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2017 Pacific Northwest & San Francisco Total Solar Eclipse Trip Itinerary

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Tuesday–Wednesday August 15 & 16 Seattle Pre-Nights Option
Day 1
August 17
Arrive Seattle, Washington
Day 2
August 18
Seattle — Olympia — Portland
Day 3
August 19
Columbia River Gorge
Day 4
August 20
Mount Hood — Bend
Day 5
August 21
Total Solar Eclipse
Day 6
August 22
Crater Lake — Coos Bay
Day 7
August 23
Bandon Natural Area — Redwood National Park — Eureka
Day 8
August 24
Redwoods — San Francisco
Day 9
August 25
San Francisco
Day 10
August 26
Depart San Francisco
Add On Sunday
August 27
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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Arrive in 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 4 p.m. local time, and join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Overnight: The Westin Seattle or similar

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Friday, August 18, 2017 (Breakfast)
Seattle, Olympia, and 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, Oregon, 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)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Saturday, August 19, 2017
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 since 1938. 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.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 4: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Mount Hood and 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 feet (1,830 meters). We then continue on to Bend, Oregon, 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)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 5: Monday, August 21, 2017
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 more than 26 years!

Meals: Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner

Ben Cooper
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 percent at eclipse time. In a 20-year period, more than 50 percent of the reports at the Redmond airport show “clear” skies, and 75 percent 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 percent in August, making the Columbia Basin in Oregon the best location, from a weather perspective, to view the eclipse.


Day 6: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Crater Lake and 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

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 7: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Bandon Natural Area, Redwood National Park, and 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 feet (90 meters) above, it’s easy to believe that you’ve been transported to a storybook forest. Our day’s journey ends in Eureka, California, 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

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 8: Thursday, August 24, 2017 (Breakfast)
Redwoods and 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)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Friday, August 25, 2017
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.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 10: Saturday, August 26, 2017
San Francisco and onward
After breakfast, transfer to San Francisco International Airport (code: SFO) for your homeward flight or travels onward.

Meals: Breakfast
Make a Reservation!
Optional: Pre-Nights in Seattle
Tuesday–Wednesday, August 15–16, 2017

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, breakfast included both days.

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.
Optional: Post-Night in San Francisco
Saturday, August 26, 2017

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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