Oregon March 31, 2016
Where This Awesome Oregon Coast Road Trip Will Take You Is Unforgettable
Summer is just around the corner, which makes now the perfect time to start planning some unforgettable road trips. What better way could there be to celebrate the sunshine than with an awesome road trip along the coast? Oregon’s Pacific Coast is absolutely stunning. From gorgeous beaches and dramatic cliffs to scenic highways and charming seaside towns, the Oregon coast will dazzle you and drop your jaw.
No matter where your starting point is, everyone can enjoy this awesome road trip. Simply get on Route 101 and head North or South for as many miles as your heart desires. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite landmarks and destinations to check out along the way, as well as charming seaside towns to stay the night in.
link to the map we created.
First stop: Astoria
Located in the Northwesternmost corner of Oregon, Astoria is a beautiful city with amazing history, restaurants, and scenery. Astoria is also home to many incredible hotels and B&Bs like the award-winning Cannery Pier Hotel, photographed above. While you're in the area, be sure to also check out the nearby Ecola State Park and Fort Stevens State Park.
Cannon Beach is an absolute must see. This cute little town is right on the ocean where you'll find miles of stunning beaches as well as the famous Haystack Rock.
A bit further down the 101 you'll find Pacific City, a lovely town with an amazing coastline. Check out the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area to see some of the most unique scenery on the coast.
While you're in Newport, be sure to check out the awesome Oregon Coast Aquarium and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.
Yachats is a wonderful, charming seaside village with amazing food, culture, and nature. Just south of Yachats is the beautiful Heceta Head Lighthouse, which doubles as a B&B. Be sure to also check out the nearby Cape Perpetua.
Florence is a historic coastal town with great seafood and beautiful scenery. It's also home to the Sea Lion Caves - a beautiful natural wonder that happens to be the biggest sea cave in America.
The Oregon Dunes
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is out-of-this-world beautiful. Spend the day exploring this amazing place, full of rolling sand dunes, lovely beaches, lakes, and more. This is a great place to go camping as well.
Shore Acres State Park
Make a stop at Shore Acres State Park, a beautiful park located just south of Coos Bay. Stroll through the serene botanical gardens or look out over dramatic cliffs where whales can often be spotted.
Bandon is a wonderful little town, and it's basically heaven on earth for lovers of golf. You can grab a cup of coffee at a cute cafe, walk along sandy beaches dotted with amazing sea stacks, and enjoy world-class golf courses in this charming town.
On the southernmost stretch of the Oregon coast, you'll find the beautiful town of Brookings as well as dramatic cliffs, rocky shorelines, and some amazing hiking trails. Be sure to check out the Natural Bridges, photographed above. This viewpoint can be reached by a brief, scenic hike and the landscape is absolutely enchanting.
How many of these places have you visited? What are some other great spots to check out on the Oregon coast?