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2 day Tour from Eugene to the Oregon Coast

ItineraryDay 1: Eugene to Newport, OregonStop At: Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OregonWhile here make sure to visit the largest population of sea otters in the state of Oregon, the Harbor Seals and Sea lions, the open-air/walk-through aviary, and the Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep exhibit which allows the visitor to literally immerse themselves in the ocean realm that exists right off the Oregon coast. A series of underwater walkways leads the visitor 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. These are just a few of the exhibits that the aquarium offers!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport, OregonYaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.The interpretive center features exhibits on seabirds and marine life as well as human history from the headland. You can see the wheelhouse of an historic ship, check out a recreated rocky island and its inhabitants, and witness a full scale replica of the lighthouse lantern.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Otter Crest Loop, Depoe Bay, OregonThe rocky bluffs of this coastal stretch are dramatic along this winding three-mile section of the old Coast Highway, two miles south of Depoe Bay.Stop At: The Whale Watching Center, Depoe Bay, OregonWhile in Depot Bay you will have free time to whale watch, explore the quaint shops, and have lunch.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Cape Foulweather, Newport, OregonFrom atop Cape Foulweather, the visibility can extend 40 miles on a clear day. The view south to Yaquina Head and its lighthouse is a photographer’s fantasy of headlands, coves, and offshore monoliths. Bronze plaques in the parking lot tell of Captain Cook naming the 500-foot-high headland during a bout with storm-tossed seas on March 7, 1778. Comic relief from the coast’s parade of historical plaques comes with another tablet bearing the inscription, “On this site in 1897, nothing happened.”Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Newport, Oregon.Day 2: Newport to Eugene, OregonStop At: Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, OregonThis morning we will have breakfast in our hotel and then stop at the Yaquina Bay Bridge so that you can take pictures of this Newport icon. The bridge stands 135 feet above sea level, and spans 3,260 feet between downtown Newport and the South Beach area. The bridge was designed by Conde McCullough, designer of many bridges along U.S Route 101, and opened to the public on September 6th, 1936. The Yaquina Bay Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 2005.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Devil's Churn, Yachats, Oregon This deep chasm exposes the shoreline’s volcanic history and shows the relentless, violent power of the ocean. The chasm likely started as a narrow fracture or collapsed lava tube in the volcanic bedrock. Over many thousands of years under the constant pounding force of the ocean waves it’s now more than 80 feet wide where it opens at the ocean.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Yachats, OregonCape Perpetua is a large forested headland on the central Oregon Coast which projects into the Pacific Ocean. It’s part of the Siuslaw National Forest and it is a great place to experience towering trees looming through a coastal fog, frothy surf crashing upon jagged shores, and majestic headlands offering clear views for miles.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Thor's Well, Yachats, OregonAlso known as the drainpipe of the Pacific, the well is actually a hole in the rock that only appears to drain water from the ocean. In reality the huge hole is likely only around 20 feet deep. Even if the well is not quite as magic as it seems, it still manages to produce amazing sights (though not for the faint of heart!).Bob Creek- At this beach’s northern end, a creek sometimes blocks access to the rocky slabs at this end of this varied and intriguing spot. There are numerous tidepools and gooey sea objects to explore over there. On the southern side, the cobblestones and small, pointy rocks become more dominant. Agates and tide pool creatures are a big attraction, especially across the creek.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Florence Oregon Boardwalk Market, Florence, OregonNext we will visit the Historic Old Town district of Florence, an inland coastal village originally built on docks lining the Siuslaw river banks. With Florence’s long time logging and fishing history, it was positioned perfectly between the coastal forest range and the Pacific ocean, taking advantage of the easy river access.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel included. No accommodation included on this day.

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