Explore Oregon’s rocky northern coastline on this scenic full-day trip from Portland. Travel the picturesque US Hwy 101 through quaint beach towns, stopping in Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, and Oswald West State Park. Spend a luxurious day enjoying panoramic coastal views, geological wonders, and wind-swept beaches.
Your luxury mini-coach departs bright and early from downtown Portland.
Your first stop is at Ecola State Park, where you can take in stunning views of the Oregon coastline.
Next up is Cannon Beach. Upon arrival, head to Haystack rock, an enormous monolith that earned fame in the film The Goonies. Walk all the way to Haystack’s base (if the tide is out), explore tide pools and glimpse scurrying sea creatures. Enjoy lunch (own expense) in the town of Cannon Beach at your preferred local eatery.
After lunch, reboard your mini-coach for a southbound tour along the famous coastal US Highway 101. Along the way, explore the unique beauty of the Oregon coast and stop at beautiful beaches along the way. Stop at breathtaking scenic overlooks, admire the Pacific Ocean as it crashes along the cliffs, and visit other small towns that dot the coastline. Upon arriving at the Neahkahnie Overlook, keep a look out for gray whales while gazing out into Tillamook Bay.
Afterward, one of your last stops is at Oswald West State Park.
Your tour concludes back at the starting point, in downtown Portland.
Our central meeting location and pick up point! A beautiful, urban park in the middle of Downtown Portland.
After the morning drive along the Sunset Highway, Oregon's first automobile route through the Cascade Mountain Range, we'll meander through a lush Sitka spruce forest to Ecola State Park. We’ll momentarily leave the vehicle behind and explore this coastal oasis. If time allows, we may also travel back through the forest to Indian beach. This secluded pocket hides away from much of the summertime crowd and is a favorite spot for local beach combers.
After leaving the Ecola State Park, we will be sure to visit Haystack Rock, a sea stack just off the shore of Cannon Beach made famous by its resemblance to its namesake. Claimed to be the third tallest “intertidal” structure in the world, it is a huge basalt rock that was formed by lava flows over 15 million years ago! Here we’ll walk along the sandy beach, watch beautiful birds circle the rock, and if we’re lucky and the tide is out, we’ll view many species of marine wildlife in their natural tide pool habitat.
The town of Cannon Beach will be the backdrop of our lunch stop for the day. Guests will disperse for free time and are able to take their pick of several small-town eateries, each boasting their own eclectic menus.
We'll journey to Oswald West State Park, aptly named after the Oregon Governor Oswald West. Governor West is credited with ensuring our vast Oregon coastline would remain open for public use. Our stop in the state park will be tide and group dependent. We may opt to take a short, forested hike following along Short Sand Creek which opens to a driftwood stacked coastline known as Smugglers Cove. A variable from this stop may be a short visit to Hug Point if the tides are low. Here, we are typically able to walk around the point to view a small coastal waterfall!
My husband and I had a great time on this tour. Our tour guide, Megan, was an absolute delight. She had so much info to share about Oregon, and it was nice to be around someone who loves what they do and loves their state. The weather was rainy/cloudy off and on for most of our day, but it was still a beautiful time. Plus, on Megan's suggestion, our group took an extended walk through a forest out to the beach and the weather cleared, the skies turned blue, and it was just gorgeous. This tour is perfect for people who are in Portland for a few days but don't want to rent a car but *do* want to see more of Oregon. Great mix of being in the car whist the tour guide provides info about the area and getting out at stops and spending time there. So happy we booked this!
Meagan was our guide on this trip and we had a great time. She was knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. That is hard to do for a whole day but she did it with aplomb. I highly recommend you take this tour with Meagan. You WILL enjoy it.
Mike and Geneva from Boise.
We weren't aware just how stunning and dramatic the coast was going to be! AND we saw a herd of Elk-about 12 including 2 young Elk, 1 male Elk and the rest were female Elk(s?). They were standing alongside the road,wow! If you get a chance, it's really worth your time!
The weather was cool and rainy, but we still had a terrific day. Will, our guide, was energetic and engaging - sharing interesting information about Portland, the Willamette Valley and the forests we passed through on the way to the coast. The trip was well-planned and I enjoyed all the stops - we had plenty of opportunities to walk and enjoy the sites and to take pictures. Later, when the sun peeked out briefly Will made a couple extra stops so that we could take pictures of the beautiful scenery in the sunshine. A great day, all around!
Will kept things interesting by providing great information about Portland, the Willamette Valley and the forests on the way to the Coast - he is very knowledgeable and has an engaging and pleasant personality. Although it rained most of the day we still enjoyed all the sites we visited and did see a variety of forest and coastal areas. We did a couple bonus stops for photo ops, especially when the sun peeked out for a few minutes. Just a delightful day - I highly recommend Wildwood Tours, and want to thank Will for being such a thoughtful and interesting guide!
HIGHLY recommend this tour :) Megan was amazing. Although the weather wasn't the best, we still had a blast. She was knowledgeable and kept us engaged throughout the drive and we had ample time for exploring. She provided us with umbrellas, snacks, drinks and bathroom breaks between the gorgeous destinations. I would definitely recommend this tour :)