Oregon Coast Adventure

Oregon Coast Adventure

Cannon Beach, Oregon

All-Inclusive | Private Tour | Available Daily | 8:00am – 6:00pm | May 15 – Oct 31

Nov 1 – May 14: $1000 for two, plus $100 per additional guest

May 15 – Oct 31: $1200 for two, plus $100 per additional guest

Cannon Beach, OregonIn 1967 the Oregon Beach Bill established the stunning sea stacks and windswept beaches of the Oregon coast as public land. The result was a shoreline protected from over-development and left with an endless string of state parks and small towns. On this day-long excursion you’ll explore the northern stretch of shore between Astoria and Cannon Beach as your guide leads you through an oceans-worth of American history, coastal culture, and pristine nature.

Your day starts in the bustling seaport of Astoria, where the Columbia River feeds into the Pacific, and Lewis & Clark and John Jacob Astor concluded their epic expeditions. Wander the town’s docks, wind up the Astoria Column, and walk through Fort Clatsop, before continuing south along beaches and bluffs to Cannon Beach. A quintessential beach town, the savory smell of chowder houses meets the briny ocean air on Cannon Beach’s picturesque streets. After strolling through the town, you’ll take to the beach for an interpretative nature walk to Haystack Rock with your naturalist guide.

Complete your day by walking through a maze of Sitka spruce in Ecola State Park. The forest opens to a secluded beach where you’ll cap off your tour with a glass of wine among the crashing waves.


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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Embark on a guided nature walk through the coastal rainforests of Ecola or Oswald West State Parks
  • Climb the stairs of the Astoria Column for amazing views of the Columbia River flowing into the Pacific (optional)
  • Walk the beach near the 235 ft. Haystack Rock on sandy Cannon Beach
  • Hear the raucous barking of the sea lions that pile onto Astoria’s piers
  • Relive Lewis & Clark’s historic journey at the Fort Clatsop National Monument
  • Browse the art galleries and surf shops of the quaint seaside town of Cannon Beach
  • Savor a fresh, family-style lunch (included in the price)
  • Watch for gray whales (in spring), cormorants, elk, puffins, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and marine life

ITINERARY

Based at the mouth of the great Columbia River, Astoria has served as a port of entry for over a century and remains the major trading center for the lower Columbia basin. The infamous Columbia bar, nicknamed “the graveyard of the Pacific” was the ultimate destination of two pivotal and epic expeditions in American history. In 1804 the Lewis and Clark “Corps of Discovery” set out to discover a northwest passage and chart lands previously known only to native peoples. Only a few years later in 1810, John Jacob Astor’s Pacific Fur Company sent the Astor Expedition on a perilous journey across the country to establish Fort Astoria as its primary fur-trading post in the Northwest, making Astoria the first permanent U.S. settlement on the Pacific coast! Nowadays Astoria’s many museums, bridges, lighthouses, historic forts and growing art scene are all major regional attractions.

Astoria

On our way into town we will visit the Astoria Column; a tower 125 feet (38 m) high built atop the hill above the town. The column’s circular staircase allows visitors to get a panoramic view of the town, the surrounding lands, and the massive Columbia River flowing into the Pacific. The Astor family built the column in 1926 to commemorate the region’s early history. While the optional climb to the top may leave your legs burning, the view is absolutely worth it!

Next we will visit the Fort Clatsop national monument. Here you can explore of a replica of the fort where in 1805–1806 the Lewis and Clark Expedition endured a torturous winter of rain and cold before heading east after two long years in a foreign land. During the 106 days the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop it rained all but 12 and only 6 days were sunny. As we follow in the footsteps of these great explorers, your guide will bring the landscape alive by telling the stories of brave men and women who paved the way for future pioneers.

Oregon Coast TourCannon Beach

Now we head south along the Pacific coast where amazing views abound and where both beaches and surrounding bluffs capture the verve, energy and power of the mighty Pacific surf breaking. Upon arriving in Cannon Beach we encounter the quintessential Oregon Coast experience: with sea-splitting headlands and miles of beaches, this town of 1,600 residents is a blend of incredible scenic beauty, wildlife, upscale inns, funky lodges, fine seafood restaurants, chowder houses, and art galleries galore. Founded in the 1890s but re-named in 1922 when locals came across a cannon that had washed ashore following the 1846 shipwreck of the U.S. Navy schooner Shark.

After a walk through town peeking into art galleries, surf shops and taffy stores, we head towards the beach. Here, in addition to the sea lions frolicking in the surf, your naturalist guide will bring the beach alive on an informative intertidal beach walk through this sensitive habitat and the point out all the little critters that call it home. The towering 235-foot-tall Haystack Rock is a great place to spot for cormorants, tufted puffins, and other shorebirds. Look further out to sea and you will see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, which has been clinging to its unlikely perch since 1880.

Ecola State Park

Before we begin the scenic drive back to Portland, we make a final stop at the secret Ecola State Park for coastal rain forest interpretive walk, panoramic views, and a short hike down to a small secluded beach where we will enjoy a glass of local Oregon wine. Keep an eye out for elk, peregrine falcons, bald eagles and other sea birds. If you are lucky and come in the spring we will have the chance to spot for gray whales as they cruise by on their way back up to Alaska!


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Would you like some wine with that?

Enhance this experience by making it an overnight Wild and Wine Adventure!  After your tour in Astoria and Cannon Beach, spend the night in the heart of Portland, and then explore Willamette Wine Country for an exclusive experience tasting some of the best wine of the region!

Full-day Oregon Coast Adventure

  • Activities | Hiking, nature walks, beach walks, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
  • Interests | Biodiversity, beaches, oceanography, wildlife, botany, natural & local history
  • Group Size | Any
  • Inclusions
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at your Portland Hotel or the Cruise Terminal
    • Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
    • Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
    • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
    • Seasonal Cascadian Safari lunch
    • Entry fees
    • Comprehensive naturalist commentary
  • Duration | 10.5 hours
  • All-Inclusive Rate | Starting from $1000 for 2 guests
  • Age | No age minimum (21+ for wine tasting)

Request a Private Tour

You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!


About Us:

Evergreen Escapes blends the best natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small-group day tours and private escapes from Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature.

FAQ:

1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?

  • We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine.  Comfortable walking shoes will allow you to explore further at some of our stops. It’s also always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera!  We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.

2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?

  • All of our scheduled departures are meant for beginners (easy to moderate). Therefore, we try to cater our tours to all ability and interest levels, which depends on the group that day. Your Escape artist will choose the difficulty of the physical activity based on the group’s interest and ability level. If you are interested in a different level, we can certainly put together a private itinerary specifically for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding specific questions!

3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?

  • Yes.  Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests, we can accommodate vegetarian diets and lactose intolerant diets. We can also accommodate gluten free diets when given enough notice.

4. What is your Cancellation Policy?

5. Should I get Travel Insurance?

  • We recommend that you do.  Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage.

6. Should I tip my guide?

  • We take great pride in delivering rich and memorable adventures for each and every client. Sometimes our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.

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