7 Day 6 Night Itinerary
Portland Marathon – Magnificent Oregon
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Diversity in the landscape is as special as the premier and iconic destination of the Portland Marathon on this seven day, six night all-inclusive exploration of the Pacific Northwest. Staged at the end of the Oregon Trail, and strategically crafted around the magnificent peaks of the Ring of Fire, this adventure transports travelers back in time to when Lewis and Clark navigated the majestic Columbia River Gorge and onto the confluence of the Pacific Ocean. You are able to enjoy the beauty of Oregon before and after your race, and we are there to help you make the Portland Marathon much more than a race. The basalt monolith rocks, towering waterfalls and awe-inspiring mountains guide the tour down the Columbia River where the most treacherous bar in the world waits for those who dare to cross. Astoria Oregon, the oldest settlement West of the Mississippi is a gateway to the past. Guests can see the historical significance this port town has played in maritime, exploration and the Native American culture. The charm of Seaside and Cannon Beach will give each guest a taste of beach life and the sand between your toes will make the jog to the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves a highlight of the adventure. Wine, spirits, and high desert relaxation welcomes the tour into the Mt. Hood National scenic area and the arid landscape of Central Oregon. There is nothing more relaxing after running 26.21 miles than enjoying a scenic float on the Deschutes amid the scents of sage, ponderosa pine and fresh air. This entire itinerary is crafted around the Portland Marathon in Oregon on October 7th, 2018. 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.
Mt. St. Helens & Cannon Beach, Oregon
Premier Lodging: Ocean Lodge: Cannon Beach, OR
Seeing the natural beauty of the flourishing Oregon forests will make you understand why Runner’s World called the Portland Marathon “The best people’s marathon in the West”. Not only has it been ranked it as one of the top marathons in the country, but the environment that surrounds the marathon makes it arguably one of the best states to run in the world. This is the day we will visit Mt. St. Helens, the volcano that devastated the region with its May 18, 1980 eruption. We will first have lunch in Olympia, the state capitol, before making the scenic drive through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the active crater of Mt. St. Helens. The Johnston’s Ridge Observatory will offer insight into how the mountain erupted and recovered over the past 26 years, and how the people and landscape of this region have been changed forever. A custom lunch designed for runners like yourself will be provided. We will then descend the mountain and make our way along the Columbia River with our sights on the same view that Lewis and Clark saw when they first cast their eyes on the Pacific Ocean at the end of the Oregon Trail. We will drive through Astoria, the oldest settlement west of the Rockies and continue a short distance to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Our hotel is in the heart of the town with multiple options for shopping, beach life and dinner. Your ocean view room and deck provides breathtaking views of the sunset as hear the waves crashing into the sand.
Astoria, Seaside and Cape Disappointment
Premium Lodging: Ocean Lodge: Cannon Beach, OR
Today is a free day to soak in the beach life of Seaside and Cannon Beach. Tide pools, shopping, hiking, and good old-fashioned beach life is on the menu. There are two types of fishing options available- deep sea fishing for salmon, or Columbia River fishing at the world class Buoy 10. Fishing is not included in your package, but we will help you arrange it. The Limo Liner will drive us to Long Beach, Washington for lunch and a visit Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. We will visit Astoria, the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi where you will see the Pacific Ocean the way Lewis and Clark did at the end of the Oregon Trail. We will visit the Flavel House Museum, a Queen Anne architectural style mansion and carriage house built in 1885 for a view into one of Astoria’s first families lives. A stop at the Columbia River Maritime Museum gives us a detailed look of how important the Columbia River participates in the culture, economy and history of this charming oceanside town. The evening is yours to explore the beach and shopping district from back at the hotel.
Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Portland Oregon
Premier Lodging: Portland Marriott: Portland, OR
We will spend the early part of the day relaxing in the town of Cannon Beach, just 20 minutes South of Seaside- slowly making our way to the Portland Marathon. This town is full of art galleries, ice cream shops, great food and miles of majestic beach views. Haystack Rock is the iconic monolith that stands tall on Cannon Beach. We will depart Cannon Beach around at 11am and will stop in Tillamook, Oregon for a tour of the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. We will continue through the lush forest as we make our way to Beaverton and Hillsboro, home of Nike. We will travel through Portland and go over the Portland Marathon race course. You will be confident in knowing your way through the broad panoramas of the entire city, waterfront and the dramatic view and crossing of the St. John’s Bridge before the race begins. Racers will have the chance to fully absorb the courses features and prepare for successful run in the City of Roses the next day. A local race expert will join us for the tour of the course and offer suggestions for each runner based on their goals. We will then visit the Sports and Fitness Expo at the Ballroom in the Downtown Portland Hilton to to pick up our timing chips, bib numbers, souvenir programs, race participant souvenir bags, and other pre-race goodies. Our evening will be spent in downtown Portland where the local food and culture can be fully appreciated and experienced, and we will head back early to get a full night’s sleep before finishing one of the most premier marathons in the U.S.
Premium Lodging: Timberline Lodge: Government Camp, OR
We depart early on the Limo Liner to be at the race start-line with any pre-race meal or beverage that a runner requests from our chef. Racers will be relaxed and ready for optimum performance as they experience one of the top ten road race events in America. Runner’s World called the Portland Marathon “The best people’s marathon in the West” and for the past ten years it has ranked it as one of the top marathons in the country-today you will experience why. What better way to finish 26.2 miles than a masseuse waiting to give you a post-race massage, and a cold beverage waiting for you to kick your feet up in the comfort of the Limoliner?
Once rested and cleaned up for the day, we will drive into the world-renowned Columbia River Gorge featuring the Mt. Hood National Scenic Area. We will stop at the Vista House at Crown Point for a panoramic view of the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge featuring basalt cliffs, the Columbia River, and a world of wine within 40 miles. We will continue up the historic Columbia River Highway with a stop at the 542-foot-tall,two-tiered Multnomah Falls to witness the thunderous Cascades and enjoy the refreshing mist.
Our journey will then continue East to Hood River, Oregon and onto the famed fruit loop where cherries, pears and grapes are in abundance. We will then continue into the Mt. Hood National Forest and ascend Mt. Hood (the highest mountain in Oregon at 11,249 feet) before making our way to the historic Timberline Lodge which was built as a WPA Project. Down feather beds, giant timber beams, and creative use of stone makes this historic Lodge a treasure of Oregon and something to look forward to after a long, eventful day full of excitement. Tour the lodge, then the evening is yours to explore the many amenities including wildflower walking trails, an outdoor pool and sauna, and the well deserved relaxation in this one of a kind retreat.
Premium Lodging: Skamania Lodge: Stevenson, WA
After breakfast, our destination is Rhododendron, Oregon for a leisure stroll to Mirror Lake which offers a majestic view of Mt. Hood. This trail is 2.1 miles round trip to the lake with 700 feet of elevation change. Our Chef will have special treats prepared to fuel your walk. We will continue through the Mt. Hood National Forest and will continue our journey along the Columbia River as we make our way through the majestic landscape in route to The Dalles Oregon. This is the city that was built around Fort Dalles which served as the end of the Oregon Trail. Our visit to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will give visitors the very best interpretation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and how the Columbia Gorge was created. We will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the world famous wine country of the Columbia River Gorge and complete our day at the stunning Skamania Lodge, nestled beside Evergreen Trees and the Columbia River.
White Salmon Rafting, Golf, Bonneville Dam, Beacon Rock, Sturgeon Ponds, & Skamania Lodge
Premier Lodging: Skamania Lodge: Stevenson, WA
The day is filled with opportunity to explore the region based on your active interests and passions. For those wanting to raft, The White Salmon River has the most popular Class IV river rafting in the Columbia River Gorge. Leisure strolls are at your doorstep from the Skamania Lodge, and an aggressive and guided scenic hike is just moments away at Dog Mountain. Golfers will love the scenic round overlooking the Columbia River and the majestic evergreen trees that complete the lush landscape. The evening dinner will be at Beacon Rock State Park on the banks of the Columbia River, and there will be an optional hike to the top of Beacon Rock. This full day of opportunity will be capped off with another relaxing night at the beautiful Skamania Lodge.
Mt. Hood National Scenic Area and the journey home
Our last day will include a scenic drive towards the Portland International Airport. The 45-minute drive will be complete with a breakfast prepared by our chef, and guests will have the opportunity to say goodbye to friends and one of the most beautiful places in the world. Thank you for trusting Experience Park Tours with your valuable vacation time.
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