7 Day 6 Night Itinerary

Magnificent Oregon – Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Vistas

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Staged at the end of the Oregon Trail and strategically crafted around the magnificent peaks of the Ring of Fire, this adventure transports travelers back in time to when Lewis and Clark navigated the majestic Columbia River Gorge to the Pacific. Visiting basalt monolith rocks, towering waterfalls and awe-inspiring mountains, we’ll traverse diverse terrains and explore Astoria Oregon, the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi.  The charm of Seaside and Cannon Beach and a float down the Deschutes will inspire lifelong memories while scenic vistas and arid landscapes provide ample opportunities to explore.

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Day 1:
Mt. St. Helens & Cannon Beach Oregon
Premium Lodging: Ocean Lodge: Cannon Beach, OR

We start our journey with a visit to Mt. St. Helens, the volcano that devastated the region with its May 18, 1980 eruption. The Johnston’s Ridge Observatory offers insight into how the mountain erupted and recovered over the past 26 years, and how the people and landscape have been changed forever.  We  then descend the mountain to the Columbia River with our sights on the same view that Lewis and Clark saw when they first cast their eyes on the Pacific at the end of the Oregon Trail. We drive through Astoria, the oldest settlement west of the Rockies, and continue to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Our hotel is right in the heart of town with multiple options for shopping, beach life, and dinner. Your ocean view room and deck provides breathtaking views of the sunset and you can hear the waves crashing into the sand.

Day 2:
Astoria, Seaside and Cape Disappointment
Premium Lodging: Ocean Lodge: Cannon Beach, OR

Today is a free day to soak in the beach life of Seaside and Cannon Beach.  Tide Pools, shopping, hiking and relaxation are on the menu.  For those wanting to fish, there are two options:  Deep sea for Salmon, or on the Columbia River the world class Buoy 10 for Salmon and Sturgeon.  Fishing is not included in your package but we will help you arrange it.  We board the Limo Liner to Long Beach, Washington for lunch and a visit to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Next we explore Astoria, the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi where we’ll will visit the Flavel House Museum, a Queen Anne architectural style mansion and carriage house built in 1885 for one of Astoria’s first families.  A stop at the Columbia River Maritime Museum gives us a detailed look the importance of the Columbia River to the culture, economy and history of this charming region.   The evening is yours to explore the beach and shopping districts.

Day 3:
Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Mirror Lake, and the Deschutes River
Premium Lodging: Tetherow Lodge: Bend, OR

Today we relax in Cannon Beach, just 20 minutes south of Seaside. This town is full of art galleries, ice cream shops, great food and miles of majestic beach views. Haystack Rock is the iconic monolith that stands tall on the beach. We depart around at 11:00 a.m. with stops in Tillamook, Oregon for a tour of the famed Tillamook Cheese Factory, Beaverton, and Hillsboro – home of Nike.  Traveling through Portland, the City of Bridges, we start our assent of Mt. Hood to Rhododendron, Oregon for a leisurely stroll to Mirror Lake which offers a majestic view of Mt. Hood.  Our Chef will have special treats prepared to fuel your walk.  We continue through the Mt. Hood National Forest until the lush landscape transitions to the high desert of Bend, Oregon.  Our chef will prepare a meal featuring local fresh ingredients with a wine pairing experience that will make the day complete.  Tonight, explore Bend as we stay at Tetherow Lodge.

Day 4:
Rafting on the Deschutes, Mt. Bachelor, and Sisters
Premium Lodging:  Tetherow Lodge: Bend, OR

A scenic float or white-water adventure on the Deschutes River is how we start our day. After we explore the region by water we’ll get back on dry land to visit the Old Mill District and the High Desert Living Museum showcasing the native wildlife, birds, vegetation and history of the region. Next, we travel up Mt. Bachelor for a relaxing twilight ski lift tour beginning at the 6,300-foot elevation in the West Village base to the Pine Marten Lodge perched at 7,775 feet. A leisurely stroll to the snow fields left over from winter offers majestic views of the untouched landscape. We toast the end of our day at the Deschutes Brewery.

Day 5:
Smith Rock State Park, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Lewis and Clark, Multnomah Falls, Vista House

Lodging: Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA

One of the joys of Bends High Desert is visiting the wonders of Smith Rock State Park, an ideal setting to explore walking trails for all activity levels.  The spiral rocks, landscape, and the fresh air are the perfect ingredients for fun and relaxation.  Continuing along the Deschutes River, we make our way through majestic landscapes to The Dalles, a city built around Fort Dalles which served as the end of the Oregon Trail. We’ll visit to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to see the very best interpretation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and how the Columbia Gorge was created.

Traveling up the historic Columbia River Highway, we stop at the famous, two-tiered Multnomah Falls.  Hike to the top or take in the views from the footbridge to witness the thunderous cascades and refreshing mist.  Our next stop is the Vista House at Crown Point for a panoramic view of the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge featuring basalt cliffs, the Columbia River and looming Volcanoes.  Our scenic drive continues over the Bridge of the Gods and into Washington State where we complete our day at the stunning Skamania Lodge nestled beside Evergreen Trees and the Columbia River.

Day 6:
Beacon Rock, Hood River Fruit Loop and Timberline Lodge.
Premium Lodging:  Timberline Lodge: Mt. Hood, Gov’t Camp, OR

Our day starts on the banks of the Columbia River and continues east to Hood River for lunch. Explore the Hood River shopping district before we tempt our senses while visiting the fruit loop, where cherries, pears and grapes are in abundance.  Continuing into the Mt. Hood National Forest, we make our way to the historic Timberline Lodge which was built as a WPA Project. Down feather beds, giant timber beams and creative use of stone make this historic Lodge a treasure of Oregon with panoramic views in all directions. The evening is yours to explore the many amenities, wildflower walking trails, Magic Mile Chair Lift, outdoor pool and sauna and general relaxation in this one-of-a-kind retreat.

Day 7:
Mt. Hood National Scenic Area

Today starts with a scrumptious breakfast at Timberline Lodges’ Cascade Dining Room overlooking the Cascade Range in all directions.  We depart and slowly descend Mt. Hood with stops for photo-ops of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.  Our journey ends with a drive through the Columbia River Gorge where we say good-bye at Portland International Airport.  Thank you for traveling with Experience Park Tours.

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