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We will depart downtown Portland and head west on the Sunset Highway, Oregon’s first automobile route through the Cascade Mountain Range! On our drive to the coast we’ll leave the city behind and drive through rolling pastures and towering forests of Douglas-Firs.
As we drop down from Sunset Highway, we will meander through a lush Sitka spruce forest to find our first glimpse of the Oregon Coastline at Ecola State Park. Nestled between Seaside and Cannon Beach, the area was once traversed by William Clark himself along with 12 members of his team in search of a beached whale. 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.
Leaving the park, we will make a quick jaunt to nearby Cannon Beach, punctuated spectacularly by Haystack Rock, a sea stack just off the shore made famous by its resemblance to its namesake. Here we’ll explore the 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 are able to take their pick of several small-town eateries, each boasting their own eclectic menus. On a sunny day, guests may opt to take lunch to go and enjoy it on a city bench facing the waves!
Moving further along our trek, we’ll head south on the famous Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, highway 101, exploring more beautiful coastal shores. Upon Neahkahnie Overlook, we’ll find stunning views along the highest drivable point along the Oregon Coast! Whale watching is a year-round activity on the Oregon Coast, with best times from mid-December to January (southern migration) and late March to June (northern migration), when upwards of 18,000 gray whales pass close to the coast.
We’ll drive down the mountain to the little seaside town of Manzanita, population 600, where we’ll pause briefly to view the bay and charming coastal shops. Here, our journey will take us back north along Hwy 101 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. Time dependent, we can 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 would be a short visit to Hug Point. At low tide, we may be able to pop around the point to view a small coastal waterfall! Finishing up at this last stop, we will make the trek back to Portland through Hwy 26 to have you back in downtown just in time for dinner.
**Please note: This tour includes several short hikes (.25-.5 miles), loose sand, and/or steps to beach access points.
This was a very informative tour. Russ was a great guide with a lot of knowledge about the Oregon coast and Oregon history. I highly recommend the Oregon coast tour!
This tour was absolutely AMAZING! Our guide, Parker, was awesome! He was SO knowledgeable about all of Oregon, and even gave us a great dinner recommendation for our last night in Portland. Cannon Beach was beautiful. The entire Oregon Coast is a must see. If you can request a tour guide beforehand, ask for Parker!
The weather was crazy rainy the whole week I went, but regardless, the tour ran, so I definitely wasn't going to back down from the experience. I went with Tyler on this trip, and he helped to keep us all entertained and informed the whole time. He was determined not to let weather ruin anything, so we went to all of the places, still got to see the sites, walked on the beach, and he handed out umbrellas for anyone needing them. Everyone agreed that despite weather conditions tour company is not mother nature, it was still a great tour.
Ross was a great guide! Scenery is gorgeous!
Saw some beautiful sites. Tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. Weather was a little cool along the coast. Visited Cannon Beach, then Manzanita where we stopped for lunch at San Dune Pub, great fish taco's, stopped along the coastline for pictures and ended up at Tillamook where we indulged in some cheese and ice cream. Nice education center on cheese making and a fun gift shop.
Beautiful trip! The tour guide was funny and made the tour so much fun. The trip was well worth the money!!
The tour was wonderful, the guide was named RossI believe and he was very informative about the biology of Tinamook Forest and the volcanoes at Cannon beach. He did a wonderful job and interacted with everyone. He mentioned that he was an anthropology major at OSU and he had the true qualities of an anthropologist. In addition he was punctual and made great restaurant suggestions.Laura
Informative and very comfortable!
This tour was amazing! The guide was very knowledgeable and even shared one of his favorite hidden beaches. Very good deal and a must while visiting Portland!
This tour was amazing!
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