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Oregon Tours and Scenic Drives

Oregon has so many things to do.  Taking a tour or scenic drive can be a great way to spend time in Oregon.  If you plan to visit Oregon and take one of these tours or scenic drives, be sure to look to the left of the listings below for a link to one of our premier lodging properties.

Albany

Master Gardener's Garden Tour
Bring your sketch pad as you tour the garden of the masters. View the labors of love bestowed on these beautiful gardens by their owners and creators. See Albany Visitors Assoc for tickets/map. 250 Broadalbin St., SW, Suite 110 (541)-928-0991 or 800-526-2256. 

  

Monteith Historical District Landscape Tour
This self guided tour takes approximately one hour and leads you through this nationally registered historic district. See Albany Visitors Assoc for brochure and detailed directions. 250 Broadalbin St., SW, Suite 110 (541)-928-0991 or 800-526-2256. 

Willamette Valley Covered Bridge Tour
A tour of "kissing bridges". Although they were built to protect their wooden platforms from Western Oregon's abundant rainfall, covered bridges also became known for protecting couples in search of a little privacy And thus, these bridges earned themselves the nickname "kissing bridges." Set out via car or bike to tour a dozen of Oregon's remaining covered bridges, showcased on these two loops that surround the Albany and Cottage Grove areas just off I-5. And relive the romance.

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Ashland

South Cascades and Mountain Lakes Tour
This 40- mile tour takes you to several mountain lakes, including Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes. There are opportunities to fish, boat or canoe, and rental services are available at many of the lakes. This tour is especially well-suited to the nature lover, and photographic opportunities abound. Estimated travel time: 2 hours.

Historic Jacksonville Route
This 24-mile route travels from Ashland through the Rogue Valley's pear and apple orchards on your way to the historic city of Jacksonville. Known as the first place gold was discovered in Oregon, Jacksonville is one of the only eight cities in the U.S. named as a National Historic Landmark. There are 85 historic homes and buildings in Jacksonville, old-time trolley tours, lodging, shops and restaurants. Estimated travel time: 2 hours

South Cascades Route
This 140-mile route travels along Highway 66, one of Oregon's "Historic and Scenic" highways. Pine and fir forests along the route open to reveal small sub-alpine meadows and vistas. Turning northwest the route (Highway 140) skirts Klamath Lake. Lake of the woods and Fish Lake as well as seven U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds are situated near the summit of the Cascades on this route. The southern Cascade Route returns to Interstate5 heading west and then south on Highway 62. Estimated travel time: Full day.

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Astoria

Astoria Riverfront Trolley
Riverfront between Basin & 36th Streets  Astoria  OR
Learn about Astoria's history and local attractions as this restored 1914 trolley travels three miles along the Columbia River. Round trip takes about 40 minutes.

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Baker City

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Come find awesome scenic grandeur in Baker County.  The 208-mile drive known as the Hells Canyon National Scenic Byway is also registered as an All-American Road.  Youíll understand why when you begin the adventure in Baker City and forge into the majestic Wallowa Mountains of Northeast Oregon.   Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America, is sharply contrasted by the 10,000-feet-high peaks of the Wallowas.  Donít miss this trip!  Best time to travel these narrow winding roads is June-October, after that many of the roads may be closed by snow. Put aside a good 7-8 hours to make this trip.

Elkhorn Drive National Scenic Byway
West of historical Baker City the Elkhorn Mts. and the Wallowa-Whitman national Forest are packed with history, scenery, recreation and geology spelled "GOLD"). Visit ghost towns ride a restored train, climb mountain peaks, boat, fish, shop or just relax in the clean mountain air, this 3-5 hour drive has it all! A 106 mile loop takes you through history and the gold rush days of Eastern Oregon and a region packed with biological treasures, Summer and Fall (after July 4th) are the the best times to make sure all the roads are open. There's not much gold left up here these days, but their is a wealth of adventure!

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Bandon

Bandon Cheese Factory Tours
Highway 101  Brandon  OR  USA  97411
Sample a wide variety of cheeses including garlic, cajun and onion cheddar, as well as monterey jack and colby. After your done sampling, watch workers making cheese through the viewing windows, or visit the gift store where you can purchase the cheese of your choice.

Bandon Scenic Ocean Views
This five-mile tour can take you just a few minutes, or if you prefer you can make a real outing of it. Start with a short walking tour of historic Old Town Bandon. The drive starts by traveling along the Coquille River to the Coquille River Museum located in the historic Coast Guard building. The South Jetty County Park is along the route for picnicking, and offers many easy access points to the beach. A lighthouse can be seen from the park. The route returns to Highway 101 via Face Rock Viewpoint State Park. Estimated travel time: 2 hours.

Powers Route
This 100-mile loop tour takes you through the country that made Oregon famous. From an ocean view at Gold Beach, the route travels to the small rural community of Powers. The route parallels the Rogue River. The Illinois River joins the Rogue at the small community of Agness. The rivers form a gorge of unsurpassed beauty. There is abundant wildlife, plus recreational opportunities, including whitewater rafting and boating, hiking along the Rogue River trail and excellent fishing. Upon reaching Highway 42 the route travels through Myrtle Point and Coquille. The route then courses down the broad, meandering Coquille River Valley. Highway 42-S is a State of Oregon Scenic Highway. The route ends at Bandon on Highway 101. Ten miles of the route is gravelled, with some narrow, single lane sections to watch for. Estimated travel time: one day.

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Cave Junction

Oregon Caves / Winery Tour
This 44-mile tour begins in the heart of the Illinois Valley at Cave Junction. Route 46 through the Siskiyou National Forest takes you to Oregon Caves National Monument. Food and lodging are available in the lodge located steps from the caves. Upon leaving the Oregon Caves travel back on Highway 46 to Siskiyou Winery. Turn south on Holland Loop Road and continue to Foris Winery and Bridgeview Winery. Estimated travel time: 3 hours.

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Coos Bay

Charleston Harbor / Seven Devils Loop
This four mile loop tour can take you about three hours, or as long as you like. Begin at either the North Bend Information Center/Coos County Historical Museum or the Coos Bay Information Center/Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. Work your way along the route to the quaint fishing village of Charleston at the mouth of the Bay. You will be able to fish from a dock, engage in clamming or crabbing or take a charter boat. A short sidetrip west from Charleston will take you to Bastendorff Beach and Sunset Bay Parks where you can beachcomb, explore tide pools and view spectacular sunsets. This trip also takes you to historic Shore Acres Gardens. Enjoy panoramic views of Cape Arago Lighthouse. Then after this side trip, proceed south to Bandon, stopping at the South Slough Estuarine Sanctuary Interpretive Center along the way. Estimated travel time: 3 hours.

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Cottage Grove

Willamette Valley Covered Bridge Tour
A tour of "kissing bridges". Although they were built to protect their wooden platforms from Western Oregon's abundant rainfall, covered bridges also became known for protecting couples in search of a little privacy And thus, these bridges earned themselves the nickname "kissing bridges." Set out via car or bike to tour a dozen of Oregon's remaining covered bridges, showcased on these two loops that surround the Albany and Cottage Grove areas just off I-5. And relive the romance.

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Grants Pass

City Historic Tours
Take a guided walking tour of historic Grants Pass and share its colorful history. The Josephine County Historical Society is housed in the historic Schmidt House at the corner of 5th and "J" streets. The house contains many interesting collections of books, photos and maps. The reading and conference rooms of their research library are open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday-Friday.

Scenic Applegate Valley Tour
This 40-mile tour takes you through Grants Pass and the quaint communities of Applegate, Ruch and Murphy. Wine tasting is available at Valley View Winery near Ruch. Jacksonville, known for being a National Landmark City, features over 85 historic buildings and homes. This route takes you back through the countryside and rejoins Interstate 5 at Central Point (Exit 32). Estimated travel time: 3 hours.

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Klamath Falls

Klamath County Loop Drives
Northern Loop -- 54 miles of spectacular mountain beauty in Central Oregon's High Desert. All seasons offer great recreation opportunities. Begin in Chemult and see Miller Lake, then drive north to Hwy. 58. Crescent Lake and Odell Lake are fishing havens; current events can be obtained at the Willamette Pass Visitor Center. Double back to Crescent Lake Junction to Crescent Road to visit Crescent and Historic Gilchrist.
Upper Loop -- From Klamath Falls, a 93-mile loop encompassing nature trails, trophy fishing spots, canoe trips through a refuge, Mares Eggs botanical area, an extra loop to Crater Lake. Then, stop by the Fort Klamath Museum or collier Logging Museum for a history lesson.
Lava Beds Loop -- South from Klamath Falls for a 110-mile loop including Bald Eagles, the Applegate Immigrant Trail and National Wildlife Refuge on Highway 161. Explore the caves at Lava Beds National Monument, site of the Modoc Indian War, 1872-73.

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La Grande

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Come find awesome scenic grandeur in Baker County.  The 208-mile drive known as the Hells Canyon National Scenic Byway is also registered as an All-American Road.  Youíll understand why when you begin the adventure in Baker City and forge into the majestic Wallowa Mountains of Northeast Oregon.   Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America, is sharply contrasted by the 10,000-feet-high peaks of the Wallowas.  Donít miss this trip!  Best time to travel these narrow winding roads is June-October, after that many of the roads may be closed by snow. Put aside a good 7-8 hours to make this trip.

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Medford

Harry and David Tours
Rivers of chocolate and the aroma of spice cakes are a few delights you'll experience when you tour Harry and David, America's foremost purveyor of gourmet food and fruit gifts. Tours begin and end at Harry and David's Country Village, Exit 27 Interstate 5.

Oregon Farm & Wine Tours
This unique self-drive adventure offers a "from farm to table" perspective. On the tour (look for their signs) you'll visit the vineyards and the wineries that produce world-class wines. Enrich your own wine cellar and your knowledge by buying ' at the source'. You can also visit orchards and packing plants. Tour members are proud of their salad dressings, homegrown jams and jellies, fresh vegetables, classic cheeses, delicious tortas and other specialty food items. A complete tour map available on the website.

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North Bend

Charleston Harbor / Seven Devils Loop
This four mile loop tour can take you about three hours, or as long as you like. Begin at either the North Bend Information Center/Coos County Historical Museum or the Coos Bay Information Center/Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. Work your way along the route to the quaint fishing village of Charleston at the mouth of the Bay. You will be able to fish from a dock, engage in clamming or crabbing or take a charter boat. A short sidetrip west from Charleston will take you to Bastendorff Beach and Sunset Bay Parks where you can beachcomb, explore tide pools and view spectacular sunsets. This trip also takes you to historic Shore Acres Gardens. Enjoy panoramic views of Cape Arago Lighthouse. Then after this side trip, proceed south to Bandon, stopping at the South Slough Estuarine Sanctuary Interpretive Center along the way. Estimated travel time: 3 hours.

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Pendleton

Pendleton Underground Tours
37 S.W. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton OR 97801, phone: 800-226-6398
Pendleton Underground Tours ( P.U.T.) is a non-profit corporation that started in 1989, giving tours of Pendleton's red light district. The tour was very controversial because part of the subject matter is about gambling, the Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. In 1990, after opening the "Cozy Rooms" bordello, Chinese jails and the Opium Den, the tour became even more questionable. The history of legal and illegal businesses operating in the same area for over 100 years makes the tour unique and like no other tour anywhere. The history of the Chinese in Eastern Oregon and their role in building the west is also unique. The tour is entertaining and interesting to all ages from 6 years old to 95 years old there is something for every member of the family.

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Redmond

Crooked River Dinner Train
P O Box 387, Redmond, OR 97756, phone: (541) 548-8630
The Crooked River Railroad is an 1800's Western Theme Dinner Train, featuring characters from the wild west. On your three hour journey back in time look for deer, cattle, and cowboys as you ride through Central Oregon's beautiful Crooked River Valley, with jagged rim-rock, lush fields, and 19 miles of high desert terrain. The staff will entertain you the moment you step aboard the western dinner train and take you back 100 years ago when trains were robbed and murder was the way of the wild, wild west.

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Roseburg

Rogue / Umpqua Scenic Byway
This 180-mile tour takes you past Diamond Lake, along the wild Umpqua and Rogue rivers with their riffles and pools that sport world-class fly fishing, and to waterfalls, parks and campgrounds. Hiking, biking, and rafting adventures await when you discover the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway area.  Follow the National Byway signs along this special Discovery Drive. Estimated travel time: Full day.

Umpqua Valley Winery Route
You can visit six wineries on this 35-mile drive in the beautiful Umpqua Valley. You can taste award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling as well as unique blends. Tasting rooms are open most of the year, and many wineries offer picnic facilities. This tour also brings you to the River Forks Park, an excellent place for picnicking and water activities. The Wildlife Safari Game Park is also en route, where you can see exotic animals right from your car. Follow the blue and white "Winery Tour Route" signs. Ask for a detailed map of the route from any of the wineries or the Roseburg Chamber of Commerce. Estimated travel time: 6 hours. If you prefer you can break this up into two shorter loop trips.

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Springfield

Springfield Containerboard (Weyerhaeuser) Factory Tour
Tour a working paper mill and see wood turned into paper on this factory tour. Wood pulp is transformed from slurry into reels of Kraft paper for use as cardboard boxes, in this factory. Tour times: Mondays and Fridays at 9a.m., closed holidays and weekends and on selected days in April and October.  Tour location: Springfield Containerboard (Weyerhaeuser ) 785 North 42nd. Street, Springfield, OR 97478. Tour duration: 1.5 hours. More details: Call (541) 741-5478. Restrictions: Children must be able to walk and wear earplugs and hard-hats. No strollers. No open-toes footwear. There is stair climbing and extensive walking inside and outside the factory on this tour. Call for more information and other restrictions.

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Winchester Bay

Driving Tour
This three-mile tour begins at Highway 101 and Salmon Harbor Drive and heads west into Winchester Bay. Charter boats are available for salmon and bottom fishing, and for whale watching in season. Crab can be caught off the dock in the harbor. Bass, perch and cod can be caught off the jetty one mile west on Salmon Harbor Drive. The beach, one mile south of the jetty, is a great place to collect driftwood. Return to Highway 101 past the Umpqua Lighthouse and whale watching lookout. The Coastal Visitor Center near the lighthouse is open May through September, Wednesday through Sunday. This route returns you to the highway through the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. Estimated travel time: 1 hour.

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Yachats

Heceta Lighthouse
DAY TOURS: July - September, 11 am - 5 pm daily / mid-March - June, 11 am - 3 pm daily LIGHT KEEPER'S HOUSE: Open Noon - 5 pm, Thurs-Mon, July - Labor Day. Day use fee, $3 per vehicle, annual permit, or Oregon Coast Passport. For tours information: 541-547-3416.

Audubon Ten-Mile Creek Sanctuary Tours
Learn about restoration and coastal temperate rain forest with Manager Paul Engelmeyer, 541-547-4227. Variable price for tour groups.

Old Rose Garden Tours
May - August. Enjoy a tour of an old rose garden at Bramble and Rose, 2536 Hwy 101, Yachats (just north of the village on the east side of the highway.)

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