The Beauty and Bounty of the Pacific Northwest
Explore the Fruit Loop; a breathtakingly beautiful 35-mile loop that leads to the base of Mt. Hood. Our motorcoach will embark on a narrated tour of this scenic roadway, crossing through orchards, forests and farmland unique to the area and its fertile soil. One cannot experience this area by simply driving through so we’ll make a few key stops along the way. Our first stop offers a paradoxical view. Guests may recognize this lodge as the eerie Overlook Hotel used in the blockbuster film The Shining. But there’s nothing scary about the Timberline Lodge, it’s basked in beauty and sits humbly in the shadows of the enormous Mt. Hood. Here guests can tour the hotel and stand in the very spot where President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a memorable and moving speech in 1937. Explore the vast hotel before gathering in the warmth of the great stone hearth fireplace for coffee, cocoa and pastries.
Continuing on our tour of the Fruit Loop, we will stop for a homemade all-American lunch prepared with local ingredients and fruits harvested right here in the region. At the Parkdale Grange Hall, lunch includes an in-depth presentation by local horticulturalists who will explain why this area is so uniquely suited for the countries best produce and wines.
As we travel even further, into the valleys and orchards, we will make a stop at The Fruit Company. This family-owned company has been offering the fruits and “jems” found only in these fertile valleys to the rest of the country via their mail order program since 1942. They’ve taken pride in offering local produce and treats, showcasing the fruits of the region, their uniqueness and pristine quality—like nowhere else on earth.
We will then experience the fruits of the local fertile ground as we head down the Fruit Loop to the Mt. Hood Winery. Here, guests can enjoy samples of wine produced here at this historic Winery. Last, but certainly not least, we'll stop at Multnomah Falls, Oregon's tallest waterfall.
Note: Inclusion of the Timberline Lodge is dependent upon weather conditions. Due to its elevation and remote location, the Timberline Lodge stop will not be available in winter weather conditions. In the event that the road leading to the Timberline Lodge is impassable, there will be a substitution made including a shopping stop in Downtown Hood River. The Timberline Lodge sits at 6,000 feet above sea level-those at heightened risk for altitude sickness should avoid this tour.
- 8 hours
- Tour Capacity
- 50 guests
Multnomah Falls and Crown Point - Including the Old Scenic Highway
Today’s experience captures the awe-inspiring beauty of America’s most scenic landscapes. Upon departing the American Empress, guests will board our industry leading motorcoach and begin their excursion as we set off for a breathtaking drive along America’s most scenic stretch of highway. The Scenic Highway was built in 1913 and custom-crafted to enhance, yet not interrupt, the perfection of the surrounding natural wonders. Known as one of the greatest engineering feats; the “King of Roads” will lead us high into the mountains towards Crown Point. Before arriving at the Point, we’ll pull off the highway for scenic stop at the Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint. Here, guests can capture a perfect photo to remind them of their voyages through this beautiful landscape. Perhaps the most widely photographed vantage point of the Columbia River Gorge below. As we reach our destination, aptly named for its unique formation and created over 14 million years ago by a lava flow, Crown Point offers a view fit for a king. At the height of the bluff sits Vista House, perched high above the Columbia River as would a crown on a King. Vista House offers a panoramic view of the breathtaking Columbia river more than 700 feet below. Built in 1916 and known not only for its magnificent views, but also for its unique octagonal shape—this overlook contains a gift shop and interpretive displays exhibiting the historic and geological points of interest of the area.
As we continue our journey we will embark, once again, on the Scenic Highway and continue to Oregon’s highest waterfall and perhaps the most picturesque, Multnomah Falls, where guests can get a breathtaking look at the falls and browse the unique gift shop.
As we complete our drive on the 13 miles of Scenic Highway, we will pass eight additional falls including Latourell Falls, Oregon’s most unique fall which drops straight down from an over-hanging cliff; Wahkeena Falls, a 242-foot high subtle cascade that received its name from Native American’s word for “most beautiful” and last but certainly not least; Horsetail Falls, named by its unique equestrian shape.
- 3.5 hours
- Tour Capacity
- 100 guests