Trail to the Redwood Coast – August 18-22 2019

Journey with us to a place declared to be America’s most scenic country and home to the world’s tallest trees! Everything you’ve heard is true. Getting there is half the fun… now start packing!

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Click here for a flyer – Trail to the Redwood Coast

Day 1 Sunday August 18th – Home to Grants Pass
South, we go… first stop is a tasty lunch at Tolly’s in Oakland. Nestled among other historic brick buildings, is this fine dining restaurant, featuring an old-time soda fountain, a charming courtyard, and the warm ambiance of the past. We’ll continue south to our home for the night… the Riverside Inn with large balconies overlooking the beautiful Rogue River. You’ll have some time to rest up before we walk next door for our Hellgate Jetboat Excursions… Get ready for the fun as we’re whisked down the Rogue River into the legendary Hellgate Canyon. You’ll view old floodwater marks on the narrow heights above and close-ups of remarkable rock shapes carved by the river’s hydraulics. See the canyon where John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn filmed “Rooster Cogburn”, and Matt Dillon plunged into the depths to escape a gang in hot pursuit in “Gunsmoke”. On the return trip we’ll stop at the OK Corral for a dinner you’ll not soon forget. Riverside Inn Grants Pass, OR (L, D)

Day 2 Monday August 19th – Grants Pass to Eureka
Today, we’ll travel through Six Rivers National Forest on gorgeous Highway 199 into California. We’ll hug the Redwood Coast Highway alongside the spectacular Smith River. You’ll want to keep your camera handy, as we’re in Redwood country! First stop; The Trees of Mystery, where we’ll be greeted by Paul Bunyan – America’s larger than life logger, and Babe the Blue Ox! Enjoy lunch at The Forest Cafe before we venture into the awe-inspiring Redwoods aboard the Sky Trail Gondola. You’ll hear all about The Trail of Tall Tales devoted to the myth and mythology of Paul Bunyan. Our final attraction today is the Victorian Seaport of Eureka. The town was born and raised in the timber industry, with some fishing on the side, and earned a well-deserved reputation for being a bit wild. Eureka’s waterfront could give the Barbary Coast a run for its money, so much so that writer Jack London came here in search of authentic tough guys to base his characters on. Relax a bit before a great dinner tonight! Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn Eureka, CA (B, L, D)

Day 3 Tuesday August 20th – Eureka – Local Touring
Today, we’ll be joined by a wonderful guide, Ray Hillman. He’ll take us on a journey into the pure majestic beauty of the Redwood Forest. A stroll in this forest is a quick “ego correction” as you’ll know your place in the universe after a walk amongst giant redwoods. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch featuring fresh local produce. We’ll head back to Eureka where we’ll learn the history of Humboldt Bay and Eureka’s waterfront during a 75-minute narrated cruise traveling along the shores of the bay. During your cruise, the Captain explains local history, industries, activities, points of interests, and wildlife. You’ll have some free time to visit Eureka’s “Old Town” which features unique gift shops, bookstores, boutiques, museums, antique stores, galleries, and a wide array of wonderful restaurants. Tonight, we sample some of Eureka’s best food. Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn Eureka, CA (B, L, D)

Day 4 Wednesday August 21st – Eureka to Bandon
Breakfast this morning is lumber camp style at the Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West. Next, we’ll head north to the spectacular Oregon Coast and stop at Brookings. Often touted as “Oregon’s Banana Belt”, Brookings has weather patterns that deliver some of the warmer temperatures along the Oregon Coast. Stroll Brookings’ harbor-shops and grab a bite! The Brookings area boasts numerous outdoor diversions like Harris Beach State Park which features sizable offshore sea stacks, including the largest island on the Oregon Coast. Soon we arrive at our oceanfront hotel in majestic Bandon. Sunset Oceanfront Lodging is beautifully situated on high ground overlooking a sandy beach, majestic sea stacks, and the Pacific Ocean. After a rest, or stroll on the beach, join us next door for a fabulous dinner at Lord Bennett’s. Sunset Hotel Bandon, OR (B, D)

Day 5 Thursday August 22nd – Bandon to Home
The next morning we’re off for the West Coast Game Park. This is the original walk through safari, where we can meet, pet, film, or walk among hundreds of free roaming wildlife. When you first enter the front gates, you will immediately be immersed among hundreds of free-roaming animals including goats, sheep, deer, and peacocks!  The animals have been specially raised for over 28 years by the park owners. Imagine majestic adult lions, tigers, snow leopards, bears, and more! Next, we stop to enjoy Bandon’s “Old Town” for some free time. Located on the Southern Oregon Coast 90 miles north of the California border where the Coquille River meets the Pacific Ocean, Bandon has scenic beauty which is unparalleled. After our visit to Bandon’s Old Town we depart for home. Join us on for one of our most scenic and relaxing tours! (B)

 

$1,404 Double  $1,714 Single

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