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Miles of craggy coast, glittering water and sandy beaches are the hallmark of our tour of the Oregon coast. Antique lighthouses guard jutting headlands; country roads wind inland through ancient forests and valleys laced with dairy farms and sparkling streams. We’ll bicycle from Astoria, oldest American settlement in the West, south along the Oregon Coast Scenic Bike Route to finish in Newport, where fishing boats share the bay with southbound whale pods.
Meet in Portland. Ride Jewell Elk Refuge: hushed groves of cedar, spruce and western hemlock; finish in Astoria, by the water.
Meet us on Sunday morning for a complimentary pickup in Portland. Start cycling at a wooded park halfway to the coast, following a peaceful country road through the Jewell Elk Refuge, past farms, woods, and tiny towns to Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River. Explore a bit of Victorian Astoria, the oldest American settlement in the West, and spend the evening at a hotel on the bank of the Columbia River.
Cycle from Astoria to rollicking Seaside. Explore Lewis & Clark's Fort Clatsop, then ride to Cannon Beach and Manzanita.
Monday, bicycle through inland forests and farmland on former logging roads — now paved — to the coast near Seaside. Visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial to see a replica of the place where explorers Lewis & Clark spent the winter of 1805. Watch a re-enactment of their daily life by the park staff in period costume, and learn more about their amazing exploration at the visitor’s center. Afterward, pedal along the shore to Cannon Beach, a popular, upscale tourist destination known for its wide, white-sand beach overlooked by Haystack Rock, one of the world’s largest coastal monoliths. Art galleries abound in Cannon Beach, as do boutiques, bakeries, and ice cream shops. Pedal farther south to spend the next two nights at the luxurious Inn at Manzanita.
Explore Cannon Beach. Hike the Clatsop Loop Trail to postcard-perfect views of Tillamook’s antique lighthouse.
Tuesday morning, explore the town of Cannon Beach, go for a guided bike ride, get a massage, or just relax in your room’s private whirlpool tub. In the afternoon, hike up the Clatsop Loop Trail, with its panoramic ocean views.
Ride the bucolic region between Manzanita and Tillamook, including the gorgeous Three Capes Scenic Route.
Wednesday, ride through dairy country and forests on a lightly traveled side road - to Tillamook and its world-famous cheese factory. You won’t want to miss the cheese and ice cream. Ride the Three Capes Scenic Route, beside the water and over the dramatic promontory of Cape Meares, past herons stalking fish in peaceful Netarts Bay and then through Cape Lookout State Park. Further south, bicycle past sand dunes, hang gliders soaring above seaside bluffs, and fishing dories being launched from the beach into the surf at Cape Kiwanda. Spend tonight at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, which offers magnificent views of the Pacific.
Pedal to (and hike) magnificent Cascade Head, haven to rare plants and butterflies.
Thursday, follow a peaceful country road as it winds through the woods to a great hike on Cascade Head, where trails to wildflower meadows lead to views of craggy islands and a cove of barking sea lions. Tonight, stay at the dramatic Inn at Spanish Head, where floor-to-ceiling windows highlight unobstructed ocean panoramas.Says one of our guides, "It's like watching the sunset in IMAX!"
Bicycle the back roads between Lincoln City and Newport. Finish off with a gourmet lunch at an 1870’s-era lighthouse.
Friday, continue the journey south, stopping at several state parks to watch waves pummel the rocky coast and marvel at the beauty of evergreen forest inching down to the white sand beaches. Pedal a section of the old coast highway that slid into the ocean several years ago, but has been beautifully rebuilt as a one-way, one-lane scenic byway with a wide bike path. Stop for photo ops of the forested cliff and pounding surf directly below. After lunch overlooking the fishing harbor at Yaquina Bay's lighthouse state park, we'll head back to Portland.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. If you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.