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Walla Walla and Pendleton


Lewis & Clark, Oregon’s Cowboy Country, the Columbia River 


Enjoy a collage of experiences on this two-state vacation to eastern Oregon and Washington. This is where the Corps of Lewis and Clark walked on their return to Missouri. Today, it’s a land of cowboys and wineries, flanked by a majestic river, beckoning the visitor to learn about its colorful history and pleasant small towns. (This was originally a Mystery Tour itinerary in May of 2019. Because it was so highly rated, it returns to the schedule.)

  • At Sacagawea State Park and Patit Creek, a living history guide brings you back to the days of Lewis & Clark
  • Walk on a piece of the Oregon Trail
  • Unique cider/chocolate and local wine tasting
  • Makers Tour in Pendleton – Hats, saddles, boots
  • 2 nights each – Walla Walla & Pendleton
  • Learn about CBDs, the new hemp/cannabis-based pain med



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Off on a short flight to Seattle this morning, followed by an even shorter hop over to Pasco, in the Tri-Cities region. Dine at a popular local eatery for lunch, then stop at Sacagawea State Park. The only female in the Lewis and Clark party, she is an American legend. The first part of our history lesson focuses on her life and the many roles she played on the journey.

On to Walla Walla, where we pause for beverage at the retail store of the Browne Family Winery downtown. In the evening, a casual dinner at the hotel is included to get to know your fellow travelers. Holiday Inn Express – 2 nights (L,D) 

Day 2

At nearby Patit Creek, a costumed character joins us to fill in another piece of the Lewis and Clark story. The entire campsite is recreated in sculpture, allowing you to visualize the scene. Stop at an orchard for a lesson in apple growing, then taste a number of different varieties. Lunch is served in picturesque Dayton at the Henry Weinhard Hotel (perhaps you’ve heard of the beer by the same name).

On the way back to Walla Walla, we make a short fun stop at Klicker’s, a unique local store. Could be ice cream involved, you never know. An educational opportunity follows. CBDs have become a popular remedy for aches and pains. The marijuana/hemp derivative is sold all over. Does it work? It is legal? We take you to a local shop to learn about this recent phenomenon. No interest? Enjoy the shops downtown or return to your hotel. Dinner in town tonight is included. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Optional docent-led art walk on the campus of Whitman College (about 6 blocks, weather permitting) first thing this morning. At the Whitman Mission Historic Site, you can walk on a piece of the actual Oregon Trail and learn the story of the missionaries who came here.

On the short drive to Pendleton, stop in at Blue Mountain Cider for a unique tasting, pairing chocolate and cider. Arriving in Pendleton, first stop is the Pendleton Woolen Mill. There’s an opportunity to purchase new and also slightly imperfect items, some at great discounts; and a short tour. Oxford Suites – 2 nights (B)

Day 4

First up, a guided tour of the famous Pendleton Underground. Living accommodations, gambling dens, houses of ill repute, all underground! Build your own beef, chicken or non-beef burger for lunch at OMG Burgers. Next is the Maker’s Tour. You’ll meet a hat, a saddle and a boot maker and learn about their trades. A 5-star educational experience. (B,L,D)

Day 5

We follow the mighty Columbia back to Portland. Along the way, stop in Hood River to taste some of the amazing local strawberries and enjoy lunch at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel (perhaps view a spectacular waterfall) Our flight returns to Sacramento at 9pm. (B,L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Tuesday, June 1, 2021 to Saturday, June 5, 2021

5 Days, 11 Meals

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners


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