Magnificent Oregon

Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Vistas Itinerary

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’ll begin our journey with a visit to Mt. St. Helens, the volcano that devastated the region with its May 18, 1980, eruption. The Johnstons Ridge Observatory offers insight into how the mountain erupted and recovered over the past 28 years and the impact on the local community and landscape. We’ll descend the mountain to the Columbia River Gorge, with our eyes overlooking the same view that Lewis and Clark saw when they first saw the Pacific at the end of the Oregon Trail. We’ll drive through Astoria, the oldest settlement West of the Rockies, and continue to Cannon Beach, Oregon. With ocean view rooms, our hotel sits in the heart of downtown with multiple options for shopping, beach life, and dining. The evening is yours to enjoy.

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

Today is a free day to soak in the sun on the shores of Seaside. For those wanting to fish, there are two options: deep sea fishing for salmon, or fishing on the Columbia River at the world-class Buoy 10 for salmon and sturgeon. Fishing is not included in your package but we will help you arrange it. We’ll board the Limo Liner to Long Beach, Washington for lunch and a visit to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Next, we’ll explore Astoria, the oldest settlement West of the Mississippi where we’ll visit the Flavel House Museum. 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 Bend, Oregon
Premium Lodging: Tetherow Lodge: Bend, OR

Today we’ll relax along the shores of Cannon Beach and explore tidepools surrounding the infamous monolithic Haystack Rock. The town of Cannon Beach is full of art galleries, ice cream shops, great food and miles of majestic beach views. We’ll depart around at 11am with a stop 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’ll begin our ascent 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 will continue through the Mt. Hood National Forest until the lush landscape transitions to the high desert of Bend, Oregon. 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’ll begin 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, vegetation and history of the region. Next, we’ll 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’ll toast the end of our day at the Deschutes Brewery.

Day 5: Smith Rock State Park, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Lewis and Clark, Hood River Fruit Loop
Premium Lodging: Timberline Lodge: Mt. Hood, Gov’t Camp, OR

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. We’ll continue west to explore the Hood River shopping district before driving along the famed Hood River Fruit Loop, where cherries, pears and grapes are in abundance. Continuing into the Mt. Hood National Forest, we’ll 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 amenities at the lodge, wildflower walking trails, Magic Mile Chair Lift, outdoor pool, sauna and general relaxation in this one-of-a-kind retreat.

Day 6: Multnomah Falls, Vista House
Premium Lodging: Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA

Take the morning to sleep in and enjoy Timberline Lodge. After lunch, we’ll make our descent on to the historic Columbia River Highway where we’ll 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 7: Mt. Hood National Scenic Area

Our journey ends with a drive through the Columbia River Gorge to end in Portland, Oregon. The Limo Liner will escort you to the Portland International Airport or to any surrounding post-trip accommodations. We hope you enjoy traveling with us. Thank you for traveling with Experience Park Tours.

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