Oregon Coast Tour
Friday, August 23
Saturday, August 24
Sunday, August 25
Monday, August 26
Tuesday, August 27
Wednesday, August 28
Thursday, August 29
Friday, August 30
Director Park 815 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
With over 300 miles of public coastline, Oregon’s beaches are sure to amaze with their dramatic offshore rock formations and reborn beach towns. This tour will travel along one of the most picturesque driving routes in the country, U.S. Highway 101. You will spend the day exploring breathtaking beaches, viewing stunning coastline vistas and tasting fresh local seafood.
This is a full day tour, typically offered from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always Wildwood's goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.
The tour will depart downtown Portland and head west on the Sunset Highway, Oregon’s first automobile route through the Cascade Mountain Range. On the drive to the coast, you’ll leave the city behind and drive through rolling pastures and towering forests of Douglas Firs.
As you drop down from Sunset Highway, you will meander through a lush Sitka spruce forest to find your first glimpse of the Oregon Coastline through 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, you 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 beachcombers.
Leaving the park, you 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. 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. Three smaller adjacent rock formations to its south are appropriately named The Needles. Here you’ll explore the beach, watch beautiful birds circle the rock (Tufted Puffins, Pelagic Cormorants and Western Gulls if the season is right) and if you’re lucky and the tide is out, you’ll view many species of marine wildlife in their natural tide pool habitat.
The town of Cannon Beach will be the backdrop of your 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 the trek, you’ll head south on the famous Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Highway 101, exploring more beautiful coastal shores. Upon Neahkahnie Overlook, you’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.
You’ll drive down the mountain to the little seaside town of Manzanita, population 600, and pause briefly to view the bay and charming coastal shops. Here, your journey will take you back north along Highway 101 to Oswald West State Park, aptly named after the Oregon Governor Oswald West. Governor West is credited with ensuring the vast Oregon coastline would remain open for public use. Time dependent, you 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, you may be able to pop around the point to view a small coastal waterfall. Finishing up at this last stop, you will make the trek back to Portland through Highway 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. For information regarding mobility concerns, please call Wildwood's office at 503.396.3929 to discuss options and alternatives.