7 Day 6 Night Itinerary
Pacific Northwest Marathon –
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Lake cruises, jet boat rides, vineyards and majestic forests will be complemented with the sense of community and passion of other runners that surround you. You will be able to walk in Lewis and Clark’s footsteps and experience the high desert, majestic volcanoes, the tranquility of the Willamette Valley wine country and the unique culture of Portland Oregon. This entire itinerary is crafted around the Pacific Northwest Marathon in Eugene, Oregon. Our Chef will prepare meals each day that meet the needs of individual runners getting ready for breaking their personal best times. There will be time daily for training runs if needed as well as pre-and post-race detail management by Experience Park Tours.
Premier Lodging: Hood River Inn: Hood River, OR
We will drive up the historic Columbia River Highway with a stop at the 542 foot-tall, two-tiered Multnomah Falls. A leisurely moderate stroll to the top of Oregon’s most popular trail is 2.2 miles one way with 700 feet of elevation gain. For those just wanting to see the falls, it’s only a 5 minute walk to the foot bridge at the lower cascade. Witness the thunderous Cascades and enjoy the refreshing mist either way you go. Our journey will then continue East to Hood River Oregon for lunch. You’ll have time to explore the Hood River shopping district before we relish in the famed fruit loop where cherries, pears and grapes are in abundance.
Premium Lodging: Tetherow Lodge: Bend, OR
Our scenic drive starts at the top of Mt. Hood and descends into the high desert of Oregon- the home of the Pacific Northwest Marathon. The landscape slowly transitions from the lush Evergreen trees of the Mt. Hood National Forest to the arid landscape of Central Oregon. The unique smell of the sage, ponderosa pine, and fresh water from the rivers and lakes makes this a truly unique visit. We will visit Smith Rock State Park, the Deschutes Brewery, and take a sunset evening chair lift ride on Mt. Bachelor. The evening will be equally as relaxing while we stay at the Tetherow Lodge which is beautifully situated for a perfect night of rest.
Premier Lodging: Ashland Hills: Ashland, OR
Excitement builds as we drive into the Crater Lake National Park for a visit to deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet-which is also the ninth deepest lake in the world! You know exercise and we know the outdoors. Here, we will be able to experience them both. Options for your day include a hike and lake boat cruise, fishing, or general relaxation at our the lodge. For those wanting to hike down to the water, we will take a lake cruise to learn about the history, geology, and cultural significance of the lake while viewing the natural beauty of the caldera from the boat. The Volcano Boat Cruises depart from the north side of Crater Lake at Cleetwood Cove. Guests must make the 1.1 mile hike on Cleetwood Trail to access the lake and boat dock. This hike can be very strenuous as it drops approximately 700 feet and may take 30 to 45 minutes to descend the trail.
Premium Lodging: Hilton Hotel: Eugene, OR
Today we go rogue on a 3 hour, 36-mile round trip jet boat excursion through Hellgate Canyon on the Rogue River in Oregon. Feel the wind in your hair as our high-speed boat skims over the Rogue River’s surface with just inches of water between the boat and the rocks below. The pilot narrates the historic overview of the region and points out geographic features and wildlife such as deer, river otter, osprey, and bald eagles.
We will break for lunch at the OK Corral, an old homestead for an all you can eat country style buffet with an open air deck reserved exclusively for our group. Overlooking the beautiful Rogue River, savor a lunch of tossed green salad with homemade honey-mustard dressing and BBQ chicken to fuel your body for tomorrow. Dessert, refreshments and anything else to help you prepare for your big day will be prepared. When your bellies are full, we will head back up river to complete our day’s adventure before making our way to Eugene, Oregon. Once we arrive in Eugene, our race expert will join the Limo Liner for a driving tour of the race course and be available for any questions regarding this flat course that is known for its Boston qualifying times. We will eat dinner in Eugene and arrive at the hotel in plenty of time for a proper night’s rest so that you are prepared for the race on Sunday.
Premium Lodging: Hilton Hotel; Eugene, OR
It’s race day! We will wake up early to pick up our marathon packet which includes
● Bib with tag for timing your race
● Course Map with aid stations detail
● Coupons and Gifts from sponsors
The Limoliner will have each runner at the start/finish line early so there is no rush. Pre-race food and refreshments will be on-board the Limo Liner and the Chef will be on standby for any of your pre or post-race nourishment needs. Our masseuse will be waiting to give you a post-race massage and the entire morning will be built around the race and getting each runner ready for their personal best time. This race is flat and fast and that is why runners come from all over the world to try and qualify for Boston. In 2017, 20% of the runners made Boston qualifying times. We will fuel your body with nutritious food for optimal performance.
After the race, the Limoliner will take us on a tour of this charming community that is known for the world class track and field, and where Steve Prefontaine made his mark. After some rest, we will have a special dinner in the evening and taste some of the local ales and wine.
Premier Lodging: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront; Portland, OR
We will visit multiple wineries and then conclude our day with a farewell dinner with our chef at a vineyard where the views, wine and atmosphere are a perfect recipe for a joyful conclusion to our tour and your marathon experience. Natural boundaries and the Willamette River create the 100 mile long, 60 mile wide Willamette Valley. This region is home to approximately 400 Oregon wineries and many more wine shops and wine bars. Our navigation through this fertile landscape will take us through the heart of Oregon’s world-famous Pinot Noir country to sip and savor a palate-pleasing adventure. We will arrive in the Rose City at dusk to see its many bridges light up as a warm welcome to this charming city. Portland has a rich and robust nightlife for you to explore on your own. The hotel is in the heart of the downtown and offers convenient exploration of the city’s rich culture.
Breakfast is included at your hotel in downtown Portland Oregon, and a shuttle service to the airport is included in your all-inclusive package. Thank you for choosing Experience Park Tours.
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