Northern Oregon Coast Tour
Click photo for view looking north to Tillamook Head
|Journey along Oregon?s breathtaking coastline stopping
for viewing wildlife, pristine beaches and rocky cliff headlands.
Learn about natural, Native American and regional history.
Options include beach or ancient forest walks, shopping, wine
tasting or cheese factory visits.
Full day $74.50. Group discounts available for 30+ guests.
The Northern Oregon Coast Tour is normally scheduled from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, but we're flexible! Because we travel in small groups, options may be available to adjust our itinerary according to your wishes as the day progresses. The following is a sample itinerary:
||Pick up at your hotel or residence. Travel
west from Portland through the picturesque farmland of the
Willamette Valley, where many types of fruits, hazelnuts and
flowers are grown. Pass through Oregon's premier vineyard
region, famous for its award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
and Pinot Gris wines.
||Leaving the Willamette Valley, we'll travel through the rain forests of the Coast Mountain Range. A quick stop is made for a coffee brake at Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum to view historical logging
equipment and a short exploration.
Click for view looking
south from Ecola State Park
||Arriving at the coast we'll stop at Ecola State
Park for world-class views of the of rocky cliffs, gorgeous
beaches, and enormous offshore volcanic rocks including the
famous "Haystack Rock." EcoTours carries 45-power
wildlife spotting scopes on all tours, in order to view wildlife
such as the harbor seals and pelagic birds which sun and nest
on these offshore wildlife refuges.
||Next, we'll stop at the artist's community
of Cannon Beach for lunch. You will be shown a variety of
popular restaurants in the small downtown area and be given
time for lunch on your own. After lunch, spend time browsing
in art galleries or take a short walk on the pristine seven-mile
strip of adjoining beach.
||Continuing south on Highway 101, we will stop
for more ocean views heading south and soon enter Oswald West
State Park. Sections of this park still have original "Old
Growth" trees which we can see on our way to the unbelievable
views of the Pacific from Neahkanie Mountain.
||Heading south we'll pass through the charming
fishing villages and lovely resort areas of Nehalem Bay, Wheeler,
Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi and Bay City.
||Arriving in Tillamook, you will have a choice
of either touring the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory and
sampling their delicious American-style cheeses and creamy
ice cream, or stopping at the Blue Heron Cheese Factory for
samples of French-style Brie and Camembert cheese and wine
||We'll complete the tour loop by crossing through
the Coast Range along the gorgeous Wilson River before entering
the Willamette Valley and back into Portland.
||Arrive back at your hotel or residence.
|If notified in advance, tour options include:
||Ancient Forest Walk option, featuring a naturalist-guided "Old Growth" walk into Oswald West State Park to view ancient Sitka Spruce forests. You will learn about Pacific Northwest forest ecology and see these beautiful standing giants which are hundreds of years old.
||Northern Oregon Coast Historical Tour,
featuring Cannon Beach and then north to Astoria, Oregon, at the four-mile wide mouth of the Columbia River. EcoTours guides know about the fascinating history of this area, as well as some of the local great viewpoints and historical sites.
Options on this history-oriented tour include: Fort Clatsop featuring Lewis and Clark history, Fort Stephens featuring beautiful beaches and ship wrecks, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, and the Astoria Column featuring terrific views of the Columbia River, N.W. Oregon and S.W. Washington State.
The cost of this day tour is $74.50 per person,
which includes door-to-door transportation and the interpretive
naturalist services of your ecotour guide. Group discounts available for 30+ guests.