Tours

2018 SCHEDULE


COLD WAR BUS ALPHABET HOUSE TOUR
April 12, 2018   9:30AM – 12PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $29.99
Cruise through the streets of Richland in a refurbished 1954 GMC Bus. Learn about the homes built during the peak of the Manhattan Project and Cold War. Hear the stories from local historian, Richard Nordgren, about the residents that once lived here.

RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN ERRATICS AND WILDFLOWER HIKE
April 14, 2018   9AM – 3PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $84.99
Discover ice-rafted erratics and bergmounds of the Ice Age Floods. Hike across the Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area with geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad. Enjoy the spring wildflowers at the height of growing season. This 4-5 mile hike has an elevation gain of approximately 300 feet.  Transportation and lunch are included.

WESTERN SCABLANDS OF THE ICE AGE FLOODS
April 20, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $99.99
Enjoy the Drumheller Channels and Frenchman Coulee with Ice Age Floods expert Gary Kleinknecht. In Quincy Basin, stop at the Tonnemaker Hill Farm to view the remains of an Ice Age mammoth. Then in the Columbia River Valley, see the giant current ripples of West Bar. Lastly, visit the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. Transportation and lunch are included.

WALLULA GAP HIKE
May 5, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $89.99
Walk along the flood-sculpted western side of the precipitous Wallula Gap to the Mounds Pond Overlook. Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad, will point out ice-rafted erratics, spillover channels, and other features of the Ice Age Floods. This 4-5 mile hike will bring you to the 800-foot-tall cliffs of Columbia River Basalt. Transportation and lunch are included.

FLOOD FEATURES OF PASCO BASIN & OTHELLO
May 18, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $89.99
Tour the lower Mid-Columbia Basin with Ice Age Floods expert Gary Kleinknecht. Visit the Cold Creek and Priest Rapids flood bars and Umtanum Ridge. Enjoy lunch at the Gingko Petrified State Park. See examples of pillow basalt, the remains of an Ice Age mammoth and the landscape at the Drumheller Channels. Transportation and lunch are included.

TRI-CITIES GEOLOGY TOUR
June 2, 2018   9AM – 2PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $79.99
Explore the geology beneath the Tri-Cities with geologist George Last. Hike a mile along the Yakima River bluffs and see exposures of the massive Columbia River Basalts. Yakima River and Ice Age Flood deposits are highlighted. Transportation and lunch are included.

EASTERN SCABLANDS
June 15, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $99.99
Travel to the remote Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract in the Palouse Hills with Ice Age Floods expert Gary Kleinknecht. See streamlined loess islands separated by scablands and coulees. Visit Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and more. Transportation and lunch are included.

MCBEE HILL HIKE
June 23, 2018   8AM – 2PM
Meeting Location: McBee Trailhead, 19205 N McBee Rd, Benton City, WA 99320
Cost: $39.99
Hike the two difficult miles up the north face of the Horse Heaven Hills which has an elevation gain of 1200 feet. Learn how the Ice Age Floods altered the course of the Yakima River with geologist, George Last. Lunch is included.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE REACH
Get on I-82 W from Columbia Park Trail. Take WA-224 W to Webber Canyon Rd. in Benton City. Continue to N McBee Rd.

VISIT SMALL TOWN USA
July 12, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $134.99
This road trip uncovers hidden gems of the region. Meet some locals and learn the historical significance of each town. It’s all about small town USA in Starbuck, Dayton, Waitsburg, Washtucna, and Kahlotus. Transportation and lunch are provided.

DRY FALLS & LOWER GRAND COULEE
July 20, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $99.99
Visit the remains of what may have been the biggest waterfall on Earth. Join Ice Age Floods expert, Gary Kleinknecht, to the Othello and Drumheller Channels. See the vast scablands and coulees such as Dry Falls. Transportation and lunch are provided.

FOODIE TOUR
August 9, 2018   9AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $139.99
Enjoy delicious food, talk to chefs, growers and winemakers. Learn secret spots where the locals eat. Bon Vino’s and Wine O’Clock will be among the destinations. Transportation and lunch are provided. Participants are responsible for their wine tasting fee.

COYOTE CANYON MAMMOTH DIG
August 11, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $99.99
Gary Kleinknecht, Education Director of MCBONES, will lead you through the working excavation site of a Columbian mammoth. Visit Wallula Gap, Esquatzel Coulee, and Devil’s Canyon to see other remnants of the Ice Age Floods. Transportation and lunch are included.

VINEYARDS AND WINEMAKING
September 6, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $114.99
Learn all about wine from growing to bottling. Thurston Wolfe Winery owner, Dr. Wade Wolfe, will guide you through the vineyards and the art of making great wine. Wine tasting and lunch will be at the Thurston Wolfe wine tasting room. Transportation, lunch, and wine tasting are included.

SOUTHERN CHENEY-PALOUSE SCABLANDS AND PALOUSE FALLS
September 14, 2018   8AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $99.99
Explore the southern Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract of the lower Snake River area with Gary Kleinknecht. See Old Maid Coulee, Staircase Rapids, Palouse Falls, Devil’s Canyon, and more. Transportation and lunch are provided.

HOPS TO BOTTLE
September 15, 2018   8:30AM – 4PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $119.99
Walk through a hop yard and a processing plant at Carpenter Ranches. Learn how hops become pellets and oil at Yakima Chief-Hopunion. Transportation, lunch, and beer tasting are included.

COLD WAR BUS ALPHABET HOUSE TOUR
September 22, 2018   9:30AM – 12PM
Meeting Location: REACH Museum
Cost: $29.99
Cruise through the streets of Richland in a refurbished 1954 GMC Bus. Learn about the homes built during the peak of the Manhattan Project and Cold War. Hear the stories from local historian, Richard Nordgren, about the residents that once lived here.

Experience agriculture, geology, and history for yourself while on a REACH guided tour. Our tour schedule includes exciting and engaging tours through natural landscapes, wine country, and the Columbia River. Contact Sara at 509-943-4100 ext 108 or email at sarac@visitthereach.org to book today!

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Payment is required in full the Monday prior to the tour. Full refunds will be given if cancelled two weeks before the tour date. 25% of ticket cost will be withheld if cancellation occurs after the two week deadline. Tours are subject to cancellation.
  • If you have any special diet requirements please let us know prior to the tour. No open alcohol on buses.
  • Please plan on being 15 minutes early so the tour can depart on time. All tours depart from The REACH unless otherwise stated.