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A cyclist's dream come true! Ride the peaks of Washington's Cascade Mountains, the volcanic blast zone of Mt. St. Helens, the Columbia Gorge and the Oregon Coast - in one amazing 10-day adventure. Cruise through apple and cherry orchards and beside renowned fly-fishing rivers. Bike through stands of ancient cedar and tall firs into Mt. Rainier National Park. Ride through a wilderness of spectacular peaks, glaciers and wildflower-crammed meadows to the apple and pear orchards of the Columbia Gorge. Stay at newly-remodeled Paradise Inn, magnificent Skamania Lodge and Mt. Hood's iconic Timberline Lodge - lovingly crafted by local artisans of the WPA during the Great Depression. Finish with three days biking the glorious Oregon Coast shoreline from Cannon Beach to Yaquina Bay.
Meet in Seattle to shuttle over the Cascades. Ride the eastern foothills to Cle Elum and an old railroad station.
Meet in Seattle. Shuttle over the Cascade Mountains to ride the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range. Peaceful country roads wind through the hills to tiny Cle Elum, in Wenatchee National Forest. Stay tonight at the Iron Horse Inn, with its rooms filled with railroad memorabilia and an outdoor hot tub. It's also adjacent to a rails-to-trails bicycle path that crosses the state of Washington and is near a former railroad station/roundhouse recently converted into a railroad museum. Train fans, this is for you! Route: 40.0 mi +2036 ft / -2441 ft
Bicycle the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway to the fruit orchards surrounding Yakima. Stay tonight at beautiful Birchfield Manor.
Ride into open cattle country near Ellensburg along the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway - a gorgeous route that follows the river's curves as it exits the Cascades. Pedal through apple and cherry orchards surrounding Yakima. Tonight: enjoy the pool at Birchfield Manor, a luxurious inn with award-winning meals and a great wine list. Route: 69.7 mi +2010 ft / -2896 ft
Follow the Naches River up the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range and into Wenatchee National Forest.
Bicycle beneath basalt cliffs beside the Naches River, whose name means 'rough water' in the Yakima language. Take a short hike to a cave at lunch before entering the wooded slopes of the Cascades. Stay at rustic Whistlin’ Jack Lodge in Wenatchee National Forest. Enjoy the river views from your room’s bay window - or if you're up for it, there's a great river swimming hole onsite. There’s plenty of extra riding to do here if you like as well! Route: 51.6 mi +2237 ft / -960 ft
Ride into Mt. Rainier National Park. Stay tonight at Paradise...Paradise Inn, that is.
Ride into Mt. Rainier National Park today on the Chinook Scenic Byway. The 30-mile climb to the summit of 5,430'-Chinook Pass leads to a terrifically fun 12-mile downhill through Cayuse Pass (4,675') and follows the Ohanapecosh River to the ancient Grove of the Patriachs. Time to climb again! The 24 miles up Stevens Canyon Road ascend the eastern flank of Mt. Rainier through old-growth forests, past waterfalls and streams filled with snowmelt. Stay tonight at historic Paradise Inn on Mt. Rainier, which has hosted the likes of skater Sonja Henie and President Harry Truman. Route: 62.6 mi +7595 ft / -4615 ft
Explore Paradise on Mt. Rainier today. Hike, relax and/or ride to Longmire and back up again.
Paradise Lodge is perched at 5,200 feet atop Mt. Rainier. This classic lodge has been beautifully redone over the last two years. Today, hike a glorious mountainside trail through meadows of wildflowers, beside sparkling streams, up to an area with commanding views stretching for over 100 miles. Prefer to skip the 5-mile hike? Ride down to the mineral hot springs of Longmire, about 6 miles and 2800 feet down the mountain, then climb back up again to Paradise. Hike: 5 miles
Ride through Gifford Pinchot National Forest to Mt. St. Helens today. Explore the blast zone, then head to Skamania Lodge on the Columbia River.
Follow the river down through Gifford Pinchot National Forest toward Mt. St. Helens. This quiet road is the route that exploding gases and ash followed during the volcanic eruption on May 18, 1980. At first the lush forest looks normal, then spots of white pumice begin appearing on the forest floor. Farther along, some trees are missing branches. Occasional standing dead trees appear. Still further, you'll see trees that were thrown down by the blast lying like spilled toothpicks, trunks all pointing to a still-smoldering crater. Devastation seems complete - that is, until you crest a ridge and view the ultimate: no trees at all. Hot volcanic gases blasting at 500+ miles per hour blew everything away. A park ranger tells the incredible story of the explosion from a vista overlooking log-jammed Spirit Lake. Afterward, hop into the van for the shuttle to the Columbia River and elegant Skamania Lodge. Route: To Packwood, 27.8 mi +271 ft / -4618 ft; To Windy Ridge, 15.9 mi +2312 ft / -1126 ft
Ride the Columbia Gorge's 'Fruit Loop,' then back into the Cascade Mountains to Mt. Hood's iconic Timberline Lodge.
Today, bike through the apple and pear orchards - a favorite local ride in the Hood River Valley called the “Fruit Loop.” Continue riding east into Mt. Hood National Forest, past dense stands of tall firs and up the mountain, to finish with a climb to magnificent Timberline Lodge, famous for its place in The Shining. Enjoy a superb meal in a spectacular and historic setting: at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the views are majestic. Route: 60.8 mi +8276 ft / -2746 ft
Bike down Mt. Hood. Then head to the coast to ride from Cannon Beach to Manzanita.
Enjoy a long and well-earned cruise down the flanks of Mt. Hood to a delicious picnic lunch among the red cedars of Meinig Park. Time for a nap in the van during the shuttle from here toward Oregon's coast. Stop for lunch at McMenamins Cornelius Pass, then ride through the coastal mountains to Manzanita on a quiet, forested road. Route: Mt Hood descent, 39.2 mi +1463 ft / -6413 ft; Ride to coast: 19.9 mi +716 ft / -1071 ft
Bike the Three Capes Scenic Route today from Tillamook to Cape Kiwanda.
Bicycle pastoral dairy country and forest land to Tillamook and its world famous (albeit kitschy) cheese factory. Time to sample cheese and ice cream! Ride the Three Capes Scenic Route beside the Pacific Ocean, over the dramatic promontory of Cape Meares, past herons stalking fish in peaceful Netarts Bay and then through Cape Lookout State Park. 10 miles of this route is closed to cars, so you'll have this gorgeous coastline all to yourself! Further south, pedal past sand dunes, hang gliders soaring above seaside bluffs and fishing dories being launched from the beach into the surf at Cape Kiwanda. Spend tonight at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda with its magnificent views of the Pacific. Route: 59.7 mi +3175 ft / -3159 ft
Ride south along the wild coastline to Yaquina Bay, then shuttle back to Portland.
This last morning, follow a peaceful country road south along the coastline, pausing at several state parks to watch waves pummel the rocks and marvel at the beauty of evergreen forest inching down to the white sand beaches. Pedal a section of the old coast highway that slid into the ocean several years ago, but has been beautifully rebuilt as a one-way, one-lane scenic byway with a wide bike path. Stop for photo ops of the forested cliff and pounding surf directly below. Celebrate the end of the journey at an 1870’s-era lighthouse overlooking the fishing harbor at Yaquina Bay's lighthouse state park, then head back to Portland. Route: 55.5 mi +3187 ft / -3146 ft
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.