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Oregon Discovery Fly Drive

Portland * Bend * Crater Lake * Bandon * Newport * Astoria *  

Visit the great State of Oregon on this 11 day Fly Drive starting from the 'City of Roses', Portland, followed by the Cascade Mountains, the Crater Lake National Park, before heading for the Pacific Northwest coast with its lighthouses along the majestic cliffs.

11 days from £2,724 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Portland
Your Oregon holiday starts with scheduled flights from the UK to Portland via Chicago or Washington, On arrival transfer independently to your hotel, located in the downtown area. Portland is a hip urban hotspot known for its fresh cuisine, vibrant arts scene and funky shopping districts.
Overnights(2): Portland - The Benson Hotel

Day 2 - Portland
Begin your Oregon adventure in the delightful 'City of Roses' and visit Portland's most popular attractions: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Oregon Zoo, Pittock Mansion, Portland Art Museum, Portland Children's Museum, Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Portland Japanese Garden and the World Forestry Center and Discovery Museum.

The city has many intriguing neighbourhoods, each with a unique flavour and heritage. You’ll find the arts, nightlife, and fashion thriving in The Pearl District, whilst Nob Hill has plenty of boutique shops in which to take advantage of Oregon’s no sales tax. Old Town Chinatown is a bustling entertainment district, home to the famous Portland Saturday Market, Voodoo Doughnut and Lan Su Chinese Garden. Historic Mississippi Avenue combines originality, variety, and excellence with style and energy. Almost every business here is locally owned, delivering unique products not found in the corporate stores. Pioneer Place, the heart of downtown is four city blocks filled with tax-free shopping, dining and entertainment. On the weekends, dash by the Portland Saturday Market for a taste of Portland and locally produced products. Take some time to immerse yourself in the visual beauty of Portland at the International Rose Test Garden, or perhaps you prefer to browse the largest bookstore in the USA, Powell's Books.

Day 3 - Portland - Bend (179miles)
Collect your rental car this morning and depart for Central Oregon via the West Cascades Scenic Byway which skirts the northern half of Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range, and offers some of the best "up-close and personal" views of thundering waterfalls, lush ancient forests, rushing whitewater and cool, placid lakes.  Spectacular views of snowcapped mountains (Jefferson, Washington, Three Fingered Jack, and the Three Sisters) are omnipresent – keep your camera handy!

Drive along the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway which follows the path of an 1860s wagon route. Ancient lava fields lying next to calm, clear lakes, will provide you with a gentle reminder of the area's violent beginning. Make a quick stop at the Mt. Washington Scenic Overlook, which offers a spectacular view of the volcanic peak and basin.
Overnights(2): Bend - Sun River Resort

Day 4  Bend
With 300 days of sunshine a year (as many as Arizona!) and oodles of fresh powder come winter, the high desert country of Central Oregon is an idyllic playground for sports lovers. And what’s more, the region boasts an equally impressive selection of restaurants and breweries, a vibrant nightlife and a growing arts scene.

Bordered by the Deschutes National Forest and the Cascade Mountains, Bend lies along the Deschutes River and is famous for its many forms of outdoor recreation. This bustling city sits in a peaceful valley at the edge of a Ponderosa pine forest, and it began as a stopping point for wagon trains before they continued their journey across the Cascade Mountains. Today, it's central Oregon's most populated city. Surround yourself with more natural beauty and breathtaking views by taking the scenic chairlift to the summit of Mt. Bachelor or head out to  Newberry Volcano, an 18-mile caldera containing East and Pauline Lakes, is the country’s largest obsidian flow with many waterfalls.  The Lava Lands Visitor Center on Lava Butte provides an excellent orientation to the volcanic landscape and the Trail of Molten Lava. 

If you have time, Smith Rock State Park is a must see with its sheer cliffs which are ideal for rock climbing and also offers miles of hiking and mountain biking trails

Day 5 - Bend – Crater Lake National Park ( 150 miles)
Take the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway through Deschutes National Forest as you head for Crater Lake National Park. No other place in America matches the dramatic beauty of Crater Lake – deep, pure and astoundingly blue.  Surrounded by sheer cliffs nearly 2,000 feet high, the lake is the 7th deepest in the world and the deepest in the United States.  The violent volcanic explosion that created Crater Lake, when Mount Mazama collapsed some 7,700 years ago, is so recent that the story is still told in Native American legends. Be sure to do the 33-mile rim drive which offers spectacular views and watch the film, “Mirror of Heaven” at the Visitors Center. Originally opened in 1915, historic Crater Lake Lodge offers an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1920s and immerses visitors in its rustic charm. The Dining Room features Northwest cuisine made with choice Oregon grown ingredients. Sample the best of what Oregon has to offer, from the freshest, locally-grown mushrooms and berries to Rogue Valley cheeses and wines.
Overnight(1): Crater Lake - Crater Lake Lodge  

Day 6 - Crater Lake National Park - Bandon (200 miles)
Take the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway as you head west today. Also known as the ‘highway of waterfalls’ this is a breathtaking road that follows two of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers and thickly forested southern Cascades. If time permits tour some of the region’s wineries before continuing your journey on to the magnificent Oregon Coast and the quaint village of Bandon, the unofficial cranberry capital of the Pacific Northwest. Make sure you leave time to drive the Charleston/Bandon Tour Route, which showcases a glorious stretch of coastline that includes six state parks, two National Wildlife Refuges as well as the wildlife areas of Cape Arago where you can watch for seals in the surf and migrating whales further off the coast.
Overnight(1): Bandon - Best Western Plus at Face Rock

Day 7 - Bandon - Newport (122 miles)
The drive along the Oregon Coast passes countless small beach towns, long washes of beach punctuated by wonderful rocky points and sea stacks just off shore. Don’t miss the chance to take a dune buggy ride in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area with over 47 miles of ever shifting sand, before grabbing some lunch in delightful Florence with its restored historic district. Be sure to stop at Cape Perpetua, an exquisite natural landmark which encompasses tide pools, ancient spruce forests, and piles of discarded she And don’t miss Sea Lion Caves where visitors can descend 208 feet down into the world's largest and most spectacular sea cave, which is the home of the wild Steller sea lion, year round.

Before reaching Newport you will pass Heceta Head State Park and a short trail leads to the historic Heceta Head lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's house and a spectacular view of the coast.
Overnights(2): Newport - Elizabeth Street Inn

Day 8 - Newport
Newport has been a playground for visitors since the late 1800's - nestled between the Coastal Mountains, Pacific Ocean and Yaquina Bay, the natural beauty of the area draws those seeking a unique and exciting coastal experience. Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest on the Oregon Coast - soaring 93 feet in the air.  If you would like a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding area, be prepared to walk circles up a number of lighthouse stairs!  

The Oregon Coast Aquarium's collection focuses on the flora and fauna native to the Oregon Coast. Passages of the Deep allows visitors to walk through acrylic tunnels, surrounded by deep water marine animals such as sharks, rays, and rockfish.  The aquarium also boasts marine mammals, specifically sea lions, seals, and sea otters, in addition to a sea bird aviary.

Newport’s Historic Bay Front is home to one of Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleets, and visitors can enjoy shops, art galleries, chowder houses, restaurants, fish processing plants and family attractions in turn-of-the-century storefronts from a bygone era

Day 9 - Newport - Astoria (133 miles)
Continue heading north today and stop en route at charming Depoe Bay which has the smallest navigable harbour in the world and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. There are numerous charter fishing and whale watching companies that operate from here.The mighty Pacific Ocean greets the beach along seven gorgeous miles in Lincoln City and Tillamook is a charming town not to be missed. Be sure to explore Cannon Beach with its quaint town centre and many art galleries. Nearby Haystack Rock, the third largest monolith in the world is one of the State's most photographed natural wonders. Seaside is Oregon's largest and oldest seaside resort and is a colourful beach community that lies at the very end of the Lewis and Clark trail. Continue on to Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.                        
Overnight(1): Astoria - Best Western Plus Bayfront

Day 10 - Astoria -  Portland (100 miles)
Astoria has been called "The Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest," and features a revitalized 1920s era downtown area and dozens of picturesque Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides. Rich in scenic beauty, the Pacific Ocean and miles of sandy beaches can be viewed from the top of Astoria's historic landmark Column (built in 1926, the Column is 125 feet high and has 164 steps winding to the top.) Have an educational experience and visit the Maritime Museum and don't miss the house of Lewis & Clark from 1805-06 in Fort Clatsop. 33 explorers lived here, and you won't believe how small it is. Nearby you can also visit the life size statue of Sacagawea, the Shoshone Indian woman who accompanied the explorers on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Return to Portland and if time allows, head out along the Historic Columbia River Highway – one of the many designated scenic byways in the state. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Gorge below and the many waterfalls close to the highway, the most impressive of which is Multnomah Falls, which drops 620 feet and is Oregon's most popular natural attraction. Take the exhilarating Mt Hood Scenic Byway around what is one of Oregon’s most iconic landmarks to see some of the state’s most stunning scenery, temperate rainforests, lush valleys and rich pioneer history and make sure you stop by the impressive Timberline Lodge resting at 6,000 feet up Mt Hood – a true gem.                               
Overnight(1): Portland - The Benson Hotel

Day 11 - Portland - UK
Return your hire car at Portland International Airport and check in for your return flights back to the UK

Day 12 - Arrive UK

 
2017 Departure Dates Twin Share
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01 May - 31 May £2724 £2271 Quote
01 June - 21 June £2724 £2271 Quote
22 June - 30 June £2915 £2451 Quote
01 July - 31 July £2915 £2451 Quote
01 Aug - 16 Aug £2915 £2451 Quote
17 Aug- 31 Aug £2759 £2295 Quote
01 Sep - 15 Sep £2724 £2271 Quote

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled flights with United Airlines from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and the Air Passenger Duty
  • 10 nights accommodation, room only
  • 9 days fully inclusive hire of an intermediate car with unlimited mileage, LDW, LIS, Sales Tax, Airport Fees, VLF and Local Surcharges

Not Included:

  • Extra charge applies to renters under 25 years of age
  • Fuel for hire car
  • Hotel Parking charges if applicable
  • Meals
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, attractions, activities and excursions
  • Weekend flight supplements Friday- Sunday £30 each way


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