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!
Day 1 – Tualatin, OR to Grants Pass, OR
South we go… first stop is lunch at Tolly’s, in Oakland. Nestled among other historic brick buildings, is this fine dining restaurant, an old time soda fountain & candy store, a charming courtyard, and the warm ambiance of the past. Next is the Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, which was founded as a non-profit corporation in 1981 by renowned wildlife rehabilitator J. David Siddon. The facility was created to provide care and treatment of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Wildlife Images has since expanded to provide educational programs on wildlife, conservation and the environment to schools, organizations and the general public. The Center and its programs and activities are a direct outgrowth and continuation of the late Founder J. David Siddon’s personal involvement with wildlife rehabilitation and education for more than 40 years. The center currently operates under the direction of David Siddon Jr., who continues on with his father’s mission… 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 head next door to the Tap Rock Grill… they are known for their great view of the river and fine North West cuisine. Riverside Inn Grants Pass, OR (L, D)
Day 2 – Grants Pass, OR to Eureka, CA
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 destination 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 – Eureka, CA – 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 Redwoods 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” this afternoon it 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 – Eureka, CA to Bandon, OR
Breakfast this morning is lumber camp style, at the last surviving cookhouse in the West; The Samoa Cook- house. 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 – Bandon, OR to Tualatin, OR
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 be immediately 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 Portland. (B)
“Custom Tours” were designed for groups of 24 or more… If you have a group that wants to book one of these trips… or wants us to design a tour for your groups specific needs… please don’t hesitate to call us. Our tours are designed with a “love of discovery”. Our creative itineraries can be custom-designed to your request including some “must see” attractions as well as “off-the-beaten-path” experiences.