& General Info
All annual meeting attendees and guests are welcome to register for guest tours. Tour fees offset the cost of guides, transportation, admission, and gratuities. Tours may be cancelled if minimum attendance is not met, so please register early!
Tour participants should check in at the Guest Hospitality Suite to be directed to the trip departure location. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early so that you don’t miss the bus. GSA is unable to refund tour costs if you miss the scheduled departure time.
Sunday, 18 October
101. City Tour — Weird and Wonderful!
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Cost: US$79; min.: 20.
The “city of roses” trip would not be complete without time to see the highlights and explore both the beautiful and the unusual. Board your luxury motor coach this morning with your guide to see the financial district, the smallest park in the world, and Old Town before you reach Chinatown for your walking tour. Descend underground to have a flashlight tour of the legendary “Shanghai tunnels,” and learn the historical stories of people finding themselves on an ocean-going voyage without their permission! Hear about scandals and other controversies as you continue through Old Town, down Broadway, named for New York and full of special theaters, a stop at VooDoo Donuts, and on up to beautiful Washington Park. We’ll stop at Washington Park to see the picturesque Rose Garden and its international test beds, which boasts over 10,000 blooms on display in the summer.
Monday, 19 October
102. Seashells at the Seashore and Rogue Ale Too!
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost: US$125, lunch included; min.: 20.
Your journey will take you to the “blue Pacific” and the central Oregon fishing village of Newport. Pass through Lincoln City, a town 20 miles long and one mile wide on the way. We will stop at Yaquina Head to see Oregon’s tallest lighthouse and its exquisite view. Next, it is on to the aquarium to view Pacific Northwest sea life. Known for its ocean animal rescue missions, this aquarium has an international history. Your lunch will be at the famous Rogue Ales Brewery. Following lunch is a tour of the beer and spirits area — plus, you won’t want to miss the famous “bathroom tour.” This will be such fun! After a walk on the wharf and a bit of time to browse or talk to the sea lions, we’ll return to Portland late afternoon.
103. Birds of a Feather — Including the Eagles!
8 a.m.–4 p.m. Cost: US$140, includes box lunch; min.: 10.
This will be an 8-hour driving and walking tour of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most significant winter waterfowl and raptor refuges. We will look for some 40 bald eagles that fly every morning onto the island to look for prey, as well as the thousands of ducks and geese that make the fields and wetlands of Sauvie Island and surrounds their winter home. Other raptors we may encounter include peregrine falcons, merlins, rough-legged and red-tailed hawks, and northern harriers, and the trip may be highlighted by sightings of Sandhill cranes, tundra swans, and the dusky Canada geese from Alaska’s Copper River Delta. A box lunch and lots of fun are included in this tour.
Tuesday, 20 October
104. Mighty Mount Hood
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost: US$97, lunch included; min.: 20.
About a 90-minute drive from the busy city of Portland is mighty Mount Hood, with an elevation of 11,235 feet. This snow-capped volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range is Oregon’s highest peak and the home to historic Timberline Lodge. Mount Hood is also the site for year-round skiers, and is the summer training area for the Olympic ski team. We will visit timberline with time to explore and view the glacial fields as well as the panoramic alpine views. Lunch is included and cooked by a well-known chef in the Timberline Lodge dining room.
Wednesday, 21 October
105. Magnificent Columbia Gorge
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost: US$62; min.: 20.
Enjoy the breathtaking views from the Crown Point Vista House located on the historic scenic highway ~700 feet above the mighty Columbia River. The motor coach will pass waterfalls and forested vales to reach Multnomah Falls, the fourth highest falls in North America, with a vertical drop of ~620 feet. Observe the unusual rock formations on your way to Bonneville Dam, the first federal dam on the Columbia River. There you will visit the interpretive center and the fish hatchery to learn the salmon life cycle and see an 80-year-old Sturgeon fish, descendant of prehistoric eras. Continue a bit farther to the Bridge of the Gods. Your guide will tell you the wonderful legend about where the bridge connects the states of Washington and Oregon. This six-hour tour includes time for lunch with a view of the river.