On this full day adventure your naturalist guide will bring history to life as you visit the fun and historic coastal towns of Astoria and Cannon Beach.
Situated at the mouth of the great Columbia River, Astoria has served as a port of entry for over a century and remains the major trading center for the lower Columbia basin. The infamous Columbia bar, nicknamed "the graveyard of the Pacific" was the ultimate destination of two pivotal and epic expeditions in American history. In1804 the Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" set out to discover a northwest passage and chart lands previously known only to native peoples. Only a few years later in 1810, John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company sent the Astor Expedition on a perilous journey across the country to establish Fort Astoria as its primary fur-trading post in the Northwest, making Astoria the first permanent U.S. settlement on the Pacific coast! Nowadays Astoria's many museums, bridges, lighthouses, historic forts and growing art scene are all major regional attractions.
Now we head south along the Pacific coast where amazing views abound and where both beaches and surrounding bluffs capture the verve, energy and power of the mighty Pacific surf breaking. Upon arriving in Cannon Beach we encounter the quintessential Oregon Coast experience: with sea-splitting headlands and miles of beaches, this town of 1,600 residents is a blend of incredible scenic beauty, wildlife, upscale inns, funky lodges, fine seafood restaurants, chowder houses, and art galleries galore. Founded in the 1890s but re-named in 1922 when locals came across a cannon that had washed ashore following the 1846 shipwreck of the U.S. Navy schooner Shark.
Before we begin the scenic drive back to Portland, we make a final stop at the secret Ecola State Park for coastal rain forest interpretive walk, panoramic views, and a short hike down to a small secluded beach where we will enjoy a glass of local Oregon wine. Keep an eye out for elk, peregrine falcons, bald eagles and other sea birds. If you are lucky and come in the spring we will have the chance to spot for gray whales as they cruise by on their way back up to Alaska!
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Pick-up at Select Downtown Portland and Lloyd District Hotels
Take a trip to the port city of Astoria, where attractions such as museums, lighthouses, historic forts and bridges are famous among tourists and locals alike. Visit the Astoria Column, where you can get a 360-degree view of the entire town.
Fort Clatsop National Monument
Get the chance to visit the Fort Clatsop National Monument, a replica of the Lewis and Clark Expedition fort. As you tour the location, your guide will be sharing the significance of the expedition and stories on the brave men and women that paved the way for brave men and women.
Marvel at the captivating scenery of Cannon Beach, characterized by miles of beaches, wildlife, eccentric inns and lodges and art galleries. Take a stroll on the shore while you gaze out into the open ocean and see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.
Ecola State Park
Go on an interpretative walk among the rain forests of Ecola State Park and cap the tour off with a glass of local Oregon wine.
Drop-off at Select Downtown Portland and Lloyd District Hotels
Price & Options
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
People 21 years old and above can participate in this activity.
A valid government-issued photo ID
Sweatshirt / light jacket
Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
Please advise the activity provider in advance if you have any food restrictions or requests.
This activity operates regardless of weather.
The menu is subject to change without notice.
The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any cancellations made within 30 business days of your activity (after 18:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.