With its historical downtown and lush greenery flanking the undulating Columbia River, Vancouver, Washington, is a Pacific Northwest paradise for the laid-back. This is just fine with Vancouver Segway Tours, a family-owned company that invites its patrons to experience the small city in one of the most laid-back manners—from a Segway.
The upright machines, which balance themselves through dynamic stabilization technology and yoga classes in their off-hours, respond to the movements of the rider, moving forward and backward along with the helmeted guests. This allows the riders to glide through the city's streets and park paths comfortably and confidently as they learn historic tidbits about the area.
The Brewcycle is a fifteen-person, 100% green, party machine! The first of its kind to roll into the Portland area, this 15 person bike let's you experience your own "sampler" of the Pearl District's Microbreweries. If you like beer, biking and combining the two...you'll LOVE us!
In the shadow of the Deschutes River’s towering buttes and sheer rock faces, High Desert River Outfitters’ rafts soar over swirling rapids. The outfitter’s river guides have been navigating this river since 1990 and have mastered its most challenging rapids and eddies. In addition to firsthand experience, all guides boasts extensive training in swift-water safety and rescue, as well as certifications in first aid and CPR. They welcome adventurers of all ages, carefully tailoring trips to suit skill levels.
Groups can embark on leisurely half-day sojourns that provide a quick riverside glimpse of the surrounding landscape. Additionally, on any trips that last a day or longer, guides prepare barbecue lunches for all their guests to provide them with the energy necessary to control the rafts and physically remove any stowaway mountain goats.
Atop 30 acres of complex volcanic soils, Robert Morus tends his collection of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes planted against a backdrop of towering, snow-capped mountains. Embracing the labor-intensive process necessary to harvest flavorful grapes, Morus and his staff allow vines to only grow a single grape cluster per shoot. This technique gives each fruity morsel an intense flavor character and prevents grapes from getting overcrowded, jumping off the vine, and joining a troupe of singing raisins. First planted in 1989, the plots now fill sustainably-tended vineyards where visitors can come to learn more about the wine-making process during tours, wine tastings, and other events.
Situated on a 54-acre plot of land near the Columbia River, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum chronicles thousands of years of the area’s natural and cultural history. The 48,200-square-foot facility—which received an American Institute of Architects Honor Award—features interactive and multimedia exhibits that let guests study everything from the volcanic activity and floods that created the gorge to its wildlife. Guests can stand in the shadow of a life-size, 13-foot mammoth in the Ice Age exhibit or hide from its intimidating tusks under a canvas tent modeled after the one used by Lewis and Clark.
As the official interpretive center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area, the center celebrates the area’s indigenous flora and fauna while working to preserve them. Five acres of indigenous plants host turtles, ducks, geese, songbirds, and other native wildlife, on which guests spy as they stroll through the nature walk. At the raptor exhibit, visitors can come face-to-beak with various birds of prey, including a bald eagle, a great horned owl, and a red-tailed hawk. The Discovery Center and Museum hosts frequent educational programs and tour groups that detail ways to protect the area’s biodiversity without having to marry a tree.