2018 Calendar

Welcome to OregonWest Excursions! Below is our 2018 calendar based on the questioners we received from you. We may tweak this as things come up during the year… Thank you for all your great input! If you want to be the first to get a full flyer, or more information on any of these tours, please don’t hesitate to call us… Note – the number behind the tour description is how many responses we received on that particular trip. (503) 585-3979 or (800) 333-0774

Copper Canyon – February 3th – 12th – The largest canyon complex in North America, a destination unlike any other! For those who love the unusual and seek adventure, the “Barranca del Cobre” is the answer. The mountain peaks are snow-capped in winter while the canyon bottom remains tropical. It’s the home of the Tarahumara Indians, the least acculturated Amerindians. Experience one of the most dramatic rail journeys in the western hemisphere, on a rail line that took 100 years to complete. Enjoy the majestic beauty of one of the world’s most unique destinations. 50 Click here to see more information on this trip

Death Valley & Las Vegas – March 18th – 22nd – the hottest, driest, lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, 3 million acres of wilderness. Join us for a sunny vacation in the desert! 32 Click here to see more information on this trip

Absolutely Ashland – March 29th – 31st – We invite you to experience Ashland… the colors of the seasons, the taste of the cuisine, the comfort and personal feel of the town. Nestled at the convergence of the Cascade and Siskiyou  Mountain ranges, Ashland offers year round cultural, culinary and outdoor opportunities for everyone. Make Ashland the destination for your next adventure! 33 Click here to see more information on this trip 

Music & More in Tennessee – April 9th – 14th – Grab your friends for a toe-tapping experience in Tennessee… It’s contribution to American music is essential! Nashville –  home to the Grand Ole Opry, it bears the nickname “Music City, U.S.A.” By the 1950s, the city’s record labels dominated with slick pop-country… Memphis – the “Birthplace of the Blues” and “Rock & Roll”… W.C. Handy wrote the first commercially successful blues song, “St. Louis Blues”, in a bar on Beale Street.  In 1952, Sam Phillips started Sun Records, an early rock & roll and blues label. Among the artists were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more… 36 Click here to see more information on this trip

Jolly Olde England – April 25th – May 8th – England… an aura of deep-rooted history that emanates from almost every corner of the land. There’s a sense that its towns and villages, castles and cathedrals have grown organically over many centuries, to create calming and comfortable landscapes that the mind settles into like a favorite armchair. It’s a place that encourages leisurely contemplation. It’s also the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles. The capital London, home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London. It’s also a multicultural, modern hub for the arts and business. Come join us in “Jolly Olde England!” 42 Click here to see more information on this trip

Explore with the Spirit to Astoria – May 9th – 11th – Astoria is gritty, and likes it that way. But that rustic exterior is just a cover for the many enchanting dichotomies you’ll find waiting around the corner. Here, fisherman are poets, loggers drink espresso, and Main Street welcomes both the nouveau gallery and the five n’ dime. For Astoria, it’s about character, and it’s also about characters: the people who call this place home with a passion that borders on evangelical. The skipper who challenges the same mighty river his great grandfather once fished; the artist who migrated here in search of a new palette; the hotelier who resurrected a once-bustling pier. 61 Click here to see more information on this trip

Chicago – May 25th – 30th – Welcome to Chicago – a world-class city of unsurpassed beauty, attracting visitors from around the world, with entertainment and character to charm even the most discerning urbanite. See the world’s first skyscraper, visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and workshop, explore Millennium Park in the heart of downtown, experience The Art Institute of Chicago… housing one of the world’s most notable art collections. Whatever your passion – find it in Chicago! 34 Click here to see more information on this trip

June Canyonlands – Grand, Zion & Brice – Welcome to the Canyon Lands of the South West, featuring Arizona & Utah… This journey brings you into a colorful world of stunning vistas and the unique topography of three national parks: Zion, Bryce & the Grand Canyon… this is some of the most scenic and inspiring landscapes on earth!!! 41 Click here to see more information on this trip

Newfoundland – June 12th – 24th Welcome to “the Far East of the Western World” full of history, culture, and eccentric character… Your journey through Newfoundland & Labrador will be inspiring… See incredible sea-birds, whales and immense icebergs. Learn about the history of Vikings and world heritage sites… Experience the streets of St John’s and the grand coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean it’s known for. Join us on a journey that will uplift your spirits in “the Far East of the Western World”! 46 Click here to see more information on this trip

July – Beyond the inside passage Alaska Traveling in Alaska is like traveling to no other place on Earth. There are 586,000 square miles here, and almost that many possibilities. You will be delighted when you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two in tow, or that instant when the silence of a misty fjord is shattered by a pod of giant humpback whales, breaching high into the air, then crashing back against the sea. Float by crystal glaciers, toward the midnight sun, remember: This is Alaska. This is real. This is the adventure of a lifetime. 63 Moved to 2019 

Wallace & Spokane – August 1st – 5th – Wallace has the only downtown in America listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings with pointed roofs, rounded cupolas, and red-brick all look like they were built in the late-1800’s… and many of them were! See the most famous manhole-cover in America, which proudly proclaims Wallace as “The Center of the Universe”. Spokane… it’s Riverfront park is awesome! From the world’s largest Radio Flyer wagon to the amazing views of the river. The World’s Fair Expo was held here in 1974, and a lot of the remnants from this can still be seen around town and throughout the park. 38 Click here to see more information on this trip

Hurricane Ridge & the San Juan Islands – August 5th – 10th – It’s time to breathe the fresh, mile-high air on Hurricane Ridge, just south of Port Angeles, in the Olympic National Park. You’ll feel you’re on top of the world, and you actually are! The ruggedly carved mountain range contrasts with the soft fields of wild flowers in the subalpine meadows below. Next, it’s Anchors Away! Cruise the pristine waters and narrow passageways aboard the Viking Star. View Orca whales, and other wildlife, on a 3 day cruise you’ll never forget! We’ll end this journey in the Emerald City, Seattle, where we have some fantastic things planned! 37 Click here to see more information on this trip

Nanaimo & Port Alberni – August 12th – 17th – Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime on Vancouver Island, British Columbia… an ocean-carved land of extremes ranging from mild to wild, cultured to life-affirmingly raw. Cruise through serene coastal waters.  Take in majestic wilderness parks. Marvel at orcas, black bears and the sheer abundance of furred, feathered  and finned wildlife. Gaze at distant snowcapped mountains. Stroll seawalls and loop trails. Inhale crisp ocean breezes and the mossy fragrance of ancient, old-growth rainforests. 33 Click here for more information on this trip

Yellowstone & the Tetons National Parks – September 1st – 6th – Yellowstone – the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant! Grand Teton National Park – Unlike most mountain ranges the Tetons lack foothills, which can obscure the view. As such, the Tetons rise sharply from 5,000 to nearly 7,000 feet above the surrounding terrain; the view is especially dramatic from the town of Jackson. The Park is famous throughout America for its spectacular landscape featuring majestic mountains, pristine lakes and abundant wildlife. 41 Click here to see more information on this trip

Trains in Colorado – September 15th – 22nd Traveling by rail in Colorado is the most spectacular way to take in its unique scenery. From high above the tracks, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of mountains, rivers and forests. While no one can guarantee fall color, we’ll take our best shot by exploring the state from different elevations on the hunt for the changing trees. 53 Click here to see more information on this trip

Theater Wine Ahhh… Ashland – October 7th – 9th This one is for our wine lovers… Good Friends, Good Food, & Great Wine! Southern Oregon’s latitude and prevailing oceanic winds create a 7-month Mediterranean growing season that distinguishes it from all other west coast (and American) growing regions and this uniquely defines, identifies and unifies them as an ideal place to grow wine grapes. Roam from the Rogue Valley to the Umpqua Valley, all the way down Interstate 5 to the, Applegate Valley and you’ll find about as many types of good wine as you would in your beloved bottle shop. It’s a tough decision who to feature on this tour. Oh, yea the entertainment is top notch as well! 36 Click here to see more information on this trip

A Taste of Vermont – October 14th – 20th Explore cultural heritage topped with a taste of Vermont… Scenic roadways lead to local cuisine from artisan chefs, and creative food companies and passionate farmers all thrive alongside artists who are proud to share their arts and crafts. Vermont’s landscape is dotted with farms and points of cultural interest. Discover Vermont’s heritage around every turn, from agriculture and history, to a thriving food and arts scene. 48 Click here to see more information on this trip

Cajun Christmas in Louisiana – Nov. 27th – Dec 3rd  New Orleans… imagine balconies with elaborate ironwork throughout the Quarter strung up with wreaths, garlands, and lights… the Victorian & Colonial mansions adorned in holiday décor. Lafayette, LA is the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country where you can feel the pulse of the food, music, and culture that Louisiana is famous for. This cultural oasis blends contemporary sophistication of a cosmopolitan city with a unique heritage and culture hard to find anywhere this side of Europe. 34 Click here to see more information on this trip

A Victorian Christmas Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd Are you ready to make wonderful Christmas memories with your friends? Then mark your calendar for A Victorian Christmas. This tour features two great Pacific Northwest cities. Tacoma, the city of destiny, and Victoria, B.C., twice named Best City in the Americas since 2000. We’ll explore some fun and beautiful sites on this tour including A Victorian Country Christmas at the Puyallup Fairgrounds and The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens 34 Click here to see more information on this trip

Leavenworth Winter Wonderland Dec 9th – 12th Imagine a Bavarian village twinkling with Christmas lights & snow draped mountains… Imagine sitting by a warm fire sipping hot drinks listening to Christmas carols… Imagine a horse-drawn country sleigh ride through the snow… Imagine quaint shops filled with unique gifts, bakeries, and confectioners… These are just “a few of our favorite things”… Join the fun on one of our best loved tours! 36 Click here to see more information on this trip

Shore Acres December 13th – 15th Experience the beauty of winter landscapes, exciting attractions, and something very unique. This is an ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!! It is truly an indescribable experience that will be sure to set the mood for the entire Christmas season. 24 Click here to see more information on this trip