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 PACIFIC NORTHWEST, CANADIAN ROCKIES & OREGON COAST

JULY 9-29, 2016
A MAGNIFICENT TOUR THAT ENCOMPASSES THE MOST FABULOUS SCENERY IMAGINABLE!!
SATURDAY JULY 9
Leave early this morning aboard our own deluxe motorcoach. As we familiarize ourselves with our fellow adventurers we travel to our first overnight in Madison, WS. L
SUNDAY JULY 10
Today we continue our trek west, passing St. Paul and Minneapolis. This afternoon we'll visit the Runestone Museum in Minnesota, where we will learn about the Kensington Stone.  Overnight in Jamestown, North Dakota. BL
MONDAY JULY 11
We will tour the southern section of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. After having lunch in the typical western town of Medora, Montana, we motor to our overnight in Glasgow, MT. CL
 TUESDAY JULY 12
Our destination today is the gateway to Glacier National Park. Our hotel this evening is the spectacular Glacier Park Lodge at the entrance to Glacier National Park, Montana.  Built over a century ago by the Great Northern Railway. The immense timbers that support the Lodge were around 500 to 800 years old when they were cut. The hotel site was purchased from the Piegan, a tribe of the Blackfeet Nation. LD
WEDNESDAY JULY 13
Today we explore Glacier National Park. We board vintage park "jammer" buses to travel the Going to The Sun Highway. A beautiful drive, spectacular vistas of mountain, snow and water at every turn. Expect to be amazed at the scenery from our "open air" bus. Wild animals abound in this park and we certainly should see some. Later, we cross into Canada, our overnight is in Waterton, Alberta, near Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Perhaps you will want to enjoy a boat tour of beautiful Waterton Lake.  BL
THURSDAY JULY 14
This morning we will visit the unique Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump. And then we are off to Calgary, where we will be offering options to go to the Calgary Stampede.  Tickets to the grounds, which includes all of the exhibits and the grounds are included in our tour.  If you wish to see the exciting Chuck Wagon Races in the Grand Stand, we can order tickets for you in advance for $50.00 (seating in the balcony.)  The tickets for the Chuck Wagon Races must be ordered when you sign up for our tour.  We encourage you to purchase this extra cost ticket.  The Chuck Wagon races are a lot of fun and this is one of the few places you can view them. The bus will be leaving the Stampede after the Races.  If you wish to stay longer for the remainder of the evening performance in the Grand Stand – we will explain how to get local transportation back to the hotel. B
FRIDAY JULY 15
From atop the Calgary Tower this morning we see vistas of the Canadian Rockies which are beckoning us. Then we travel to Banff Park in Alberta. We will stop at Johnson Canyon where you can walk to the lower falls. We will enjoy visiting beautiful Chateau Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier, a view everyone has seen on travel ads for the area.  Travel to Moraine Lake, and its majestic ten peaks before arriving in Banff for a two night stay. C
SATURDAY JULY 16
Everywhere we look, the scenery is amazing as we travel today on the Ice Field Parkway, an engineering marvel with hanging glaciers and spectacular views at every turn. We will stop at aqua blue Peyto Lake & roaring Athabasca Falls - beautiful sights! But the highlight today will be riding the Sno Coach onto the 600 foot thick Columbia Glacier. Lunch at Glacier Lodge. BL
SUNDAY JULY 17
Leaving Banff National Park, we travel through Yoho National Park, Kicking Horse Pass, and Canadian Glacier National Park. We will take our coach on an exciting ride to Takkakaw Falls, the highest in Canada. A stop will be made at Revelstoke Dam. Overnight in Kamloops, British Columbia. BL
MONDAY JULY 18
Heading west again our drive will take us to Vancouver.  We will drive through the Gaslight District before visiting Stanley Park where you can purchase lunch and enjoy the views of the bay and Lion Had Bridge. This afternoon we take the ferry, viewing beautiful islands on our way to Victoria on Vancouver Island for a two night stay at the Chateau Victoria. C
TUESDAY JULY 19
Today we spend the morning visiting Butchart Gardens, one of North America’s most beautiful. This afternoon you can explore the capital of Alberta, Victoria - there are many stores for you to shop and the city sits on a beautiful harbor area. Victoria has a decidedly English atmosphere.  In the evening the Capital building and the other major buildings are outlined in white lights.
WEDNESDAY JULY 20
Today we reboard the ferry and make our way to Seattle. A great view of this city from atop the Space Needle.  We will visit the Boeing Museum of Flight. Our overnight will be near Seattle.
THURSDAY JULY 21
We begin our ascent to majestic Mt. Ranier. As the 2nd highest peak in the lower 48 states it is truly awesome. You can purchase lunch here and enjoy the wild flowers and scenery of this great mountain. This afternoon we'll drive along the magnificent Columbia River Gorge. A stop to see the highest waterfall on the Gorge, Multnomah Falls, plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain. Overnight near Portland, OR. C
FRIDAY JULY 22
Magnificent scenery is just out our coach window today as we travel along the Oregon Coast.  Cape Perpetua is our next stop. A large forested headland which projects into the ocean. The views from the visitor’s center are spectacular.  It highlights the unique beauty of central Oregon coast. We may see a migrating gray whale! A thrilling ride on the sand dunes this afternoon.  Our overnight is in Florence, OR. C
SATURDAY JULY 23
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, is our main attraction today. The blue color is unbelievable, and it is set off by the lovely evergreens which grace the shores. It is the deepest lake in the U.S. More than 50 feet of snow falls here each year. Our overnight will be in central Oregon. C
SUNDAY JULY 24                                                                                                                                              We travel on through central Oregon and into Idaho.  Passing through Boise, the Capital, we arrive at the well known luxury resort of Sun Valley Idaho for our overnight. Enjoy this great vacation spot, walk the beautiful landscaped grounds and then have dinner overlooking the ice rink where many notables have skated, including Sonja Heine. (Yes they keep it frozen even in the summer!!)CD
 
MONDAY JULY 25
Our first stop is at the Craters of the Moon National Monument.  Then we travel on to Wyoming.  We’ll have an early arrival in the lovely mountain town of Jackson.  There will be time to browse around the great shops this afternoon and evening with the majestic Tetons as a backdrop. L
TUESDAY JULY 26
Following Oregon and Mormon Trails this morning we will visit Guernsey to see the actual ruts left by the wagon trains of the late 1800's. A stop will be made at the Scottsbluff Memorial. The escarpment rises 800 feet above the North Platte River and was a prominent landmark on the Oregon and California trails. Overnight Scottsbluff, NE. 
WEDNESDAY JULY 27                                                                                                                                       We will make a picture stop at Chimney Rock this morning and then continue to travel eastward, stopping in Kearney, NE at the Great Platte River Road Archway.  It pays tribute to the enduring spirit of the early pioneers and is described by many as bringing the westward migration to life!  Spanning Interstate 80, it commemorates the quarter of a million settlers who migrated along the Platte River Road from 1845-1860. You can experience the hardships encountered by our pioneer ancestors crossing the river, a buffalo stampede, and a stopover at a frontier fort. Council Bluffs is our home tonight. CL     
THURSDAY JULY 28                                                                                                                                            A visit will be made at the Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa.  It tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest into the most productive farmland in the world. Our last overnight will be spent at Bettendorf, IN.  D
FRIDAY JULY 25
Continuing homeward, we have completed our journey through some of the most extraordinary scenery in North America. As we roll on through Indiana and Ohio, we'll recount the good times we have had. Mid-evening arrival home. BL
$3998 per person double occupancy
$3500 per person triple occupancy
$5700 per single occupancy
PRICE INCLUDES: Escorted travel aboard our own deluxe motorcoach; twenty nights lodging: twenty-eight meals: admission to all included attractions: baggage handling for one bag for each person; taxes and gratuities for included meals and lodging.
Reservations will be held with a $200 per person deposit. A valid passport or passport card is required for this tour. You may apply for either of these at your local Post Office or Court House.

NOTE: FINAL PAYMENT FOR THIS TOUR IS DUE 70 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.

 

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