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Crater Lake, Mt. Hood, & Willamette Valley!
This adventure, taking in both sides of the Cascade Mountain Range, offers up a beautiful diversity of landscapes. Experience Pacific Northwest rainforest, rocky subalpine terrain, and expansive views from a high point of nearly 8,000’ in Crater Lake National Park. The Lake is the primary destination of your tour, but two of Oregon’s state parks – the austere cliffs of Smith Rock, and the rushing waters of Silver Falls – will also leave a lasting impression. Along the way, enjoy local cuisine, not to mention Oregon’s abundant fine wines and craft brews.
Day One: Mt. Hood to Central Oregon
Depart Portland this morning, climbing to 6,000’ of elevation to the Depression-era Timberline Lodge. Enjoy lunch in the historic lodge before continuing to Central Oregon before watching the dramatic change in landscape as you descend to Central Oregon’s High Desert. We’ll stop at the Museum at Warm Springs, and the beautiful rock-climbers’ mecca of Smith Rock State Park en route.
Day Two: Crater Lake National Park
Travel further south today to Oregon’s sole National Park and the deepest lake in North American: Crater Lake. Savor the views of the lake from multiple vantage points as you circumnavigate the Rim Drive. Take some extra time for a hike if desired, Choose between exploring the Visitor Center and walking the nearby Castle Crest Wildflower Trail before a stop at Crater Lake Lodge.
Day Three: The Willamette Valley
Cross back to the west side of the Cascade Mountains today with a stop at the scenic waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park. Then enter the fertile Willamette Valley, blueberries, hops, and Christmas tree farms rub elbows with top-notch vineyards. Enjoy lunch at the first of two winery visits, and get your fill of pinot noir, the wine that made this wine region famous.
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Traverse the Mt. Hood National Forest, including a visit to historic Timberline Lodge.
Experience the extreme dichotomy of landscapes in Oregon: the verdant forests of Western Oregon, and the high desert of Central Oregon.
Relax near the jewel blue waters of Crater Lake and learn the volcanic history of Mount Mazama.
Feel the mist of waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park in the Cascade foothills.
Savor pinot noir in the world-renown Willamette Valley wine country.