The Rugged Northwest
3rd - 20th September 2009

Tour Cost: £1,795 (Plus flights)

The tour begins in Portland, Oregon and we follow the Columbia River east into Washington State and golden hills of the Palouse. The tour is planned to coincide with the end of the harvest when the landscape is at it best with a mix of golden corn and ploughed fields. This mix on the undulating landscape offers unique landscape possibilities. From the Palouse we head into Oregon crossing the Columbia River and into Hells Canyon that overlooks the Snake River. From there we cross the high plains of Oregon stopping to photograph the unique John Day Fossil Beds before we reach Crater Lake, a fantastic volcanic cone that contains the bluest of blue lakes. We then travel the Northern California Coast at Crescent City to photograph the coast Redwoods.

Our journey then takes us north along the length of the very exciting Oregon Coast. We will visit Pistol River and Gold Beach to enjoy the coastal photography found here. Then it is on to Bandon perhaps the most beautiful of the Oregon towns. Here we can photograph the jagged rocks that rise from the Pacific as the sun sets over the ocean. We will of course have ample time to visit the surrounding area. North from here the coast gives way to high dunes and green meadows before we arrive at the famous Cannon Beach. With its giant haystack rocks jutting from the ocean just offshore it is perhaps the most iconic of Oregon’s beaches. Of course we will visit Ecola State Park to capture the marvellous vistas along this wild coastline that was created as part of the Pacific Rim of Fire.

This will be a tour full of variety and photographic opportunity in an area that offers so much but is undiscovered by many photographer and visitors to the United States.

The current tour prices reflect the huge drop in the exchange rate of the US Dollar as of November 2008. Should the exchange rate improve in the future then tour prices will be reduced accordingly.