Full Day Tour
Complimentary Refreshments and Snacks
With over 300 miles of public coastline, Oregon's beaches are sure to amaze with their numerous lighthouses, reborn beach towns and dramatic offshore rock formations. This tour will travel along one of the most picturesque driving routes in the country, US HWY 101. We will spend the day exploring breathtaking beaches, viewing stunning coastline vistas, and tasting fresh local seafood.
Please note, this public tour is available only April 1 through October 31 due to weather restrictions.
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This is a full day tour, typically offered from 9AM - 4:30PM. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always our goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.
The pick-up and drop-off location will be in Director Park in downtown Portland. This location is easily accessible via the public transit system (MAX line, street car and bus) and is also within walking distance of most downtown hotels. If you are arriving by car, there are convenient public parking garages nearby.
We offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off from over 20 downtown hotels. Please select your hotel from the drop down list when making your reservation and we will contact you the day before the tour to confirm pick up timing. To see a full list of the downtown hotels where we offer complimentary pick up, please visit our About page.
We will depart downtown Portland and head west on the Sunset Highway! On our drive to the coast we'll leave the city behind and drive through beautiful rolling pastures and over the Coast Mountain Range, through towering forests of Douglas-Firs. As we near the Pacific Ocean, our first peek of the beach will be of the famous Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach. This 235 foot sea stack, claimed to be the third tallest "intertidal" structure in the world, is a huge basalt rock that was formed by lava flows over 15 million years ago! Its name comes from its shape, which from afar resembles a haystack, and the three smaller adjacent rock formations to its south are appropriately named the Needles. We'll head straight there and make that our first stop for the day. Here we'll explore the beach, watch beautiful birds circle the rock (Tufted Puffins, Pelagic Cormorants and Western Gulls if the season is right!) and also if we're lucky and the tide is out, we'll view many species of marine wildlife in their natural tide pool habitat.
From here, we'll head south on the famous Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, highway 101, exploring more beautiful beaches, and then we'll head to Neahkahnie Overlook, where we'll find stunning coastal views reaching all the way to Tillamook Bay! Here we'll bring out our binoculars and study the water to hopefully spot a gray whale spout or two! 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 18,000 gray whales pass close to the coast! It's also said that there is Spanish treasure that's buried at the foot on Neahkahnie Mountain, so let's also look for gold glistening in the sun while we're at it.
We'll drive down the mountain to the little seaside town of Manzanita, population 600, where we'll pause for about an hour. You'll have a chance to enjoy lunch at a local cafe, explore the 7 mile beach, grab a cup of coffee, or poke into the quaint boutiques on Laneda Avenue. Then we'll continue our southbound journey along the coast, driving past wildlife rich estuaries, sweeping bays and more scenic seaside villages. If we're in the mood for a little silly fun, we can stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory! Here we can take a self-guided tour to learn about the cheese making process, sample cheese that routinely wins awards from the American Cheese Society, and buy an ice cream cone of some delicious Tillamook ice cream! On our drive back to Portland we'll follow the beautiful Wilson River through the Tillamook State Forest, again crossing the Oregon Coast Mountain Range. We'll have you back in downtown just in time for dinner!
What about lunch? Is it included? Lunch is not included in the tour price. We will pause for about an hour in the coastal town of Manzanita, where you will have a chance to enjoy lunch at a local cafe, explore the 7 mile beach, grab a cup of coffee, or poke into the quaint boutiques on Laneda Avenue. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the tour.
What should I wear? The coast can be windy at times. Oregon's weather, although very temperate, can sometimes be unpredictable. Bringing along a rain jacket and wearing multiple layers is typically the best option for almost anywhere in Oregon. Umbrellas will be available on the tour. Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are highly recommended.
What kind of vehicle will we be traveling in? We will be exploring in a large van. This luxury vehicle comes with an extra tall roof so that everyone feels comfortable and not cramped. There are oversized windows to allow for the best visibility for our guests!
How many fellow travelers should I expect on my tour? We generally prefer to limit our group size to 12 travelers to ensure that everyone is comfortable and relaxed. Throughout the high travel season, one can expect tour group sizes to be around 6 to 12 people. During the rest of the year, group sizes can typically range from 2 to 8.
We will be driving for a while, what are the bathroom options? We have tried to outline the driving times in the Itineraries tab. Bathroom options will be available at all of the planned stops. Let's plan to use the breaks to take care of any bathroom needs, but no worries, if the need arises, we can find a convenient place to stop.
What if I've made a reservation, but can't make it? Is a refund available? Please read the full Terms and Conditions here.