Discover the beauty of the Oregon Coast during this 7.5-hour small-group trip from Portland. Visit famous Haystack Rock, stop in small beach towns and look out for whales as you drive up and down the scenic coastline. Taste fresh local seafood, wander wind-swept beaches and admire the many lighthouses along the way. This is a small group tour to ensure a personal experience.
Your full-day Oregon coast journey starts heading west out of downtown Portland on the Sunset Highway over the Coastal Mountain Range towards the ocean. Stop at world-famous Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach, so called because of it's shape. At 235-feet high, it's the third tallest intertidal structure in the world, formed by lava flows over 15 million years ago.
After exploring the beach and hopefully spotting a variety of sea birds and tide pool wildlife, head south on Highway 101 (also known as the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway), stopping at beautiful beaches along the way. Upon arriving at the Neahkahnie Overlook, keep a look out for gray whales while gazing out into Tillamook Bay. An estimated 18,000 whales pass along the coast each year, traveling south from mid-December through January and back north from late March through June. Rumor has it Spanish treasure is also buried here, at the foot of Neahkahnie Mountain.
Continue south to the small town of Manzanita, to perfect place to enjoy lunch in a small cafe, wander 7-mile beach, shop for treasures on Laneda Avenue or just relax with a cup of coffee. From here the tour will continue south, stopping at scenic places along the way and potentially at the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. Take a self-guided tour to learn about the cheese-making process, sample some of the company's award-winning cheese and buy some homemade ice cream. From here the tour will turn north and head back towards Portland, heading along the Wilson River in the Tillamook State Forest. Arrive back in Portland in the early evening.