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Oregon's Coast, Carousels and Covered Bridges

Overview

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

Details

  • 2 nights Astoria, 2 nights Newport (4 nights on the water), overnight Eugene
  • Lewis & Clark history, including stops at Cape Disappointment and Fort Clatsop, their two “mid-journey” coastal homes
  • Long Beach, WA – America’s longest beach and kite capital, hosted lunch at the Cranberry Research Foundation
  • Ride carousels in Seaside and Albany, learn how the horses are made
  • Tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory, visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse
  • Marine Discovery Cruise on Newport Bay, one of the best educational cruises in the country
  • Admission to The Oregon Aquarium
  • Roundrip air to Portland

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Daily Itinerary

SunsetDay 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. Pick up something for lunch and for snacking along the way as you travel along the Columbia River to the Pacific Coast. Your home for two nights is the city named for John Jacob Astor, Astoria. A stop at the small Hanthorn Cannery Museum acquaints you with some of the industry of the town. This was a hardscrabble fishing port, home of the first U.S. Post Office west of the Rockies. Stop at the Astoria Column before check in. Best Western Astoria – 2 nights (D)

OregonDay 2

Over 200 years ago, the Lewis & 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 seaborn 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. In nearly Long Beach, learn a little about cranberries, oysters and kites! Lunch has a cranberry theme at the Cranberry Research Foundation. (B,L)

YaquinaDay 3

Journey south to Fort Clatsop, a woodsy inlet with a reproduction of Lewis & Clark’s infamous winter residence back in 1805. Continue down to Seaside for lunch at a local pub; then ride the carousel or spend some time browsing the little shops. Ice cream is always a bit hit in Seaside. Afternoon stops provide more “foodie fun” with time at the Blue Heron or maybe the Tillamook Smoke Shop for some jerky. Your hotel, 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)

Light HouseDay 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. Dinner 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)

Toy HorseDay 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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$ 2215
p.p./dbl.occ.
$ 2520
single

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