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2013 National Convention Tours

Motor coach for all tours will depart from and return to the Hilton Portland

© Jim Fullan & Travel Portland

City & Garden Tour – $65

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Thursday)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Saturday)

Portland is an intimate city with elegant parks, bridges, intriguing architecture, beautiful gardens, and fantastic views. But most of all, it is a city full of activities and an outdoor playground that beckons all who visit to explore! Your tour guide will share Portland's history and points of interest as you travel between the city's most beloved gardens. The world-class Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland's most dynamic and tranquil. The 40,000 square foot walled garden located in the heart of downtown is the largest Suzhou-style garden outside of China. Wander along its secluded walkways and explore the elegant pavilions, ponds, and arched bridges. 

Five gardens comprise the 5.5 acre Japanese Garden, which emphasizes the essence of nature through plants, stone, and water. Lose yourself in the tranquilly and beauty of these five gardens – Strolling Pond, Tea, Sand and Stone, and the Natural and Flat Gardens. 

Near the Japanese Garden is the International Rose Test Garden where you will make a brief stop to see the first buds of spring that have begun to appear. Established in 1917, this is the oldest public rose test garden in the United States; when in bloom it boasts over 10,000 roses and 600 varieties.

© Julia Grieve & Travel Portland

Gorge Tour – $65

8:00 am – 2:30 pm (Wednesday, Thursday)

Experience the grandeur and history of the Columbia River Gorge as you travel along a section of the Old Columbia River Gorge Highway past enchanting waterfalls. Enjoy scenic Wahkeena Falls, a Yakima Indian word meaning "most beautiful." Stop at the spectacular Multnomah Falls, which is the fourth highest in the United States, plummeting 620 feet. Explore the falls by taking a short walk up the paved trail to the Simon Benson Bridge or just stand at the base and revel in its splendor. The tour continues to Horsetail Falls, which is named for its characteristic form and plunges 176 feet. 

Other stops on this tour include Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery. The Bonneville Dam is the first of eight federal locks and dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. View the fish migration at the hatchery and visit the well known, 11 foot, 500 pound, 70 year old white sturgeon named Herman. 

You will enjoy lunch on the banks of the Columbia River in the town of Hood River, where on a windy day you will see the colorful sails of windsurfers in this world renowned windsurfing capitol.


Mt. St. Helens Tour – $85

7:45 am – 4:00 pm (Wednesday, Saturday)

Sunday, May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens blasted into history and violently changed the landscape with an earthquake that measured 5.1 on the Richter scale. See how this massive eruption changed the mountain forever. You will see spectacular and unique views of the mountain, crater, and lava dome from Mt. St. Helens Visitor's Center and Johnston Ridge Observatory. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens is one of the most dramatic natural events in the history of the United States.

Discover what Mt. St. Helens looked like before the blast, what happened during the eruption, and how wildlife and plant life have re-emerged from the ash. Listen to stories from people who experienced the blast and those forever caught in its wake-like Harry Truman who lived at the foot of the mountain on the shores of Spirit Lake and belligerently vowed never to leave. 

Remnants of the destruction remain three decades later and are a stark contrast to the beauty that has emerged. 

A box lunch will be provided.

© Bill Monroe

Spring Chinook Salmon Fishing – $200

6:00 am – Noon (Saturday)

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind fishing trip for Springers, which are a special spring run of Chinook Salmon. You'll be fishing in the Willamette River, which runs through downtown Portland – just six short blocks from our host hotel. The trip includes bait, tackle, salmon tag, license, and guide service. Each boat holds 4 to 6 people.

For those lucky enough to catch these premium salmon, packing is available.

© Travel Portland

Wine Tour – $95

10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Wednesday, Thursday)

Travel by motor coach through rolling hillsides, picturesque vineyards, and manicured orchards in one of the most scenic areas in the region, Yamhill County. Sample wines from three unique wineries – Duck Pond, Vista Hills, and Erath. Get a behind the scenes guided tour and learn more about the winemaking process. Like the great wine regions of France and Germany, Oregon's wine country is blessed with a long, moderate growing season, which has proven ideal for such grapes as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and White Rieslings. Yamhill County's winemakers consistently produce wines that receive the highest honors in many American and international wine competitions. This tour is complete with a specially prepared vintner's lunch in a vineyard setting.

© Torsten Kjellstrand & Travel Portland

A Taste of Portland

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Wednesday)

Portland embraces nature and is known for its diverse people, culture, food, and microbrews. Dress as a Portlander, socialize with your DU family, and enjoy the taste of Portland microbrews and tavern food. 

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*Please note: Your ticket for the day you selected and for the tour(s) is included in your convention registration envelope. As soon as you arrive, please register at the DU registration area located in the Ballroom Foyer of the Hilton. Those who did not return the tour reservation form that was included in the convention registration brochure may still be able to participate in any tour activity, on a space available basis, by reporting to the Convention Registration Area. Please keep your ticket attached to your Convention name badge. You will need both to participate in tours.

Information and schedules included here are subject to change. 

For the latest information, please visit convention.ducks.org.


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