Rose Festival and Oregon Coast

Day 1 – Arrive in Portland Oregon
Upon arrival, the group will meet at the luggage carousel, where you’ll meet your local Tour Director, who will direct you out to our luxury motor coach. Later, meet your fellow passengers at a welcome reception in the hotel. Hilton Garden Inn, Portland OR (R)

Day 2 – Portland to Newport
Enjoy an included breakfast at the hotel, then, meet your wonderful driver who will deliver the group to the Memorial Coliseum. As part of the Rose Quarter area, the Coliseum is referred to as “The Glass Palace”. The facility is 100-foot (33 m) tall and has a footprint of about 3.1 acres. The arena is the home of the Portland Winterhawks, a major junior ice hockey team, and was the first home of the Portland Trail Blazers, of the National Basketball Association. Now, you’re ready for the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade and Queen’s Coronation! Enjoy viewing the 109th Annual Grand Floral Parade indoors, in weather-proof, padded chairs with backs. This year’s theme is “Carnival of Roses”, displaying the colors, variety, and excitement of a mardi gras style carnival celebration. The first parade, in 1907, was originally called the Rose Carnival. It eventually came to be known as the Rose Festival Parade, and later still the Grand Floral Parade. The Grand Floral Parade is the second largest all-floral parade in North America. After the parade, you’ll have lunch at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill. Perched alongside a man-made small lake, this restaurant is known for providing the freshest ingredients supplied by local vendors. Next, we’ll make our way Newport, where your evening is free for dinner. The Elizabeth Street Inn, Newport OR (B, L)

Day 3 – Newport & Florence, local touring
After breakfast this morning, we’ll visit Cape Perpetua Visitors Center. Observe the phenomenal view of the Pacific Ocean from the open area viewing deck. There will be time to view one of the short movies depicting life at the Ocean’s edge, and staff is available to answer questions. Then, a photo stop at Heceta Head Lighthouse… the most photographed lighthouse in the world! It is a working lighthouse perched 205 feet above the ocean, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy lunch on your own in Old Town Florence. This quaint fishing village is situated on the banks of the Siuslaw River. It’s beautifully restored, and home to several restaurants – including the famous ‘Mo’s’, art galleries, specialty shops, a fly-fishing museum and more! Spend some time here for lunch and browsing. Sand Land Adventures Dune Buggy Tours… A scenic way to experience the dunes, with a touch of excitement! This one hour dune buggy tour, covering approximately 15 miles of dunes and 3 miles of ocean beach, is informative and fun! The dune buggy is the perfect vehicle for an exciting, safe, and easy-going tour of the spectacular Dunes! Climbing and descending through these beautiful, impressive dunes will be an unforgettable experience for travelers to Oregon. Next, you’ll have some free time on Newport’s Historic Bay Front. Full of shops and Galleries, it is still a working Bay Front. Board the Marine Discovery, right on the bay. Enjoy a great naturalist guide specializing in whales, oyster farming, and sea and shore wildlife, and a big screen television for viewing microscopic marine life! Drive the boat and pull crab pots, as we explore the incredible scenery of the ocean bay and rivers. Look for seals, sea lions, and an abundance of sea birds, and learn about the aquatic habitat. Next, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Oregon Coast Aquarium! What does it take to care for a 1 million gallon goldfish bowl? Come with us to see the ins and outs of the aquarium world. You’ll enjoy a very special treat tonight… a catered dinner in the Shark Tank! You’ll dine under the sea in the ‘Passages of the Deep’. This unique setting combines the Aquarium and the Gleason event room to allow a stroll through the undersea setting, while enjoying dinner. A series of underwater walkways leads you from the dark, quiet canyons of the Orford Reef, through the sparkling and teeming waters of Halibut Flats, and finally into the vast blue expanse of the open sea, where you will see sharks and exotic habitats. The Elizabeth Street Inn, Newport OR (B, D)

Day 4 – Newport to Astoria
You will want to keep your cameras ready, as we will be driving up spectacular Highway 101! Astoria is on Oregon’s northern tip; it’s the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies! Restored Victorian homes dot the hillsides. Along the way, you’ll visit the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory, and view the factory floor where the cheese is produced, on your self-guided tour. Grab a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone, or just spend a little time in the gift shop! Lunch is on your own in Cannon Beach. The City of Cannon Beach is surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of forests, ocean beaches, and rivers. Only four miles in length, it’s a popular and picturesque resort area. Next, tour the Columbia Maritime Museum, one of the best in the country! Explore marine transportation from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present. Watch a dramatic 12-minute film introducing the history of life and commerce on the Columbia River, including the dangerous work of the Bar and River Pilots. Walk the bridge of a World War II warship, marvel at the 44-ft motor lifeboat plowing through a wave in a rescue mission. Participate in four interactive, hands-on exhibits. After checking into your hotel and a little time to freshen up, dinner will be at Baked Alaska. Enjoy fine dining and sweeping views of the Columbia River. Holiday Inn Express, Astoria OR (B, D)

Day 5 – Astoria, local touring
Tour Cape Disappointment… The Cape offers 27 miles of ocean beaches, two lighthouses, hiking trails, camping, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Perched on a cliff, 200 feet above the mouth of the Columbia River, the center tells the story of the Corps of Discovery’s journey, focusing particularly on their Pacific Coast stay. Enjoy lunch on your own in Seaside, delight in dozens of unique boutiques, specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants. Their 1.5-mile long ocean-front Promenade is perfect for strolling. The wide and sandy beach is also great for exploring. Then, tour the Flavel House. As one of the best preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the Flavel House survives today as a landmark of local and national significance. The house was built in 1884-85, for Captain George Flavel and his family. The Captain, who made his fortune through his occupation as a river bar pilot and real estate investments, built the house as his retirement home at the age of 62. Later, rest at the hotel, or ride the historic Trolley (behind the hotel). The newly restored trolley runs along the waterfront, where you can check out the quaint shops in historic downtown, visit Waterfront Park where you can view ships, visit the Heritage Museum, or the Firefighters Museum! Tonight, dinner is at the Silver Salmon Grill, featuring the freshest seafood available. Holiday Inn Express, Astoria OR (B, D)

Day 6 – Astoria to Portland
Tour Fort Clatsop… It was the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the Oregon Country, near the mouth of the Columbia River, during the winter of 1805-1806. It’s located along the Lewis and Clark River at the north end of the Clatsop Plains. The fort was the last encampment of the Corps of Discovery before embarking on their return trip east, to St. Louis. You’ll stop for lunch at one of Oregon’s favorites, Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum! Its architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques, and features, for example, an 85-foot ridgepole that’s the largest such piece in the United States, and weighs approximately 25 tons! Oh yeah, the food is real good too! Next, stop for a wine tasting and tour of McMenamin’s Historic Edgefield… Built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest that blends Oregon’s natural beauty with McMenamin’s’ signature whimsy: original buildings carefully restored with cozy interiors, gardens grown using organic methods, great food and drink, and more! Later, enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel tonight… Cheers! Hilton Garden Inn, Portland OR (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Flights Home
Head to the Portland International Airport for your flights home, with great memories of the Beaver State! (B)

Rose Fest & Coast

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