2017 Pacific Northwest & San Francisco Total Solar Eclipse Overview

DESCRIPTION ARRIVE DEPART
Tuesday-Wednesday August 15 & 16 Seattle Pre-Nights Option
Day 1ThursdayAugust 17Arrive Seattle, Washington
Day 2FridayAugust 18Seattle - Olympia - Portland
Day 3SaturdayAugust 19Columbia River Gorge
Day 4SundayAugust 20Mount Hood - Bend
Day 5MondayAugust 21Total Solar Eclipse
Day 6TuesdayAugust 22Crater Lake - Coos Bay
Day 7WednesdayAugust 23Bandon Natural Area - Redwood National Park - Eureka
Day 8ThursdayAugust 24Redwoods - San Francisco
Day 9FridayAugust 25San Francisco
Day 10SaturdayAugust 26San Francisco and Onward
Saturday August 26 San Francisco Post-Night Option

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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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.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday, August 17, 2017Dinner

Arrive Seattle, Washington

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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 similarD1 - Seattle

 

Day 2 – Friday, August 18, 2017Breakfast

Seattle - Olympia - Portland

D2 - Pike Street D2 - Mount St Helens

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)

Day 3 – Saturday, August 19, 2017Breakfast / Dinner

Columbia River Gorge

D3 - Multnomah Falls

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.

Day 4 – Sunday, August 20, 2017Breakfast / Dinner

Mount Hood - Bend

D4 - Collette - MountHood_CVO_11503

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)

Day 5 – Monday, August 21, 2017 Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner

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!

Weather Prospects for Total Solar Eclipse Viewing in Bend, 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 6 – Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Breakfast / Dinner

Crater Lake - Coos Bay

D6 - Crater Lake

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

Day 7 – Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Breakfast / Dinner

Bandon Natural Area - Redwood National Park - Eureka

D7 - Redwoods

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

Day 8 – Thursday, August 24, 2017 Breakfast

Redwoods - San Francisco

D8 - Golden Gate     D8 - Sunset street

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)

Day 9 – Friday, August 25, 2017Breakfast / Dinner

San Francisco

After breakfast, discover San Francisco on a fascinating sightseeing tour that showcases some of its most famous landmarks, including Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Coit Tower, and Chinatown. The rest of the day, you’re free to explore this incredible city at your leisure – perhaps taking a break from walking with a ride on one of its legendary cable cars. Then in the evening, gather for a farewell dinner to celebrate the end of your Pacific Northwest eclipse journey.

D9 - Collette - CableCars_CVO_11652   D9 - Fishermans Wharf

Day 10 – Saturday, August 26, 2017Breakfast

San Francisco and Onward

After breakfast, transfer to San Francisco International Airport (code: SFO) for your homeward flight or travels onward.

Add-on - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 & Wednesday, August 16, 2017Breakfast daily

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.

Add-on - Saturday, August 26, 2017Breakfast daily

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.

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