Private Day Tour: Oregon Coast

Private Day Tour: Oregon Coast & Cannon Beach

Of course the Pacific states are known for beautiful coastlinesOregon’s may be the most spectacular.

In 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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TIMING

8:00 am to 6:00 pm
We visit the Coast Year-Round.
Timing is somewhat flexible on private trips.

GROUP SIZE

Our private tours accommodate a maximum of twelve travelers.
We’ll use a Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!

PRICE

See our pricing breakdown below. Fixed costs are high–our trips become much cheaper with more travelers!

INCLUSIONS

We have the best guides in the Pacific Northwest.  They’ll bring plenty of food and drink, pay all entrance fees, and bring any gear you might need.

Embark on a guided nature walk through the costal 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.
Hear the raucous barking of the sea lions that pile onto Astoria’s piers

Walk the beach near the 235 ft. Haystack Rock on sandy Cannon Beach.
Watch for gray whales (in spring), cormorants, elk, puffins, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and marine life.

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).

The infamous Columbia bar, nicknamed “the graveyard of the Pacific”

…was the ultimate destination of two pivotal and epic expeditions in American history. 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.

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.

On our way into Astoria 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.

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.

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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Private Oregon Coast Tour Pricing

1 Traveler

$1000

$1000 total.

2 travelers

$600

$1200 total.

3 travelers

$433

$1300 total.

4 travelers

$350

$1400 total.

5 travelers

$300

$1500 total.

6 travelers

$263

$1575 total.

7 travelers

$232

$1650 total.

8 travelers

$216

$1725 total.

9 travelers

$200

$1800 total.

10 travelers

$188

$1875 total.

11 travelers

$177

$1950 total.

12 travelers

$169

$2025 total.

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Traveler Testimonials

Here is what travelers are saying about our trips right now:

We highly recommend this 12 hour tour! Pleasant ride, plenty of beverages and snacks, and a series of stops to make the trek from Seattle more comfortable. One stop at a wildlife refuge and another at an old growth forest added more interest to the tour. We pulled over at a few places to take in the view and snap photos. In the National Monument, our guide Marissa laid out a wonderful lunch consisting of wine, soft drinks, grilled chicken breasts and several salads (kale, chick pea, and some sort of grain). The Johnston Visitor Center was certainly a highlight of the tour supplying us with a great video, a hike, and clear views of Mount St. Helens. On the way back we saw Mount Rainier and stopped for a brief walk across the Skyway in Tacoma. A GREAT tour!

John H.

Viator Reviews, August 2018

Day tour to Mt. St Helens was a great experience. Everything was well planned and prepared for. The tour van was a large Mercedes sprinter van that was very comfortable. Lunch was solid. The tour itself was very well planned with nice stops along the way to the volcano. The tour guide did a great job keeping everyone engaged by providing good information and fun facts…stuff that you don’t get if you go solo without a guide.
This tour was unique in the sense that there is more to the visit than just a visit to a national park/ monument. In this case there was a major event in the not-too-distant past that drastically altered the entire community and landscape. Was very cool to see the contrast between the immediate area around St Helens and the unaffected area leading up to it. Such a unique experience all the way around. I highly recommend it.

Brijesh P.

TripAdvisor, July 2018

Great experience for the money. They may be on the higher end of pricing for tour companies but they offer a high-touch and all-inclusive product along with some of the best guides in the business. Definitely a 5-star business!

Kieron W.

Google Reviews, February, 2018

Mt St. Helen’s day tour was awesome. I went in not knowing what to expect and not knowing much of anything about Mt. St. Helen’s…booked the trip as I had a day to kill. This tour was fantastic. Comfy bus, awesome tour guide, good lunch and great scenery, nice group. Got a good workout too!!

Billie Joe M.

TripAdvisor, July 2018