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Oregon and California Outdoor Adventure Tour – West Coast Tours Itinerary

Explore the terrain between San Francisco to Portland, or reverse, in eight days.


Embark on this Oregon and California outdoor adventure tour and follow the stage coach trails and highways that have long connected these choice west coast cities.

Savor San Francisco, sparkling city of the Golden Gate, west coast center of art, culture and finance– one of the most visited cities in the world. Drive scenic Highway 101 through Alfred Hitchcock country into the heart of the Redwood Empire. Follow a stagecoach road from Crescent City up to Stout Grove, a majestic stand of old-growth redwoods and longtime attraction for travelers– including George Lukas, who filmed Return of the Jedi there.

The schedule below will give you an overview of the other places and activities you can expect on these west coast tours through California and Oregon. We plan frequent stops for walking, exploring, and taking photographs.

Oregon and California Outdoor Adventure Tour Overview

Endert's Beach, Crescent City, California

Endert’s Beach, Crescent City, California


Daily Schedule for these West Coast Tours: 11 days / 10 nights, from San Francisco to Portland

Day 1: San Francisco

Meet your group and tour guide at the hotel in San Francisco, then head to Sausalito for some beautiful views of the bay area, complete with a short walk to a viewpoint and a drive across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Receive your tour documentation and spend some time going over the route while enjoying dinner as a group – a drink and appetizer is on us. One night in San Francisco.

San Francisco

San Francisco

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

Day 2: Sonoma – Highway 101 – Ft. Bragg

First stop today is Sonoma Plaza with a view into California’s early history. We then proceed to Buena Vista Winery, the oldest commercial winery in California, founded by the colorful Hungarian Agoston Haraszthy. Leaving wine country, we follow Highway 101 up the coast through Ft. Ross, a Russian settlement from the early 1800s. After a picnic lunch, we continue on to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, with 47 acres of native plants suited to the mild maritime climate. Evening and night in Ft. Bragg.

Sonoma Winery

Sonoma Winery

Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg

Day 3: Willits – Avenue of the Giants – Fortuna

In mid-morning we board the Skunk Train, a heritage railway through the redwood forest along the Noyo River, and imagine the daily life of the lumbermen who felled these giants. We drive through the Avenue of the Giants and take a short hike in the redwood forest, where the trees reach over 300 ft. (100 m) high, 18 ft. thick at base (6 m) and are sometimes over 2,000 years old. We continue to Ferndale, one of the best-preserved Victorian villages in California, where we enjoy the shops, galleries, and restaurants. Night in Fortuna.

Skunk Train

Skunk Train

Redwoods

Redwoods

Day 4: Arcata Marsh – Trinidad – Stout Grove – Jacksonville, Oregon

At the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Refuge, an innovative wetlands project along the Pacific Flyway, we observe birds and stroll along the filtration ponds. After a stop at the Trinidad Museum, we turn inland up an unpaved stagecoach road to Stout Grove, a stand of old-growth redwoods. Shortly before crossing into Oregon, we stop at a botanical wayside to view Darlingtonia–meat-eating plants. Two nights in the historic gold-mining town of Jacksonville, Oregon.

Arcata Marsh

Arcata Marsh

Darlingtonias

Darlingtonias

Day 5: Ashland – optional whitewater rafting – wine tour – optional Shakespeare Theater

After exploring highlights of Jacksonville, we visit nearby Ashland, well-known for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the best regional theaters in the US. We stroll in leafy Lithia Park and enjoy the shops and restaurants. In the afternoon we take a wine-tasting tour through the heart of Southern Oregon’s wine country. Alternatively, there are half-day white-water rafting trips on the Rogue River and tickets for Ashland’s theater or cabaret.

Ashland

Ashland

Oregon Wine

Oregon Wine

Day 6: Klamath Falls – Crater Lake National Park – La Pine

A drive along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway brings us to Klamath Falls, where we visit the Favell Museum, built from a private collection of Native American art and artifacts. After a stop at Fort Klamath, an important outpost in the Modoc Indian War, we proceed to Crater Lake, a caldera lake famous for its deep blue color. We stroll along the rim with views of Wizard Island. Night in the logging community of LaPine, Central Oregon.

Favell Museum

Favell Museum

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Day 7: Newberry Volcanic National Monument – High Desert Museum – Bend

We walk over a hill of volcanic glass at the obsidian flow in Newberry National Monument, then stroll and picnic along scenic Paulina Lake. We spend the afternoon at the High Desert Museum with its many inside and outside displays and endless information on the natural and cultural richness of the high desert. Evening and night in pedestrian-friendly Bend.

Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake

High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum

Day 8: Smith Rock State Park – Cascade Mountains – Pacific Ocean, Yachats

This morning we stop first at Smith Rock State Park, with its rock faces that lure climbers from all over the world. Our drive along the Santiam Pass Scenic Byway provides dramatic views of the Cascades. We stop for a walk and picnic at Clear Lake and hike along nearby Sahalie Falls. Later we reach the Pacific and drive along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway to an oceanfront resort in Yachats for two nights.

Smith Rock

Smith Rock

Sahalie Falls

Sahalie Falls

Day 9: Newport – Yaquina Head Lighthouse – Oregon Coast Aquarium

An optional whale-watching tour may be arranged in advance for the morning. Alternatively, we explore Newport’s historic harbor area with galleries and good restaurants. We visit Oregon’s Coast Aquarium and climb one of the many lighthouses still in operation at Yaquina Head. In the evening we enjoy the sunset over the Pacific.

Yachats Resort

Yachats Resort

Yaquina Head lighthouse

Yaquina Head lighthouse

Day 10: Oregon Pacific Coast – Portland

Today we continue north along the craggy Oregon coast, stopping for occasional walks and viewpoints and for sales-tax-free shopping at a factory outlet mall. We will walk and picnic at a state park with lovely beach trails and views. Then on to Portland, one of the most vibrant and livable cities in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Day 11: Portland

Tour ends here. You are free to explore Portland on your own or fly home. We will gladly assist you with post-reservations.

If you have any questions about our Oregon and California outdoor adventure tour please feel free to contact us at info@traveldreamwest.com.