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My wife and I would like to see the best of the Oregon coast in two or three days. We’ll be doing it after visiting Ashland. Any suggestions? – Rev S.

I’d recommend you stick to the south and central coast, then, if you only have two or three days. I’d think you could enjoy the scenic Highway 42, from Ashland west to Bandon, then north on Highway, 101. If I had three days, two nights, I would probably spend the first night in Florence, see the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, have lunch in Yachats, then the second night in Newport, and spend the morning there (the Oregon Coast Aquarium, beautiful bridge, lovely bayfront) before heading west on Highway 20 to Interstate 5.

The town of Florence is known as the state’s center for rhododendrons. The annual rhododendron festival is May 18 – 20, 2012 this year. But the corridor of Highway 101 between Reedsport and Florence usually is awash in the flowers between May and June.

Answered by Niki Price on May 15th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

I am looking for a place to go to that is on the beach but not too far from Washington state to take my family to in the summer. Suggestions? – Alicia P.

You’re in luck, as Oregon’s north coast has plenty of places to stay at the beach.  You’ll find lots of rentals and hotels and lovely beaches in Pacific City, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Seaside, and Astoria (though Astoria is actually about a 10 miles inland, it’s the closes to Washington – right across the river!).

Answered by Dave Strom on May 15th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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Are there tour destinations from Portland to Astoria?

There are several routes you could take to Astoria from Portland. If you take Highway 30, there aren’t too many tourist destinations, but there are a few viewpoints over the Columbia River. Highway 26 is another option, and along that route you’ll find various viewpoints and parks that are worth visiting, also places like Camp 18, which is a strange but delightful restaurant/logging museum.  And you can’t miss it – it’s right on the highway.

If you take Highway 6 to the coast to Tillamook, you should visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory! And then proceed up Highway 101 to Astoria.  On 101 you’ll find lots of parks and towns that are worth visiting.

Answered by Dave Strom on May 15th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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We have four days off and four kids, about six hundred bucks and want to camp in a yurt but close to places for us to do cheap stuff with the kids ages from six to thirteen. Do you have any recomendations? – Jennie H.

If it were me, I would definitely try South Beach State Park, just south of the bridge in Newport. It has both yurts and tent camping, an educational program and pretty easy access to the beach. It is also next to a paved path that will take you down the jetty and under the bridge to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, a bit of shopping and the Rogue Brewery. There’s also a glass blowing studio (might break your budget to do, but fun to watch) and a great crab shack, all on that side of the bridge. The distances might be far for the 6-year-old but you could conceivably bike or walk around. There’s also plenty to see and do on the other side of the bridge, including two lighthouses, the artsy Nye Beach Area.

Answered by Niki Price on May 7th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

Any suggestion where I might go by myself during this spring break? – Shane

If I were you… I’d head to the coast on the Greyhound Bus because there is something there I think you’d love to do! Sand Boarding! I haven’t been duning but my husband and son have and they had a blast!  Florence is the best place to go sand duning and so I hope you check it  out and that it works for you!  And about food… well, try the Waterfront Depot and Bar! They’ve seafood and steaks on the menu!

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

What are the fishing opportunities on the Oregon coast the last week of April. I assume steelhead will be over. Would a charter for bottom fish be worthwhile?

There are a few opportunities for fishing the last week of April on the Oregon coast. Sea perch start to move into the bays, the coastal lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow trout by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and there are a few winter steelhead around but it is the end of the run. And yes, if the seas are calm there is charter fishing.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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We are driving to Port Orford to visit the prehistoric gardens, then to Bandon for the Wildlife Zoo and then working our way back to Tillamook. We are looking for some special sights and sounds to visit on Highway 101. We’ve been to the lighthouses on the Oregon coast but are wondering about some not so common sights.What do you recommend?

If you’re doing the Prehistoric Gardens and the wildlife park, you would probably like the Sea Lion Caves, between Florence and Yachats on Highway 101. And, if you’re looking for unusual sights on Highway 101 as you head north, look for:

  1. Otter Crest Loop, between Newport and Depoe Bay
  2. Boiler Bay — especially at really low tides, you can see the boiler!
  3. The Glassblowing Studio in Lincoln City
  4. Proposal Rock in Neskowin
  5. Munson Falls, about 10 miles south of Tillamook
  6. Blue Heron Cheese Factory (petting farm!) just south of the big cheese factory in Tillamook
Answered by Niki Price on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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Can you surf in Oregon? Do you have to reserve in advance accomodation? – Francois C.

You certainly can surf in Oregon, but you’ll need a wetsuit, booties and a hood as well as a board. You’ll also need to know a lot about the local swells and weather, so you should check in at the local surf shop before you go. They usually have full rental packages (between $100 and $150 a day) and the latest swells and location dish. There’s plenty of camping in Oregon State Parks. You can reserve spots through their website.

We live on the central coast. My husband is an enthusiastic beginning surfer, and he usually goes to Otter Rock (just north of Newport). Our favorite local shop is Ossie’s in Newport, but Oregon Surf Shop in Lincoln City is good, too. Stay stoked!

Answered by Niki Price on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

We hope to drive from San Francisco, CA to Portland along the coast but only have four days. Is that enough time to enjoy the most outstanding features? Will a standard medium size car do the trick? – Ethel

I think that four days is enough time, but you might consider taking the fast, inland route up 1-5 from San Francisco to Medford and Grants Pass, Oregon. Then, head west to Coos Bay — that would be a day’s journey by itself, but once you got there, you could slow down and really enjoy the coastline with its many dramatic vistas, seafood restaurants and beaches. You could turtle all the way up to Astoria, if you liked, and then follow the Columbia River back to Portland. If you spent three days in that 8 hour drive, you would have time for cheap but wonderful things like hiking, picnics and leisurely beach-combing. And you won’t need a four-wheel drive car. A medium sized car or even a compact car would be fine. We have pavement!

Answered by Niki Price on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

I would like to take a tour to the Oregon coast from Portland but I have only 5 to 6 hours for this trip. I would love to stop at Astoria first and then to the coast, but I have no idea where to go next. Could you suggest any interesting attractions or beaches?

Five to six hours might be just enough time. You can get to Astoria on Highway 30 from Portland in about 2 hours.  From there you can travel south on 101 to Seaside, Cannon Beach, etc., and return to Portland on Highway 26 – which is again about a 2 hour trip.  On 101 you’ll have plenty of opportunities to pull over at scenic viewpoints or to stop in towns or at parks. If you have slightly more time I’d recommend staying on 101 south all the way to Tillamook, home of the famous cheese factory, and then return to Portland via Highway 6.

Answered by Dave Strom on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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