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Better Day Trip - Vineyard tour or Coast hike?

Boston...
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Better Day Trip - Vineyard tour or Coast hike?

I'm planning a long weekend in Portland, and the first day will be biking and hiking along the Gorge and waterfalls. My second day I'm torn between a tour of the vineyards or hiking around the coast. How strenuous are the trails along the coast and how far are they from downtown?

Yuma, Arizona
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1. Re: Better Day Trip - Vineyard tour or Coast hike?

what are your dates...if in the summer could be cold on the beach but ideal for wine, if in the fall, the coast, you will be disappointed in how we celebrate the fall in oregon. There two strenuous hikes if you like both are about equal in distance from Portland. Oregon is still working on a 101 trail to bring folks like yourself who would like to be tourist on the hiking trail

Boston...
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2. Re: Better Day Trip - Vineyard tour or Coast hike?

Our dates are 9/28-10/1.

Florence, Oregon
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3. Re: Better Day Trip - Vineyard tour or Coast hike?

For a nice daytrip out to the coast go out to Cannon Beach by way of Highway 26. Take Highway 101 South to the North end of Tillamook. If you think that you have the time go out to Cape Meares Lighthoue and back to Tillamook, about 20 minutes each way. From the North end of Tillamook take Highway 6 back toward Portland.

Yuma, Arizona
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4. Re: Better Day Trip - Vineyard tour or Coast hike?

neahkahnie mountain and nehalem spit . best time of the year to be on the coast, if our weather settles in correctly.

Cascade head due west of Salem, and many easy to access wine country roads on the way back and if you go to Cascade head, you will be traveling thru the heart of wine country. May want to leave portland in the dark so you won't be tempted to stop on the way to Cascade head, on hwy 18, then work your way back on 18 to portland. , making back in time to see the lights on the Portland bridges as you come in from the south.

Yuma, Arizona
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5. Re: Better Day Trip - Vineyard tour or Coast hike?

you could also do some hiking in the salem area then head up 99w into the heart of wine country. Salem has a downtown park that is a straight shot from the freeway. Is a preserve of what the valley looked like before settlement. Start on the east end in the oak forest and the circle hike around , thru the sheep meadow, up the hill to statue, then into the tall massive oak trees, slope down to historic homes and soap box derby track and back to parking lot, then two blocks west, , 4 blocks north, , two more blocks west at the rive front park to see the Willamette river up close, the acid ball and what ever history you may wish to explore. Then head west to the coast, two blocks away to on ramp, and travel west till 99w north. as you begin north to your left is basket slough, a good hike, not pedestrian , loops thru oaks and then leave loop to vantage point of bird refugee and long view of the art of the Missoula flood.

then head north on 99w into wine country.

Boston...
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6. Re: Better Day Trip - Vineyard tour or Coast hike?

Thanks so much all! This is great information.

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