The Great American Eclipse, Oregon 2017

President's Circle Travel Program


Chase America's first total solar eclipse of the century with Mike Brown, and delve into the unique geology of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood with Paul Asimow 

August 20-24, 2017

Join renowned scientists and colleagues Paul Asimow and Mike Brown from August 20-24, 2017, to experience first-hand what is being billed as the biggest and best solar eclipse in American history. It will be the first total eclipse of the sun, visible only in the USA, since the founding of this country in 1776. Travelers will also enjoy learning about Oregon's rich geography and its diverse collection of ecosystems including high snowy mountain peaks, volcanic craters, rainforests, and fertile valleys. 

We will begin the trip in Bend, Oregon, where the peaks of the Cascade Range puncture the western skyline, and the largest juniper forest in the American West encroaches on the town from three sides. The morning of the eclipse we will get an early start to drive into the "path of totality" where we will witness the amazing solar phenomenon from the Black Butte Ranch. We then travel by coach with stops at such stunning sights as Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, and Multnomah Falls, concluding our Oregonian journey in Portland to experience unique opportunities and cuisines within this vibrant and quirky metropolis. 

Please view our trip brochure for the full itinerary, reservation guidelines, and detailed pricing.

We hope you can join us for this very special opportunity. Please do not hesitate to contact Megan Schmid at or (626) 395-4644 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Faculty Leaders

Paul Asimow investigates the melting and crystallization of rocks and the influence of magmatic
processes on the interiors of terrestrial planets, mostly Earth. His research combines thermodynamic
and quantum modeling, experimental investigation by static and shockwave techniques, and analysis
of rocks from the world's oceans. Asimow joined the Caltech faculty in 1999
and is the Eleanor and John R. McMillan Professor of Geology and Geochemistry. 
Mike Brown specializes in the discovery and study of bodies at the edge of the solar system.
His scientific accomplishments include the recent once-in-a-century prediction of a new planet
in our solar system, called Planet Nine, and the detection of Eris, the most massive object found
in the solar system in 150 years—a breakthrough that eventually led to the demotion of Pluto
to a dwarf planet. Brown has been on the Caltech faculty since 1996 and is currently the
Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor and professor of planetary astronomy. 



  • Due to immense interest in this trip and a very restricted guest list capacity, we must limit the registration to two participants per membership, with an age limit of 16 years old and above. 
  • The complicated nature of this trip necessitates full trip payment and guest participation for the entire five-day excursion. We apologize that we are not able to accommodate members only interested in the eclipse experience. Although planned, the location for eclipse viewing may change at the last minute, per our faculty leaders, due to cloud cover and other potential variables.
  • The RSVP deadline is September 14, 2016. Your $1,000 trip deposit ($1,375 for single travelers) will be collected upon confirmation of your registration. Remaining trip balance will be due April 20, 2017.

Flights into Bend/Redmond (RDM) airport will be in high demand around the timing of the eclipse, so we strongly recommend booking your flight as soon as they go on sale on September 23, 2016. Email reminders with this flight information will be sent in advance to those who are registered for the trip.