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Great Volcanoes of America’s West

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Departure Dates

  • Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 28, 2017
  • Sep 10, 2017 - Sep 18, 2017

TOUR RATES FROM: $2,349

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Great Volcanoes of America’s West

See Nine Great Volcanoes of America’s West including Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood. Travel through Mt. Rainer National Park and visit the new Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center. Tour along the Columbia River Gorge and see magnificent Multnomah Falls.  Enjoy a tour and included lunch at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, the giant of the Cascades. Visit Newberry National Volcanic Monument, featuring Paulina Falls and nearby High Desert Museum. Pass volcanic Mt. Bachelor and see the stunning, brilliant blue waters of Crater Lake National Park. See the glacier-capped Mt. Shasta, considered to be one of the most impressive mountains in the country.  Visit Shasta State Historic Park, a once-bustling “Queen City” of the gold rush mining towns. Stop at Whiskeytown Lake visitor center and take the short walk to Crystal Creek Falls. Full day visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park, alive with geothermal activity such as bubbling mudpots, boiling springs and hissing steam vents. Tour and wine tasting at a Napa Valley winery. Ride the elegantly-restored cars of the Napa Valley Wine Train featuring a delicious gourmet dinner with wine.

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Itinerary

DAY ONE – Arrive in Seattle

Plan to arrive in Seattle by 2:00 p.m. for your transfer to the Crystal Mountain Resort in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Monument. The Mt. Rainier Gondola takes us to the Summit House Restaurant for a welcome dinner. It is here that our first two volcanoes come into view, snow-capped Mt. Rainier and the impressive 12,281-foot Mt. Adams. (Dinner)

DAY TWO – Mt. Rainier National Park and Mt. St Helens National Monument

Traveling along the eastern border of Mt. Rainier National Park, we make our way to our next volcano, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. We visit the new Visitor Center on the east side of the mountain for incredible views of the gaping crater and sky-blue Spirit Lake, which was devastated by the blast and is still partially filled with fallen trees. At the road’s end is Windy Ridge where we enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the views of the surrounding beauty. (Breakfast and lunch)

DAY THREE – Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood

In the glorious Columbia River Gorge we visit magnificent Multnomah Falls. Then we motor through the lush orchards of the Hood River Valley to our next volcano, impressive Mt. Hood. We take a guided tour of historic Timberline Lodge, a living museum of arts and crafts built during the 1930s and enjoy a delicious lunch in the lodge dining room. The afternoon features a sightseeing stop at the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint for thrilling views of the adjacent Crooked River Gorge, before continuing to Bend. (Breakfast and lunch)

DAY FOUR – Newberry National Volcanic Monument

For those keeping count, volcano number five, Newberry National Volcanic Monument comes into view today. Dating back half a million years the volcanic activity here includes Lava Butte, a 500-foot cinder cone, the Newberry Crater, black glass obsidian flow and lovely Paulina Falls. At the world-class High Desert Museum we see local wildlife and learn about the native culture through their art and interactive and living history displays. (Breakfast and dinner)

DAY FIVE – Mt. Bachelor and Crater Lake National Park

Traveling the scenic Cascade Lakes Highway we pass our next volcano Mt. Bachelor. The highlight today is the truly impressive volcanic crater at the heart of Crater Lake National Park. Created by volcanic activity more than 6,800 years ago, rain and snow have filled the empty caldera to a depth of 1,932 feet of brilliant blue waters to form the deepest lake in North America. We follow the western rim drive for unmatched panoramic views of the lake, surrounded by mountain peaks and forest lands. (Breakfast and dinner)

DAY SIX – Mt. Shasta, Whiskeytown Lake and Shasta State Historic Park

Our next volcano, the glacier-capped 14,162-foot Mt. Shasta, is considered one of the most impressive mountains in the nation. At Shasta State Historic Park we visit the Old Courthouse Museum and learn the history of this once-bustling “Queen City” of gold rush mining towns. At beautiful Whiskeytown Lake the visitor center and Crystal Creek Falls await. (Breakfast)

DAY SEVEN – Lassen Volcanic National Park

Our final volcano is in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Although inactive since 1915, the geothermal activity is alive here with bubbling mudpots, boiling springs and hissing steam vents. The 30-mile park road brings us to such unusual sights as the Sulphur Works, Bumpass Hell thermal areas as well as Summit and Manzanita Lakes. Tonight, dinner is at Cattlemen’s Steak House. (Breakfast and dinner)

DAY EIGHT – Napa Valley Wine Train

In California’s world-renowned Napa Valley we stop for a tour and tasting at a local winery. Then, we board the elegantly-restored cars of the renowned Napa Valley Wine Train for a three hour journey by rail through the heart of the wine country, made extra special by the delicious gourmet dinner we’ll be served along the way. (Breakfast and dinner)

DAY NINE – Travel Home from San Francisco

After breakfast we have a group transfer to San Francisco International Airport for flights home after 12:00 p.m. (Breakfast)