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Oregon's Coast, Carousels and Covered Bridges


Walk in the steps of Lewis & Clark, enjoy the spectacular coast, dine on a covered bridge.


  • 2 nights Astoria, 2 nights Newport (4 nights on the water), overnight Eugene
  • Lewis and Clark history, including stops at Cape Disappointment and Fort Clatsop, their two “mid-journey” coastal homes
  • Ride carousels in Seaside and Albany, learn how the horses are made
  • Visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse, do a little shopping at Blue Heron Cheese
  • Marine Discovery Cruise on Newport Bay, the best educational cruise in the country
  • Admission to The Oregon Aquarium



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

An early morning flight will have you in Portland in time to pick up some fresh berries and other treats at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market. Travel along the Columbia River, heading to the Pacific Coast. Your home for two nights is the city named for John Jacob Astor, Astoria. This was a hard-scrabble fishing port, home of the first U.S. Post Office west of the Rockies. The Columbia River Maritime Museum aquaints you with the human and natural history of the region. Stop at the Astoria Column before checking in. Best Western Astoria – 2 nights (D)

Day 2

Over 200 years ago, the Lewis and Clark Party were among the first to map and explore this area. They came down the Columbia River to the coast on the Washington side, to a spot named by a sea-born explorer only 15 years prior. Unable to find the mouth of the Columbia, he named it Cape Disappointment. When Lewis and Clark arrived, they quickly decided to camp on the other side of the river, further south. Their second stop was named Fort Clatsop. Today, visit both landmarks, as you relive that time over 200 years ago. (B,L) 

Day 3

Meander down the coastline to Seaside for a ride on the carousel. Enjoy lunch at Mo’s at Cannon Beach (Mo’s is a popular chain of chowder houses down the coast). Afternoon stops provide more “foodie fun” with time at the Blue Heron gift shop or maybe the Tillamook Smoke Shop for some jerky. Your hotel, one of Sports Leisure’s favorite destinations, is located on the bluffs in Newport, will greet you with a salad and chowder buffet for a light dinner. Elizabeth Street Inn – 2 nights (B,L,D)

Day 4

No trip to the coast is complete without a visit to a lighthouse, and Yaquina Head, north of Newport, is the perfect stop! Later, experience the life of the sea with a 2-hour cruise on the Discovery and a visit to the Oregon Aquarium. It is a full but balanced day so that you can enjoy the beautiful town of Newport and your lovely room at the inn. The afternoon lighthouse and Nye Beach shopping stops are optional. Fine dining on the waterfront tonight. (B,D)

Day 5

From Newport, drive inland to Eugene this morning. Lane County is home to 20 covered bridges. Your tour includes stops for photos and lunch is served al fresco on one of them! Hilton Eugene (B,L)

Day 6

For the past few years, we have been making an occasional stop in Albany to visit a museum workshop where carousel horses are created. Now, the carousel itself is open for all to enjoy. Remembering the headline in the tour name, we will of course stop for a ride and a museum visit. Time permitting, we’ll visit a local fruit stand for some edible souvenirs on our way to the airport. (FB,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


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