The Oregon Experience

Renew your spirit in the gorgeous Oregon outdoors on this exceptional Pacific Northwest adventure! You begin in the Cascade Mountains at Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the U.S., tucked into an extinct volcano at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Your hikes—easy to strenuous—begin right off the historic 33-mile rim road. At night, the dark sky is a light show of stars and planets.

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Next it’s off to the inviting town of Grants Pass, where you can enjoy the historic downtown district before heading to your classic log lodge, half-hidden by groves of evergreen, maple, and oak.

You’ve already begun to relax from your “regular” life, and now you are ready to really go off the grid. It’s exhilarating to leave the pavement behind as you launch on your two-night, three-day float down the Wild & Scenic Rogue River. Your expert rafting guide navigates the boat smoothly through fun rapids while you watch for wildlife. River time invites you to unwind and deepen the off-the-beaten-path experience, while delicious meals and comfortable camping enhance the bliss.

Last stop is an exceptional lodge on the Rogue just minutes away from Oregon’s Gold Beach, featuring some of the most stunning scenery on the coast. You have a full day to beachcomb, hike, take a scenic drive, or simply chill out and read a book on the deck of the lodge.

Departure Dates:

Jul 9–15, 2018

Jul 16–22, 2018

Aug 6–12, 2018

Aug 13–19, 2018

Schedule Highlights:

DAY 1 / MEDFORD, OREGON AND CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK Your guide meets you at your hotel and it’s off to Crater Lake National Park, where an extinct volcanic caldera holds the deep blue lake like a giant bowl. The famous 33-mile rim road around the caldera is a designated historic district because of its unique engineering. We’ll drive the road and pick from the many hiking options—maybe Garfield Mountain, a lovely hike that affords great views of the lake. The sun will be in the western sky, lending some beautiful lighting to our perspective of the crater. We might also stop in at the Steel Visitor Center for some historical insight. Crater Lake Lodge

DAY 2 / CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK / GRANTS PASS We stretch our legs this morning with another beautiful hike before heading off to the thriving little town of Grants Pass in the afternoon. If there’s time, stroll the sidewalks of the Grants Pass historic district, with its shops, galleries, and antique stores. This evening we’ll sit down with our rafting outfitter who will orient us to the Rogue River trip ahead. The outfitter will provide you with a dry bag that you can pack your gear in for the trip. Morrison’s Lodge

DAY 3 / ON THE WILD AND SCENIC ROGUE RIVER A half-hour shuttle ride takes us to the river and we’re floating by late morning. This river day includes visits to historic sites, a short hike, riverside lunch, and swimming. We’ll get to our campsite around 4 to settle in and relax before dinner. Expect high-comfort camping with nice cots, pillows, and warm sleeping bags. Enjoy stargazing and night sounds tonight. River Camp

Day 4 / ON THE WILD AND SCENIC ROGUE RIVER Your camp cook has the coffee on and a great breakfast ready, and we’re back on the river by around 9:30. Today we explore Zane Grey’s cabin and the Rogue River Ranch, with more chances to swim as well. We’re off the river and at our next camp by about 4:30, and you’re in the rhythm of river life now, puttering around camp and enjoying another delicious dinner. River Camp

DAY 5 / OREGON’S GOLD COAST It seems like we just set off on this great adventure, but we enjoy a final day on the river and take out in the early afternoon. Not to worry though, we’re going straight from one of Oregon’s loveliest rivers to one of its loveliest lodges, the Tu Tu’ Tun, which is right on the banks of the Rogue and minutes away from the ocean. Tu Tu’ Tun has made the “Top” lists and been featured in Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and other publications. Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge

DAY 6 / OREGON’S GOLD COAST Stay back and relax in the lodge today, or join the rest of the group for a full day of exploring the Gold Beach area. The Rogue River empties into the Pacific Ocean here, and early miners worked the black sand beach for gold washed down from upstream deposits. You might find treasure yourself in the form of jade, petrified wood, orange starfish on black rocks, or a long soulful walk on a wild beach. Your guide is up for hiking too, if you are. The Cape Sebastian trail is famous for its wildflowers and affords beautiful views of the coast. Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge

DAY 7 / DEPARTURES HOME FROM MEDFORD Keep your nose to the window as we take the super scenic route back to Medford, down the coast to Crescent City, then over Highway 199 through the beautiful Smith River Recreation Area with its Jeffrey pine woodlands and Port Orford cedars. Catch your flight in Medford, or extend your stay in the hip town of Ashland, Oregon, home of the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and ranked in the top 10 of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.”


To reserve space on any departure please contact our travel partner Off the Beaten Path at 800-445-2995 or travel@offthebeatenpath.com

Our tours feature tiered pricing, with a range of prices for each trip, with the price increasing as the departure fills to allow us to confirm departures as soon as possible.

Most tours run with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 16 participants maintaining an 8 participant to 1 guide ratio.

NPCA Travel: 800-628-7275 or travel@npca.org

Check out NPCA’s full tour lineup at www.npca.org/trips

  • Cost:
    From: $4,750 to $5,150; Single Supplement: $695
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