ACUP+ provides a wonderful experience for companions traveling with conference attendees. Vancouver, and the beautiful surrounding areas of the Columbia River Gorge, is the perfect place for companions and guests of attendees to reunite, as well as welcome new friends. Bring your walking shoes, appetite, and enthusiasm for nature

Monday ~ April 4


The Companions will depart for the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area for the day. We will travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway. We will stop at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. The museum includes many exhibits illustrating the geology, wildlife early explores and Native American culture and much more. We will have lunch in The Dalles area. On the way back to Vancouver we will stop at one of Oregon’s most famous landmarks, Multnomah Falls and the Crown Point Vista! There should be time to make a few more stops for more waterfalls and many panoramic views of the gorge. Bring your cameras!

*photo courtesy of Walsh Construction Co.


Tuesday ~ April 5


The group will depart for Portland to the stunning Portland Japanese Garden. The gardens have eight unique styles, streams, walkways, and a view of Mt. Hood.  After a leisurely lunch, the afternoon will be spent touring the Pittock Mansion. Built in 1914 the French Renaissance mansion has a panoramic view of the city. We will then visit the largest bookstore in the world, Powell’s City of Books! Wear your walking shoes!


Wednesday ~ April 6


In the morning the group will visit the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. There are many buildings to see here that feature how the Vancouver area was settled from the mid-19th century to the present. On this property there is Officers Row, the Marshall House and the Pearson Air Museum and the Water Resources Education Center. Lunch will be on the beautiful waterfront and lastly, the group will be free to explore downtown Vancouver.


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