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California's Redwoods and the Oregon Coast


Featuring rides on Oregon's Rogue River and coastal sand dunes


  • Depart from Sacramento by motorcoach, return by air (independent train return also available)
  • Drive through "The avenue of the Giants" near Eureka
  • Redwood National Park - more of the majestic giant trees
  • Overnight Garberville (Best Western Plus), Gold Beach (Jot's Resort), 2 nights Coos Bay (The Mill), 2 nights Newport (Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites)
  • Scenic drive along the Oregon Coast
  • Ride the Rogue River Mail Boat
  • Flavorful local stops - Misty Meadows Jams, Cranberry Sweets
  • Washed Ashore - Saving the ocean one piece of junk at a time
  • Shores Acres State Park - Awesome ocean views
  • Ride the sand dunes in a giant dune buggy...or take a more adventurous ride in a smaller buggy
  • Cocktail cruise on Newport Harbor
  • A verry berry experience - learn how the marionberry was created, have a milkshake, perhaps even pick your own
  • 13 meals; 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Door-to-door service
  • 2700/3150 Gold Passport Points


Daily Itinerary

Day 1.

This morning our cars deliver you to the Sports Leisure office for departure on our coach headed north.  Travel through the Napa Valley, with a stop for lunch in Ukiah. Continue up Highway 101 into Redwood Country where you'll enjoy a delightful dining experience at the historic Benbow Inn, a Highway 101 landmark for nearly 100 years. Best Western Plus Humboldt House (L, D)

Day 2.

Just north of Garberville is Humboldt Redwoods State Park, home of "The Avenue of the Giants." The 31-mile scenic highway has been called the finest forest drive in the world. A guide will join us to narrate our visit and we'll make stops along the way. Pause for lunch in Eureka, then more spectacular trees await us at Redwood National Park. You may remember it was Lady Bird Johnson who lobbied her husband to protect the trees, resulting in the creation of the national park in 1968. Stop at the Visitors Center to learn more about the redwoods. Why do they only grow in very limited areas? Why do they grow so tall? Cross the border into Oregon in late afternoon. Our final destination is the small coastal town in Gold Beach. Jot's Resort (B, L)

Day 3.

Since 1895 mail has been delivered up the Rogue River by boat. Now there are roads to most communities, but back then the only way to get the mail was on the river. Today, you'll board one of those mails boats and head up river. Your scenic trip will be narrated and there's a stop for lunch at Cougar Lane Lodge before you return to Gold Beach. It's a 90-minute drive up the coast to Coos Bay. Our hotel also offers gaming. The Mill - 2 nights (B, L)

Day 4

Spend the day exploring some wonderful off-the-beaten-track attractions in and around Bandon, just to the south. Like to shop? Cranberry Sweets and Misty Meadows will offer you lots of Oregon- made treats. Jams, jellies, candy - there are all sorts of yummies to choose from. At Washed Ashore you'll hear the story of a small company that is trying to help clean up the ocean, one piece of trash at a time. What an inspiring story. Back in Coos Bay, a salmon bake has been arranged in your honor (alternate entree available). (FB, D)

Day 5

Learn about Coos Bay, its people and its industry, on a short tour. Shore Acres State Park is the highlight.  There's a story here and a great view. Please enjoy both. Near Florence (our lunch stop), hop in a giant dune buggy for a fun but fairly tame ride over the sand ( a smaller, more adventurous ride is also offered if you wish). Florence is a quaint coastal village with lots of places for lunch and a great ice cream shop. Another hour up the coast is Newport, our home for the night, where all rooms enjoy a full ocean view. There's salmon chowder for those wishing a simple meal or a dinner shuttle to the harbor for those wanting more choices. Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites - 2 nights (FB)

Day 6

The Oregon Aquarium offers a great experience to "meet" some of the local marine wildlife, but we have a better idea. It's the "behind-the -scenes" tour, where you'll get up close and personal with the critters. There is time for lunch and browsing on the waterfront, then a free afternoon to enjoy the view and/or walk on the beach. A cocktail cruise on the bay is followed by dinner at Clearwater, the best Newport has to offer. (B, D)

Day 7

One more shot of ocean scenery as we head north past Otter Rock, then leave the coast to head inland. Our destination is the tiny hamlet of Scholls Ferry, home to Smith's Berry Barn. We'll sample some berries (maybe even the famed marionberry) and have milkshakes for dessert! Yum is the only word that fits...Our return flight departs in early evening. (B, L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Saturday, June 24, 2023 to Friday, June 30, 2023

7 Days, 13 Meals

6 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners


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