What is the best time of year to visit Oregon, drive along the scenic coast, antique…? –Gus
The Oregon Coast is different and spectacular in each season. Summer is the warmest and driest, but busiest time. Spring is beautiful with new growth on the foliage, blooming wildflowers and is good for enjoying birds and wildlife. Winter is a favorite for storm watchers and those who like it quiet and secluded. The ocean is a totally different experience in the winter with dramatic crashing waves. There are many savvy travelers that wait until after the summer rush (after Labor Day) and enjoy the usually beautiful Indian Summer and fall. I personally love mid-September to mid-October. There’s still a good chance of warm weather and it can be beautiful or dramatic with fog, mist and beautiful cloud formations.
If you like to antique along the way, I would suggest the quieter seasons. Lincoln City is known for it’s numerous antique stores. Astoria and Seaside also features several. Each February, Lincoln City hosts Antique Week – actually 10 days of antique sales and events. We just did a story on Antiquing in Lincoln City you can find HERE.
Hope this is helpful.
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A few years back my husband and I spent two weeks camping all the way from one end of Oregon coast to the other, in our 25′ trailer. The parks are clean and lovely, and many are in very picturesque settings. We visited every lighthouse, staying mostly in non commercial state parks. We don’t go in the rush season, hoping to get good camping spots cause we don’t like the pressure of making reservations way in advance. We love love love the Oregon coast. We live in Idaho, plan to go there this fall also. Love the chowder and Sea!
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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.