Solar Eclipse on our Pacific Northwest Tour

Solar Eclipse

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View of Mount Hood, from Central Oregon

Mount Hood, from Central Oregon

Where will you be during the complete solar Eclipse?

This year the Universe is throwing a special event for our small group tour of the Pacific

Northwest. On August 21 2017, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun, creating a complete solar eclipse, visible in a narrow band across the Unite States – the first time in this area in over 20 years!  We are excited to take this opportunity to view this rare event in a beautiful, off the beaten track location.

This gorgeous area hardly needs a great celestial event to make it a once in a lifetime travel experience.  A hidden gem, central Oregon offers an interplay of towering volcanoes, protected forests, wild rivers, and high desert. We make sure to include this untouristed area on several of our tours. In August we will be midway between Seattle Washington and San Francisco, California on our Pacific Northwest Explorer Tour.

Ground Squirrel sitting on volcanic Obsidian

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel sitting on volcanic Obsidian

On August 20th as we journey across the Pacific Northwest, we will be traveling from Diamond Lake in the Umpqua National Forest, stopping to visit the Newberry Caldera and hiking to spectacular waterfalls in this unique volcanic environment.

We will visit up-and-coming Bend, Oregon, and then climb up over McKenzie pass with panoramic views that include several of the tallest peaks in the state.  Coming down the other side of the pass we will enter a completely different environment.

We will spend the night at a charming locally owned inn on the McKenzie River.  The complete solar eclipse will occur mid-morning of August 21. While crowds of skywatchers are traveling to Madras Oregon, we will head to a quiet place in the Willamette National Forest, with a good viewpoint to watch the sun go dark over the Cascade Mountains.

The Adventure doesn’t stop here. We will visit Oregon’s incredible Clear Lake, where 3,000 year old trees are visible, preserved in the clear icy waters of the lake. This amazing feature was formed when a lava flow from Sand Mountain collided with headwaters of the McKenzie River, blocking the south side of the river and creating a lake.  The trees submerged by the creation of the lake are clearly visible deep below the surface from the hiking trails and from boats on the lake.

We’ll also visit Crater Lake National Park, the deepest lake in the United States, and a destination worthy of wonder, with deep blue waters and a unique geologic history that your guide will share with you.

You can learn more about our Pacific Northwest Explorer tour, traveling from San Francisco to Seattle Washington, or try one of our other tours that pass through these unique landscapes, shared with you by locals who know all the best Oregon secrets!

Koosah Falls in Willamitte National Forest