Oregon’s Maritime Marvels: Shipwrecks, Lighthouses & Wildlife

Discover the Oregon coast off the beaten path as you learn about tide pools, Lewis and Clark, ocean mammals, early immigrants and shipwrecks at lighthouses, museums and more.
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Program No. 23347RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

On this coastal journey along Northern Oregon’s majestic coast, travel in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as you learn about their final stop before setting out for their journey back to the east. Explore the region’s maritime history at museums and lighthouses, and learn about local marine life and habitats at marine centers and aquariums. Along the way, you’ll have free time to explore the quaint and creative coastal towns, get to know the city of Portland and take long walks on the beach to see the sun set over the Pacific. Plus, taste the region’s seafood and sample some Willamette Valley wines at a local vineyard!
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Astoria Column overlooking the Columbia River as you learn about the first American settlement west of the Rockies.
  • Discover Cape Disappointment overlooking the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean to learn about the final days of Lewis and Clark’s journey west.
  • Visit two Oregon lighthouses, including the 1889 Cape Meares Lighthouse, Oregon’s shortest lighthouse, which sits atop a 217-foot cliff.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Oregon's Beach and Bottle Bills: The Inside Story
by Paul Hanneman
These two landmark legislative acts have helped to shape Oregon.
Lighthouses & Lifesaving on the Oregon Coast
by David Pinyerd
A commemorative book about the true heroes on the Oregon Coast who served in protecting and rescuing those who went out to sea.
Oregon Lighthouses
by Sharlene & Ted Nelson
A guide to the grand lighthouses along the beautiful Oregon Coast. - Amazon.com Editorial Review
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast
by Jim Pojar & Andy MacKinnon
This is the resource for Northwest Coast flora. If you are interested in the trees, wildflowers, and other plants of the Oregon Coast, this is the only book that has them all.
Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
by David Allen Sibley
When it comes to the many birds that frequent the Oregon Coast, no guidebook is more complete than Sibley's little handbook. With wonderful illustrations and plenty of information, this is a birdwatching essential on the coast.
Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges
by Judy Fleagle & Richard Knox Smith
The smattering of bridges along Oregon's Coastal Highway 101 are treasures of architecture and coastal history. This book gives bridge lovers plenty of information on the coast's iconic bridges and the man who designed them.
The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest
by J. Duane Sept
This is possibly the most concise guide to the myriad of intertidal zone creatures you may encounter on the Oregon Coast. It's not exhaustive, but it is pocket-sized and complete enough to help you identify and appreciate the creatures of the shoreline.

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