Breathtaking beauty and diversity… An area steeped in history stretching from the foot of the Blue Mountains.
Day 1 – Portland OR to Walla Walla WA
Depart the Rose City this morning. First stop: Multnomah Falls, cascading more than 600-feet. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe! Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we make our way through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Lunch is served at Hamley’s Steakhouse, located in the heart of downtown Pendleton – home to the historic Pendleton Round-Up! Every square foot has been meticulously designed to embody the American Old West. You’ll be taken back in time to experience the late eighteenth-century design and top-of-the-line craftsmanship. Hamley’s Steakhouse is truly an experience you’ll never forget! Next, the Pendleton Underground tour… tour properties in what was once the red light district of Pendleton. The buildings on the tour have been maintained, true to the original state, allowing us to see the sidewalks and basalt-rock tunnels the way they were constructed pre-1890’s. Later, we’ll check into our hotel in Walla Walla, where you’ll have some time to freshen up. The Marcus Whitman Hotel is a Walla Walla landmark and storied gathering place for the local community and visitors alike. 30 years after the Corps of Discovery passed through the area, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman built a mission among the Cayuse Indians near Walla Walla. After 11 years of service, the Whitmans and several of those staying at the mission with them met an untimely death in November 1847. The name Whitman became widely used in the local area with everything from Whitman Street to Whitman College. It came as no surprise in 1927, when the people of Walla Walla decided to honor Marcus Whitman by naming their new hotel after him! A fabulous dinner awaits tonight, at The Marc Restaurant. Recently awarded “Restaurant of the Year” by the Washington Wine Commission, The Marc’s fresh explosions of flavor will take you on a culinary adventure, with Pacific Northwest influenced Modern American dining. Courtyard by Marriott (L, D)
Day 2 – Walla Walla to Clarkston WA
After breakfast, we’ll journey to Clarkston, where our Beamers Hells Canyon Tour awaits. Experience an 86 mile trip on the Snake River, to the official entrance of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. See Cache Creek Ranch and Interpretive Center, maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Observe ancient Indian petroglyphs, watch for birds and wildlife while your United States Coast Guard certified captain uniquely narrates your tour. We will travel to Dug Bar. Dug Bar is the historic location where Chief Joseph led his people from Oregon, across the Snake River, to Idaho. The Chief was leading his people to the Lapwai Indian Reservation, per orders from the U.S. Army. The events before and after this crossing led to numerous battles and one of the greatest retreats in military history. Quality Inn & Suites, Clarkston WA (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Clarkston WA to Joseph OR
Enjoy the beautiful scenery today, as we make our way to Joseph. First stop is lunch at the Outlaw Restaurant and Saloon. The Outlaw is a family-friendly restaurant located on Main Street in Joseph. Named for the outlaw that robbed the local bank on October 1st, 1886, the restaurant and saloon were established 100 years later in 1986, by the Rushton family. Next, we take the tramway to Mt. Howard… With the opening of the gondola in 1970, Wallowa County added one of its most popular attractions. The 3700′ vertical ascent to the summit of Mt. Howard is a memorable experience. The exciting trip to the top of the mountain allows one to enjoy the 4000′ view as the gondola rises above Wallowa Lake Village, and the blue waters of Wallowa Lake. Your evening is free for dinner; there are many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Eagle Cap Chalets, Joseph OR (B, L)
Day 4 – Joseph OR, local touring
We’ll start today with a tour of the nationally acclaimed Foundry of Valley Bronze! They are the premier fine art foundry in the Pacific Northwest. Working in all metals, including stainless and silver, they are able to undertake a full range of casting projects, from small editions, to monuments. The town of Joseph has seven permanent bronze art pieces on display on Main Street. We’ll have some free time for lunch here… explore, walk about town, and enjoy the mountain air. Next, we’ll have a guided tour with our great step on guide, Janet! We’ll learn about Chief Joseph, local agriculture, and the history of the City. Enjoy some free time to walk to the lake or just soak up the fresh air before our catered picnic dinner at the Chalets… the perfect ending to our stay here. Eagle Cap Chalets, Joseph OR (B, D)
Day 5 – Joseph to Baker City OR
Today we’re off to Baker City… Once considered to be the premier social center along the Oregon Trail… After lunch we’ll take a Historic Tour of the town by horse drawn wagon… In 1861, a man named Henry Griffin found gold near the Powder River, suddenly the area was the epicenter of a gold rush. Within 20 years, Baker City developed into the center of it all with hotels, an opera house and a Carnegie Library… it grew into the largest city between Salt Lake City and Portland and was dawned “Queen City of the Mines”. We’ll also take in the Leo Adler House Museum… This completely restored and renovated Victorian home was the residence of Philanthropist, Leo Adler for 94 years. Listen to his story and feel the presence of his family as you wander through the various rooms on a guided tour. Then we’ll head back to the famous Geiser Grand Hotel, to tour this charming historic landmark that features ornate mahogany, crystal chandeliers in every room, and a beautiful stained glass ceiling. You’ll see why the Geiser’s spectacular restoration received The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s coveted Honor Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation! (We’ll also hear about the resident Ghost that haunts the hotel.) Your evening is free for dinner; the hotel is within walking distance of many fine restaurants. Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City OR (B, L)
Day 6 – Baker City to Bend OR
First stop today is the Sumpter Dredge. Nestled at the base of the majestic granite peaks of the Elkhorn Mountain Range, it is one of the largest and most accessible gold dredges in the United States. This waterway was the vein of life during the boom days of the gold rush. The landscape still bears the scars. Next, it’s the John Day Fossil Beds Museum… colorful rock formations at the Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years. We’ll enjoy a guided tour and lunch at the Museum. We’ll stop for a leg-stretch and photo opportunity at the Painted Hills view point, before making our way to Sunriver Resort, where your evening is free to explore the village and its many fine restaurants. Located at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Sunriver’s 3,300 acres wind along the eastern side of the Deschutes River. The area was formerly the site of Camp Abbot, a World War II training facility. Fairfield Inn Bend (B, L)
Day 7 – Bend to Portland OR
We’re off for the High Desert Museum this morning, where we’ll encounter wild eagles, owls, otters, bobcats, lynx, porcupines, and other High Desert animals in natural habitats, and meet stagecoach drivers, pioneers, and others from the American Frontier. We’ll experience Native American and Western art and culture, through fun and interactive exhibits. Lunch is on your own in the quaint little town of Sisters, you will find unique shops and art galleries that make shopping here more than just retail therapy – it’s a cultural experience! But your journey is not complete until you’ve walked the streets of Sisters, enjoying a scrumptious ice cream cone, or a cup-o-Joe! Sisters may be a small town, but its big time when it comes to coffee.
Pre and post nights are available upon request.
These tours were designed for groups of 24 or more… If you have a group that wants to book one of these trips… or wants us to design a tour for your groups specific needs… please don’t hesitate to call us. Our tours are designed with a “love of discovery”. Our creative itineraries can be custom-designed to your request including some “must see” attractions as well as “off-the-beaten-path” experiences.