Entomology 2014 Offsite Tour Opportunities

Full Day Tour Options:

Mt. Hood Loop & Gorge Waterfalls Tour
Dates: Sunday, November 16
Tuesday, November 18
Thursday, November 20
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Fee: $72 USD (sign up through America’s Hub World Tours using password Portland)
Spend the day seeing the best nature sites outside the city and enjoy spectacular views of Mt Hood.  Standing at 11,245 feet, take in views of Mt. Hood from the Timberline Lodge, a national historic landmark. Next we visit the Hood River area and the Colombia River Gorge waterfalls, including the second highest year-round waterfall in the U.S. before returning to the Oregon Convention Center.

Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour, however time will be provided to stop for lunch along the way.

Mt. Hood Snowshoeing Tour
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fee: $90 USD(sign up through the ESA registration system)
This tour is weather permitting and may be subject to last minute cancellation.

Join us for a fully guided half-day snowshoe adventure in scenic Mt. Hood. Guides will meet the group at Timberline Lodge, a national historic landmark. There are two options available, depending on the desired activity level, one utilizing part of the Pacific Crest Trail and the other heading up Mount Hood to Silcox Hut. Snowshoes and a boxed lunch are included with the tour. Participants should be prepared with cold weather gear and layers for outdoor activity.

Vino & Views Gorge Tour
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fee: $105 USD (sign up through the ESA registration system)

Drive through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area with a first stop at the Vista House. Situated on a cliff with a panoramic view, the Vista House was built in 1916 as a memorial to Oregon Pioneers and as a comfort station for those traveling on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The second stop will be at the memorable and magnificent Multnomah Falls. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Next, bask in the fabulous new tasting room of Mt. Hood Winery with gorgeous mountain and vineyard views. After a lovely lunch you will have the opportunity to have a guided tasting of Mt Hood Winery’s wonderful wines. If time allows, there may be a last stop at the engineering marvel, Bonneville Dam, to witness the power of water upon returning to Portland.

Lunch is included in the tour fee.

Oregon’s Birds, Bugs and Bounty Experience
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Fee: $130 USD (sign up through the ESA registration system)

Hike through Forest Park, an impressive reserve more than 8 miles (13 km) on the hillsides of Portland overlooking the Willamette River, it is one of the country's largest urban forest reserves. The park, a major component of a regional system of parks and trails, covers more than 5,100 acres of mostly second-growth forest with a few patches of old growth. A guide will lead you through the park providing history of the trail, human impact on this habitat, and the various life forms that live throughout the park. Trails are often muddy in November and are steep in places, participants should be prepared for the weather and a hike of moderately-strenuous distance and terrain, but the pace will be such that you can take in the lush surroundings with questions and exploration. After taking in the flora and fauna of this beautiful urban park you will settle in for lunch and a beer at a local brew pub! A true "Portlander" type of day.

Lunch is included in the tour fee.

Half-Day Tour Options:

Hiking the Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Trails
Date: Daily (Saturday, November 15 – Thursday, November 20)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Fee: $60 USD (sign up through America’s Hub World Tours using password Portland)

The National Scenic Area includes Oregon and Washington and hikes may be on either side of the Columbia River. Your hike includes views of gorgeous waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area including the Pacific Northwest forest with old growth firs, cedars, canopied covered trails & fern lined paths along creeks. Fall hikes may view spawning salmon runs in the wild. The Gorge is also host to a unique diversity of plant and animal life, including over 800 species of

wildflowers, 15 of which exist nowhere else on earth.

Lunch is not included in the tour fee.

Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls
Date: Daily (Saturday, November 15 – Thursday, November 20)
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Fee: $48 USD (sign up through America’s Hub World Tours using password Portland)

Spend half the day seeing rushing water where every twist and turn brings new vistas, from majestic waterfalls such as Bridal Veil Falls,  Latourell Falls, Wahkeena  Falls, Multnomah Falls, Horse Tail Falls and Crown Point Vista House (the most visited natural site in Oregon), to astounding views of the mountain ranges, forestry growth  and more.  

Lunch is not included in the tour fee.

Portland City Tour
 Date: Daily (Saturday, November 15 – Thursday, November 20)
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM or 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fee: $48 USD (sign up through America’s Hub World Tours using password Portland)

See more than just the downtown highlight and get introduced to the City of Portland history, culture and current events. Travel through the various parts of the city and visit all the must-see attractions including the Pearl District, Pittock Mansion, International Rose Gardens, Portland Arial Tram Ride and more. All entry fees included in the tour fee.

 

About America’s Hub World Tour: The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is proud to partner with America's Hub World Tours to provide several tour options for Entomology 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Working with America’s Hub World Tours, ESA has selected discounted tour packages for Entomology 2014 attendees that will be offered daily throughout the conference. This offers you the most flexibility and cost savings when selecting additional activities while in Portland. We hope you enjoy your time as you get out and about to see the city!