - San Francisco
Journeying on among the majestic redwoods, we pass through “the Avenue of the Giants,” a stretch of highway overlooked by towering trees, and then continue winding our way down the coast to San Francisco, entering the legendary “City by the Bay” as all travelers should – via the Golden Gate Bridge.
Overnight: San Francisco Marriott Marquis or similar (2 nights)
San Francisco and Onward
After breakfast, transfer to San Francisco International Airport (code: SFO) for your homeward flight or travels onward.
Seattle Pre-Nights Option
If you’d like to arrive in Seattle a night or two ahead of our Eclipse tour, TravelQuest has reserved a limited number of standard rooms at The Westin Seattle.
Cost: $310 USD per person, per night double occupancy. $500 USD per person, single occupancy. $300 USD per person triple occupancy. Rate includes arrival (SEA) airport-hotel transfer, daily breakfast and tax.
San Francisco Post-Night Option
If you’d like to stay in San Francisco a night after our Eclipse tour, TravelQuest has reserved a limited number of standard rooms at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Rate includes departure hotel-airport (SFO) transfer, daily breakfast and tax.
Cost: $310 USD per person, per night double occupancy. $500 USD per person, single occupancy. $300 USD per person triple occupancy.