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Oregon Coast Day Tour: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock

1. Oregon Coast Day Tour: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock

Marvel at Oregon's scenic grandeur as you enjoy dramatic views of its coastline which may include: Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park, Neahkahnie Point and Manzanita while enjoying spectacular views of the dramatic Oregon Coastline and of course the majestic Pacific Ocean. This escorted mini-bus tour, with stops at attractions, runs approximately 8 hours from pick-up to return. Neahkahnie Point: From this spot you look south past Nehalem Bay to Cape Meares and Cape Lookout nearly 30 miles away. With a huge expanse of ocean before you, this is one of the coast’s best whale watching locations. Short Sand Beach/Oswald West State Park: Stretching along four miles of coastline in dense, temperate rainforest, Oswald West State Park has a beautifully secluded sandy beach and miles of trails leading to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. This vast, scenic treasure is without a doubt one of the most spectacular parks in Oregon. Cannon Beach: This picturesque small-town village by the sea is easily walkable and you will be able to explore meandering pathways, enjoy public art and courtyards spilling over with flowers. Historic Haystack Rock is one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks, home to colorful tidepools and diverse bird life. It rises 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline. No visit to Cannon Beach would be complete without visiting Ecola State Park, perched dramatically on the edge of Tillamook Head. From Manzanita to Cannon Beach enjoy the dramatic beauty, fascinating history and diverse ecology featured on this Oregon coastal tour.

Portland: Cannon Beach, Trails, & Forests Oregon Coast Tour

2. Portland: Cannon Beach, Trails, & Forests Oregon Coast Tour

Spend the day exploring the Oregon coastline on a dynamic round-trip day tour with a local guide, snacks and drinks, and plenty of free time to explore. With over 300 miles of public coastline, Oregon’s beaches are sure to amaze with their dramatic offshore rock formations and beach towns.  Departing from downtown Portland, start heading west on the Sunset Highway, Oregon’s first automobile route through the Cascade Mountain Range. Leave the city behind and drive through rolling pastures and towering forests of Douglas firs. Drop down from Sunset Highway and meander through a lush Sitka spruce forest to find the first glimpse of the Oregon coastline through Ecola State Park. Momentarily leave the vehicle behind and explore this coastal oasis.  If time allows, travel to Indian Beach, a secluded pocket that hides away from much of the summertime crowd and a favorite spot for local beachcombers. The park connects with the Oregon Coast Trail, a 382-mile hiking trail that spans the entire length of the Oregon coastline. Make a quick jaunt to nearby Cannon Beach next, a piece of coastline punctuated by Haystack Rock claimed to be the third tallest intertidal structure in the world. Spot three adjacent rock formations to its south that are appropriately named the Needles.  Walk along the sandy beach, watch beautiful birds, and, if you’re lucky and the tide is out, view many species of marine wildlife in their natural tide pool habitat. Afterward, stop for lunch (at your own expense) in the town of Cannon Beach and enjoy some free time for about an hour. In the afternoon, head south on the famous Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Highway 101, exploring more beautiful coastal shores. Upon Neahkahnie Overlook, find stunning views along the highest driveable point along the Oregon Coast. Later, journey to Oswald West State Park. Time-dependent, take a short, forested hike following along Short Sand Creek to a driftwood stacked coastline known as Smugglers Cove. A variable from this stop would be a short visit to Hug Point. After finishing up at your last stop, make the trek back to Portland through Highway 26 and be back just in time for dinner.

Portland, Oregon: Soul of the City Walking Tour

3. Portland, Oregon: Soul of the City Walking Tour

Discover some of Portland's most influential architecture, from cast iron-fronted structures to the grandly disastrous post-modern Portland Building, on this walking tour. Discuss the modern rise of radical activists, and how it is connected to the city’s history going back more than a century. Meet your guide in the center of the city, at Director Park, only a block from the city's Cultural District. Walk through the South Park Blocks, visiting the plazas connected to museums and concert halls, including the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society. Explore how Portland got its nicknames and city layout, how its cultural identity was forged, and where its commitment to racial justice and social progressivism comes from. Be surprised as you find out how the state of Oregon was founded and why. Next, meet Portlandia, the image personifying the city. Learn how much of the city as you see it today has hippies to thank for its richness. End the tour at Pioneer Courthouse Square. On days when attractions are open, you can briefly enter 1 or 2 buildings. Along the way, discover what led to the prioritization of parks throughout the city center, how the city’s early urban planners decided on their layouts, how modern designers look at the past and plan for the future, and who the streets are named after.

Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

4. Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

Take a guided tour of Portland in a small group. Throughout the tour, you'll enjoy beautiful vistas as you drive the hills and bridges in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at Director Park, then give you background on the landmarks you pass. Learn the city's history as you wander the neighborhoods of central Portland. Stop at the International Rose Test Garden, where you'll have 20 minutes to walk among the 550 rose varieties. Then, you'll ascend even higher into the hills to Pittock Mansion, which provides the best view of Portland and 5 stratovolcanoes, in clear weather. As you navigate the city, take in views of the parks, gardens, bridges, and trees of this lush city.

Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

5. Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites including the International Rose Garden (May through mid-October), the World Forestry Museum mid-October through the end of April on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Oregon Society of Artists from mid-October through the end of April on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, and N. Mississippi. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer. Let the fragrance of roses embrace your senses with over 600 roses and be delighted with the beautiful Washington Park nature, featuring some of the most amazing city & mountain views around. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. At the World Forestry Museum you can explore forests around the world through two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. The Discovery Museum’s colorful and thoughtful exhibits include information about tree planting, wildlife, the benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. The Oregon Society of Artists promotes visual arts in the diverse communities of our region, with educational opportunities for artists at all levels of accomplishment. While here, we will visit the OSA Gallery which changes exhibits every month, learn about the amazing history of the OSA (which started in 1926), and view rarely seen works of art by master painters who are part of the amazing history of this important part of the Portland Community. You will be taken through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Portland’s Pearl District is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past. It is an urban renaissance with its own unique blend of artistry, productivity, and public parks like Tanner Springs Park. North Mississippi Avenue features a long stretch of vibrant shops like Paxton Gate, unique bars, music venues and restaurants (and is only a half-mile away from even more acclaimed eateries and bars on up-and-coming North Williams Avenue) and you will have time to walk around and explore this area.

Portland: Morning City Highlights Tour

6. Portland: Morning City Highlights Tour

More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites including the International Rose Garden (May through mid-October), the World Forestry Museum mid-October through the end of April on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Oregon Society of Artists from mid-October through the end of April on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, and N. Mississippi. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer. Let the fragrance of roses embrace your senses with over 600 roses and be delighted with the beautiful Washington Park nature, featuring some of the most amazing city & mountain views around. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. At the World Forestry Museum you can explore forests around the world through two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. The Discovery Museum’s colorful and thoughtful exhibits include information about tree planting, wildlife, the benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. The Oregon Society of Artists promotes visual arts in the diverse communities of our region, with educational opportunities for artists at all levels of accomplishment. While here, we will visit the OSA Gallery which changes exhibits every month, learn about the amazing history of the OSA (which started in 1926), and view rarely seen works of art by master painters who are part of the amazing history of this important part of the Portland Community. You will be taken through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Portland’s Pearl District is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past. North Mississippi Avenue features a long stretch of vibrant shops unique bars, music venues and restaurants and you will have time to walk around and explore this area. On Saturday visit the PSU Farmers Market is a world-class farmers market that contributes to the success of local food growers and producers, and creates a vibrant community gathering space. The PSU Farmers Market will only be visited on our Saturday Morning Portland City Tour and you will have time to walk around and explore the market.

Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 1 Day Ticket

7. Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 1 Day Ticket

Discover Portland’s many attractions at your own pace with a 1 or 2-day pass for the enchanting sightseeing trolley bus. Take a non-stop narrated tour in 85 minutes, or hop on and off at the attractions of your choice. Drive through Portland’s lively city center, and contrast it with the surrounding natural beauty, from Washington Park and the West Hills to Willamette River and Waterfront Park. Experience all that the "Rose City" has to offer at 13 carefully chosen stops. Jump off at Pioneer Square and discover Portland’s “Living Room.” Enjoy some retail therapy at the 23rd Avenue shopping district, or get a little culture at one of the city’s museums, such as the Portland Art Museum, or the Museum of Contemporary Craft. In addition, a portion of your ticket price goes to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Schedule of Stops: • Pioneer Square • South Park • Washington Park / Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden • Oregon Zoo / World Forestry Center • Hoyt Arboretum • 23rd Ave. Shopping District • Pearl District / NW 13th Ave. • Pearl District / Powell's Books • Chinese Garden/Oregon Convention Center via MAX • Old Town / Saturday - Weekend Market • Caruthers Park • Aerial Tram and Tilikum Crossing/OMS via MAX • Riverplace

Portland: Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt

8. Portland: Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt

Turn Portland into a giant game board on a smart phone operated scavenger hunt of the city, and discover the sights from a new perspective! The interactive hunt combines all the fun of the “Amazing Race” with a sightseeing tour of some of the city’s most historic areas. Let your smart phone guide you past well-known attractions and overlooked gems, solving clues and completing challenges as you go. Start on Pioneer Courthouse Square and continue to the Arts District. See Art Deco theaters and riverside panoramas as you pass sights such as the Portland Art Museum, statue of Portlandia, Ira Keller Fountain Park, and Powells Books, flagship store of the largest independent bookstore chain in the world! The route covers approximately 2.4 miles, and lets you experience Portland’s famous street cars along the way. You can start when you want, and determine your own pace of play. Stop for lunch, take in the sights, or grab a bite at Voodoo Donuts - “the magic is in the hole!” Tours are set at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, so this is the perfect city adventure for groups who want to get the best bang for their buck.

Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 2 Day Ticket

9. Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 2 Day Ticket

Portland is a city of contrasts, a lively city center surrounded by natural beauty, from Washington Park and the West Hills to the Willamette River and Waterfront Park. See all the many and varied attractions the 'Rose City' has to offer on board the sightseeing trolley tour. This expertly-narrated 85 minute tour is an excellent way to experience the city at your own pace with 13 carefully chosen stops where you can hop-off to spend time and re-board later. With service at every stop at 60 minute intervals you can spend the day exploring all the highlights of Portland. From Pioneer Square to Portland’s world famous Rose Gardens and from shopping districts to the arts and museums, it’s all available for you with the all-day pass. Or choose the optional two-day ticket if you are spending more time in Portland. In addition to being a great way to see Portland at your own pace, a portion of your ticket price goes to support the Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Enjoy a memorable experience for all ages as you see the city and choose the attractions you will most enjoy. Schedule of Stops: 1. Pioneer Square 2. South Park 3. Washington Park / Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden 4. Oregon Zoo / World Forestry Center 5. Hoyt Arboretum 6. 23rd Ave. Shopping District 7. Pearl District / NW 13th Ave. 8. Pearl District / Powell's Books 9. Chinese Garden/Oregon Convention Center via MAX 10. Old Town / Saturday - Weekend Market 11. Aerial Tram /Tilikum Crossing / OMSI and Rail Museum via MAX 12. Caruthers Park 13. Riverplace

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I am so glad I signed up to join this tour! It’s a great way to see and experience Portland, I have learned so much, and highly recommend this especially if you are traveling solo — great way to sightsee, have some company, and meet new people. Our tour guide, Damon, was the nicest and the best! 100% recommend.

I had a wonderful tour! Our guide did an excellent job of making the history of Portland come alive for me. It’s such a complex and interesting city. Although the weather did not cooperate, she was gracious enough to lead the tour for our group without hesitation.

The guide was good, very funny, and polite. Several times as a passenger made a comment or asked a question he pulled over and addressed the topic instead of hurrying a response to keep on moving.

Sam did a wonderful job pacing our trip so that we had plenty of time at each stop without feeling rushed. Lots of fun stories and helpful background of the area. Highly recommend this trip.

We had a great time. The tour guide was great and very knowledgeable about the area. The description of the tour was good. Best tour we took while in the Portland area.