Oregon North Tour

The Pacific Northwest – the Columbia River Gorge – Mount St. Helens – the seaside town of Astoria – these are all stops along our Oregon North Tour. See the lush and evergreen landscapes of this part of Oregon as we take you to numerous iconic and must-see points of interest. Explore the volcanos of the Cascade Range, the Oregon Coast and wander through the State’s largest city to possibly learn why its slogan is, “Keep Portland weird.”

Tour Highlights:

  • City tour of Portland
  • Columbia River Gorge – many waterfalls including Multnomah Falls
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
  • Astoria
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • McMinniville


  • Services of a Southwest Adventure Tours tour director – a professional tour guide
  • Comfortable transportation
  • 6 nights hotel accommodations at 3 to 3.5-star hotels
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Park entrance fees
  • Gratuities for included meals and activities
  • Applicable taxes and fees

Daily Breakdown:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Portland
  • Day 2: Portland
  • Day 3: Portland – Columbia River Gorge
  • Day 4: Portland – Mt. St. Helens – Astoria
  • Day 5: Oregon Coast
  • Day 6: Tillamook Cheese Factory – Cape Lookout – McMinniville
  • Day 7: Return to Portland and journey home


  • Arrive in Portland, Oregon. Arrive by 3:00 PM so that your guide can pick you up at Airport Arrivals. You will be transferred to your hotel to get settled in for the next three days. At 4:30 PM, while getting to know your tour guide, you will travel south of Portland to enjoy a fantastic “farm-to-table” experience at The Kitchen at Middleground Farms for a welcome dinner.

    Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR | Meals: D

  • This morning, you will get to enjoy some of Portland’s many sights such as the Portland Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and a hike in the Hoyt Arboretum. In the afternoon you will explore the Pittock Bird Sanctuary and learn about the local native plants and animals that inhabit the area of Forest Park. Also spot some of the unique species found inside the sanctuary. Late in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to enjoy downtown Portland on your own. There are many micro-breweries and fantastic farm to table restaurants to enjoy in the area along with Powell’s City of Books and the Downtown Waterfront Park.

    Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR | Meals: B, L

  • After breakfast, we’ll head for the Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy the breathtaking views and photo ops of this protected National Scenic Area. Along the way you will see Vista House, an interpretive center and the most photographed icon of the Columbia River Gorge. You will also stop at Multnomah Falls, the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the nation. The water drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway. You will hike to Tamanawas Falls, Lower Zigzag Falls, and Mirror Lake along with scenic views of the area and the mountain. Enjoy one more evening in Portland before setting out for the rest of your adventure.

    Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR | Meals: B, L

  • This morning, you will travel north from Portland to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and explore this historic mountain and see the destruction that is still visible from its 1980 eruption. You will learn about the unique and ever-changing landscape of the Cascade Range and the effects of these volcanos on the local areas. Visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory and hike along Johnston Ridge overlooking Mt St Helens.  Afterwards, travel along the Columbia River to Astoria, Oregon and enjoy learning about the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and enjoy the views of the Columbia River as it flows into the Pacific Ocean. Visit the Astoria Column, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, and enjoy the late afternoon exploring Fort Stevens State Park and the Wreck of the Peter Iredale.  The evening will be yours to explore the historic waterfront of Astoria.

    Best Western, Astoria, OR | Meals: B, L

  • This morning you will visit Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and see a replica stockade of the fort that the Corps of Discovery used during their stay in the area before returning to the east. You will also learn more about this historic expedition. Afterwards you will travel along the Oregon Coast to Ecola State Park and see the coastline’s picturesque rock outcroppings. Hike in the area, exploring Indian Beach, Submarine Rock, and hike out to Bird Point to view the historic Tillamook Rock Light. The evening will be yours to enjoy Cannon Beach and explore this iconic location. Walk along the beach in the evening, visit Bird Rocks, Haystack Rock, or explore the town and see the Icefire Glassworks or the historic candy shop.

    Tolovana Inn, Tolovana Park, OR | Meals: B, L

  • After a morning enjoying more of Cannon Beach and the surrounding area, you will travel south along the Oregon Coast to Tillamook and the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory with its easy self-guided tour of the cheese making process. The Tillamook Cheese Factory also makes some of the best ice cream around – and well worth trying!

    Afterwards you will explore Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge and enjoy a hike through an old growth forest at Cape Lookout. This offers a great hike out to fantastic and unobstructed views of the area both to the north and to the south for miles and miles. Once finished you will begin your journey back to Portland. You will spend the night in the beautiful town of McMinniville, OR. The farewell dinner will be at The Barberry Restaurant. Spend an enjoyable evening enjoying the town.

    Comfort Inn and Suites, McMinniville, OR | Meals: B, L, D

  • You will return to Portland this morning and will be dropped off at the airport for your flight home. We hope you enjoyed your adventure.

    Meals: B

Tour Details:

Not Included:

  • Items of a personal nature (alcohol, room service, etc.)
  • Meals (other than listed in the itinerary)
  • Optional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities for the tour director

Arrival / Departure Info:

  • Arrival Location: Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Arrival Time: Any time prior to 3:00 PM on day 1 of tour
  • Departure Location: Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Departure Time: Any time after 12:00 PM on day 7

Physical Requirements:

  • Guests should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain for an average of 1 to 3 miles at a time.
  • Deboard and board van each time at a viewpoint – a portable step will be available
  • Please let us know if you have any other physical/health limitations or requirements

Pricing & Departures:

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