There are countless amazing places to visit in Oregon, but choosing where to start isn’t always easy. Experience Oregon’s incredible scenery, history, and food scene firsthand and learn all about it from fun, friendly experts on an unforgettable tour. From exploring a beautiful cave to tasting wine in the Willamette Valley, here are 10 amazing tours everyone in Oregon should take:
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10. The Oregon Caves
Touring the amazing Oregon Caves is a truly unforgettable experience. This 90 minute walking tour will take you through incredible underground caverns full of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. You'll get to learn about the amazing natural history of the cave as well as witness its otherworldly beauty firsthand. Tours are offered from spring through fall and cost $10 for an adult, with discounts for children and seniors.
9. Canby Farm Loop
Be your own tour guide on the lovely Canby Farm Loop, which leads you past 20 stunning farms where you can stop and experience Oregon's bucolic countryside. Taste wine from local vineyards, pick fruit from a U-Pick farm, meet farm animals, and more. Here's a photo of one of the spectacular farm stops, the amazing Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.
8. The Portland Spirit
See Portland from the unique perspective of the amazing, historic Portland Spirit. This lovely boat travels along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and offers "Explorer Tours" through Portland or the Columbia River Gorge as well as lunch, brunch, and dinner cruises, sightseeing cruises, and more.
7. Pendleton Underground Tours
Did you know that there is a hidden network of tunnels underneath the town of Pendleton? These underground tunnels were once the site of Pendleton's own "Red Light District," and nowadays you can take a fascinating guided tour through the underground district to learn about this lesser-known part of Oregon's past. Admission is only $15 per person.
6. Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum has all kinds of incredible art, from historic paintings to pop art sculptures. The museum offers free public tours to visitors (with the cost of admission) on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Check the calendar on their website to find out about specific themed tours and other events.
5. Whale Watching
For an unforgettable experience on the Oregon coast, take to the sea on a whale watching charter. It's not a conventional "tour," but you'll get to sail around on the beautiful Pacific Ocean and (probably) catch a glimpse of some awesome wildlife which may include whales, orcas, birds, and more. There are many different companies that offer these excursions; Depoe Bay has the most options, including Whale's Tail Charters, Whale Research EcoExcursions, and more.
4. Portland Beer Tour
Portland has more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, so it makes sense that we'd have some awesome beer tours. See how beer is made and taste the many variations of Portland brews. There are numerous companies offering unique tours, including BeerQuest PDX, Brewvana, and BrewCycle, among others.
3. Tillamook Cheese Factory
Ever wondered how Oregon's delicious Tillamook Cheese is made? This famous cheese company is located in Tillamook County, and produces 171,000 pounds of tasty cheese every day! Take a free, self guided tour through the facility and taste a variety of fresh made cheese. Afterwards, you can stop in to their very own ice creamery for a treat.
2. Forktown Food Tours
Forktown Food Tours is an awesome Portland-based company that offers visitors the chance to experience the amazing variety of delicious food in Portland. The tour stops at some of the best restaurants, food carts, chocolatiers, and ice cream shops around, offering lots of incredible taste tests along the way. Choose a neighborhood, reserve a spot on the tour, and be sure to come hungry.
1. Willamette Valley Wine Tour
One of the best ways to experience Oregon's beautiful, bountiful wine country is on a Willamette Valley wine tour. Drive through the rolling, bucolic countryside, see how wine is made, taste incredible wine samples, and relax in a beautiful setting with a glass of whichever one you liked best. There are many companies that offer awesome wine country tours, including Backroads Wine Tours, Evergreen Escapes, Beautiful Willamette Tours, Grape Escape, and more.
Here's a photo from the Colene Clemens Vineyards, featured on the Backroads Wine Tour.