If I had 3 days in Oregon, where would I travel to? Love sun, water and rock formations. Love to eat seafood (especially shell fish).

Sounds like you need to plan a trip to the Oregon Coast! If sun is an important part of the equation, you should plan your trip for July, August or September. Of course, the coast is spectacular no matter what the weather, but those are the months with the best chance of dry days and sunny skies. The rocks, water and seafood are the easy part. The Oregon Coast is known for its coastline punctuated by nearly 2000 sea stacks and small islands that are all part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. They are great areas for exploring tidepools and watching birds, marine life and crashing waves. On the North Oregon Coast, the state’s most famous landmark is Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. From Cannon Beach, you can also see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse built on a small rock a mile from the shore. Pacific City also has a Haystack Rock a little further offshore and the beautifully sculpted sandstone headland, Cape Kiwanda. On the Central Oregon Coast, Seal Rocks is named for it’s rock formations at the edge of the shoreline. Other great geologic formations include Devil’s Punchbowl in Otter Rock and Devil’s Churn in the Cape Perpetual Scenic Area near Yachats. On the South Oregon Coast, the beach at Bandon offers numerous rock formations. These are just a few examples. Here’s a recent story we did on the Oregon Coast’s sea stacks.

Wherever you choose to go on the coast you will find great, fresh seafood. Dungeness Crab, oysters and razor clams are among the Pacific shellfish delicacies you will find. If you’d like to provide more information on what area of the coast you are interested in or where you are coming from, I can make some more specific recommendations. I hope this helps for now.

October 16th, 2012

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  1. hoang says…


    I am from Vietnam and this is my first time to Oregon, i’d like to look for a 2-3 day package tour in Portland, please help advise how can i manage this tour?

    Written on June 17th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  2. Gary Hayes says…

    Hoang: There are a variety of private tour companies that offer bus tours from Portland to the North Oregon Coast, but most are one-day trips. It is possible to put your own tour together using a three-day bus pass from North by Northwest Connector, a partnership between multiple transportation districts on the Oregon Coast. Check out their information here: http://www.nworegontransit.org/howtoride

    I also found this three-day tour: https://www.getyourguide.com/oregon-l951/oregon-coastal-package-from-portland-to-lincoln-city-t30241/

    Written on June 21st, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  3. Ryan Flynn says…

    Hike along the Eagle crest trail for waterfalls and a marvelous canyon view.

    Written on September 7th, 2016 / Flag this Comment

About Ask Oregon Expert Gary Hayes

Gary Hayes is publisher of Coast Explorer Magazine and founder of Explorer Media Group, a travel media and marketing company based in Seaside. Gary is a native Oregonian whose earliest memories include working on his grandfather’s fishing boat on the Oregon Coast. Now living in Cannon Beach, Gary is an extensively published photographer and writer focusing on the Oregon Coast and the Northwest's food and wine culture. He also serves as Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards.

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