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Total Solar Eclipse Trip August 19–22, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Join Pacific Science Center for an astronomic marvel: the Total Solar Eclipse. Catch this breathtaking moment from totality in Central Oregon.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind trip filled with education and excitement. Revel in the build-up and totality of the eclipse from one of the world’s premier viewing sites: Madras, Oregon.

At this weekend-long stay in Bend, Oregon, take advantage of first class education from the Pacific Science Center team, along with guest education from an array of experts. Learn about what makes this eclipse so remarkable; get training on what to look for during the event; and dig deeper with our team of astronomers. You will be joined by a team of Pacific Science Center educators, including Planetarium Supervisor, Dave Cuomo, and Pacific Science Center leaders including CEO and President, Will Daugherty.

Make the trip with Pacific Science Center and we will take care of everything for you. Enjoy a three night stay at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, Oregon. All meals provided between your arrival and your departure.

Spend a day taking in top-notch science education from our team of educators. Then relax on a chartered bus as we bring you directly to our amazing viewing site – our wide-open “Eclipse Central” in Madras, Oregon. There, you’ll have access to an outstanding, festival-like atmosphere in partnership with Lowell Observatory. See Science Channel personalities, view the sun with your personal sunoculars (courtesy of Pacific Science Center), and get personalized instruction on the marvel we will witness together. A truly unparalleled opportunity to make this trip with the Pacific Northwest’s best.

Wait List

Reservations are no longer open for this trip. Please contact us to be placed on our wait list.

Solar Eclipse Glasses

Though this event is currently at maximum capacity, we welcome you to contact us about future travel opportunities. If you’re looking for an educational event in the zone of totality, consider attending the Lowell Solar Eclipse Experience in Madras, Oregon sponsored by Lowell Observatory. Go to for information.

Lowell Observatory Solar Eclipse Experience 2017

Weekend Highlights

  • See the total eclipse from one of the planet’s most optimal viewing sites: Madras, Oregon. Get an amazing two and a half hours of eclipse viewing along with the most time in totality you’ll find anywhere.
  • Special education and presentations from Pacific Science Center planetarian Dave Cuomo, Lowell Observatory experts, NASA scientists, and Science Channel personalities.
  • Unparalleled access to equipment, experts, and viewing site while making the trip in comfort.
Solar Eclipse 2017 Map
Saturday, August 19
Travel to Bend, Oregon, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier destinations – situated in the High Desert of Central Oregon. There, you will meet us at our Eclipse Headquarters along the Deschutes River – the Riverhouse Hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail hour with your fellow eclipse enthusiasts. Meet and greet with our dynamic Pacific Science Center staff. And get acclimated to the upcoming days ahead.
Sunday, August 20
After breakfast at the Riverhouse, it’s a full day of exploration and curiosity. Get all of your burning questions answered in our workshop sessions. Learn how various cultures have thought of eclipse, about historically significant eclipse moments, and how scientists today study them. Join a Pacific Science Educator as we explore why we have eclipse and how it is possible to predict when and where they happen. After dinner, we’ll have a special session with NASA scientists from Lowell Observatory. Then it’s an early evening as we ready ourselves for the Total Solar Eclipse in the morning.
Monday, August 21
The big day! Get excited, because we’re loading up early to begin Eclipse Day. Travel on a chartered bus and relax as we take care of meals, space, and all the educational opportunities you’d like. You won’t have to deal with the crowd as we approach our private viewing area. We’ll reach Eclipse Central in Madras, Oregon and prepare for the big moment. Can you feel the anticipation? The sun begins to darken, the crowd cheers. With your sunoculars in hand, you won’t miss a second of the eclipse. At exactly 10:19 a.m., the eclipse will be in totality. Look around and it feels and looks like nighttime. Animals react to the “night” sky as if it were midnight. You can see stars visible just behind the sun. And did you have a question about something? Get your curiosity answered immediately by our team of experts, present the entire time. Want a closer look at the eclipse? Use one of our telescopes, fitted with special solar lenses. You’ll want to look at this natural wonder from every angle possible.
After the eclipse, we’ll wind down with some special guest lectures. During all of this time, you’ll have access to all of the amenities that Eclipse Central has to offer – food, video, places to relax, and vendors. We’ll head home and conclude our trip with a farewell.
Tuesday, August 22
Time to return home. You’ll make your way back to Seattle, extend your stay in Central Oregon, or whatever other plan you’d like.

Who You Travel With Makes A Difference

When you travel with Pacific Science Center, you enjoy amazing, all-inclusive travel experiences and you support science education for our next generation of innovators. Your generous participation ignites curiosity and fuels exploration for more than one million children and adults each year.

Tour Details
  • Dates: August 19-22, 2017
  • Hotel: Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, Oregon
  • Viewing Site: Madras, Oregon
  • Cost per Traveler: $3000. A portion of this cost represents a tax-deductible donation to Pacific Science Center in the amount of $1500. Cost does not include airfare. Cost based on double-occupancy hotel room.

Cost includes: Accommodations at Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, OR from Saturday check-in on August 20 to Tuesday morning check-out on August 22. All meals as indicated; charter bus to Madras, OR; sunoculars; expert guides and scientists.

Not included: Air transportation; personal items; taxi transportation to/from the hotel.

RSVP Today!

This trip is limited to just 46 spots. or call (206) 443-2878 to RSVP.

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Wait List

This trip is limited to just 46 spots. Contact us to be added to our wait list.