On arrival in Seaside... (Promenade, Bumper Cars & Taffy)
Seaside, Oregon's first seaside resort, dates back to the mid 1800s. With a beachfront stretching 1 1/2 miles, a real Tilt-A-Whirl and the closest thing Oregon has to a boardwalk, you'll be nostalgic for the golden days. It's the standard-issue getaway for Portland kids (& adults) forever. But unlike Portland, Seaside hasn't changed over the decades. It's still full of shops selling kites, Roxy board shorts and trashy T-shirts. Where else can you ride a surrey while eating a caramel-apple and proudly wearing neon-green sweatpants and sweatshirts that say "Seaside".
Possible Seaside Stops
Cannon Beach Area:
On arrival in Cannon Beach...Stops include:
South of Cannon Beach
Neakahnie Mtn. & Oswald West State Park- One of the best preserved coastal rain forests in Oregon:
– Experience some of the more breathtaking spots on the entire Oregon coast with a guided hikes to Hug Point, Smuggler's Cove and Devil's Cauldron. The 'easy' hikes give an up close and personal glimpse to the connection between land and sea.
Stops may include:
For scenic value, this new section (right) will be the equal of anything offered along the 400 miles of Oregon's coastline"
Renowned for its views (right) at Neahkahnie Mtn., we'll pull off at the 1st pull-out and hike to the 4th for a variety of wonderful views. Hike only takes about 10-20 minutes and is easy. This engineering feat was the largest in Oregon up to that time.
Whale watching* (mid Dec - mid Jan & late February - May) -please inquire.
Sitka Spruce Forest
Devil's Cauldron-Treasure Cove
*The secret smuggler's cove - Add this easy 1 mile RT hike - "If we had to pick a spot that embodies almost everything that defines the Oregon Coast; the old-growth cedar, hemlock, Douglas fir & Sitka spruce forest culminating with the the picturesque, crescent shaped smuggler's cove with never-found Spanish Galleon buried treasures, is it--which almost no one knows about--a secret location. This forest & cove is as fine a temple as nature can create... This is one of our most treasured places at the coast."
Villages of Manzanita, Wheeler, Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach & others
On arrival in Manzanita...
- Eat a secret dessert
SEE THE CENTURY-OLD LIGHTHOUSE, OREGON'S BIGGEST TREE & ONE OF THE CHOICEST VIEWS AROUND
- TAKE IN A FOREST FIRE
If time permits; a visit to the Tillamook Forest Center (about 35 minutes east of Tillamook along Route 6; milepost 22; Hours) is worth the stop-FREE. The highlight is a 15-minute film about the series of massive wildfires from 1933-1951 that scorched 350,000 acres of old-growth forest beginning in 1933, known collectively as the Tillamook Burn. There's also exhibits and a fire lookout. The movie is played in a surround-sound theater that glows an infernal red and is scented with smoke. If you had a 3rd round of drinks last night it may be too much for you--in which case a hike along the Wilson River may be at hand (link below).
- Possible Tillamook Stops
DISCLAIMER: Not all stops listed above are on your itinerary. Time restraints and other factors typically limit the sights we see. Above are only potential stops. Priority stops should be communicated to My Chauffeur ahead of (preferred) or during your tour so we can make time for them. No stop is guaranteed.