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What route should we take to tour the Oregon Coast by RV?

For pure scenic traveling, it’s hard to beat the Oregon Coast where you will find one of the world’s greatest stretches of scenic byway (363 miles of Coast Highway/US 101) that leads to many great destinations. Although Highway 101 is primarily two lanes and winding in portions, it is probably the most popular byway for…

Can you name a rustic, upscale and secluded getaway for our honeymoon?

You’re throwing me a little with the combination of rustic, upscale and secluded; and the range of within 10 or 20 miles of the coast that is 363 miles long, but I do have a suggestion. Consider WildSpring Guest Habitat in Port Orford. I think it definitely qualifies as rustic and upscale cabins. I’m assuming…

Where is the best place to find seashells on the beach?

You can find seashells along most sandy stretches of the Oregon Coast. I feel timing and technique are the more critical aspects to beachcombing for shells rather than a specific location. For best success, I would suggest choosing less busy beaches, beachcombing during the offseason and being there at the right time (as the tide…

Is part of the Three Capes Scenic Loop closed?

Bayshore Drive that connects Bayocean Road to Cape Meares is closed indefinitely due to major slides (map), but you can still reach Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint by driving through Netarts and Oceanside via OR 131. You’ll just have to retrace your route back rather than doing a loop as you had planned. It’s only…

Is Lincoln City suitable for a quiet vacation with our dog in November?

Lincoln City has many pet friendly oceanfront options. A few that come to mind immediately include Surftides, The Coho and Chinook Winds Casino Resort. While all of these are larger resorts, November is a much quieter time on the Oregon Coast, so they may fit your preference for quiet and private. You may want to…

For photography, when are my chances of fog at the Coast the greatest?

Thanks for your question! I’m usually asked when is the “best” weather on the Oregon Coast or when to plan a trip when it’s not cloudy or foggy and I have to try to explain that sunny skies are not necessarily the best and certainly are not the most typical or interesting of the climatic…

For kids that have never seen the ocean, what places should we visit?

The Oregon Coast is 363 miles of family friendly, but there are some great stops known for being kid-rrific. The town of Seaside is one of Oregon’s first beach resort towns and it is still known as one of the best family destinations in the Pacific Northwest. There is a lot of family friendly shopping,…

What places on the Central and South Coast are wheelchair accessible?

Many of the top attractions and viewpoints on the Oregon Coast are wheelchair accessible. Here is a list of some of my favorite Central and South Coast areas that offer wheelchair accessibility: Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center: This is a facility operated by Oregon State Parks that is one of the best whale watching locations…

What’s the best time to see sea lion pups?

May and June is typically the birthing and pupping time for Steller sea lions. During this time, the sea lions usually seek offshore rocks, islands and reefs like those at Cape Arago and are less likely to be inside the Sea Lion Caves. You might see nursing pups on the rocky shelf, below the southern…

Where would you recommend to stay: Lincoln City or Pacific City?

If you want a more scenic coastal setting, choose Pacific City. If you want more tourism attractions and hospitality options, choose Lincoln City. Pacific City is a small town and is picturesque with the beach overlooking Cape Kiwanda and the offshore Haystack Rock. It has limited lodging choices. The go-to place is the Inn at…

Where should we stay for a romantic coastal getaway?

On the North Oregon Coast, Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach is one of the coast’s most luxurious lodging options. Cannon Beach offers quick access to scenic areas including miles of sandy beach, Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock and beautiful Ecola State Park. For a runner-up, the views of Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock can’t be beat…

Is it possible to hike the entire Oregon Coast?

You can hike the entire length of the Oregon Coast, but it is not reasonably possible to plan on staying in towns with lodging and restaurants each night. The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) offers a truly unique way to experience the spectacular views and natural areas along Oregon’s coastline, but it is not actually a…

Coming from California with three days to travel, how much of the Coast can I see?

With three days on the Oregon Coast, I would suggest spending a good portion of your first day between Brookings and Gold Beach. The Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor extends about 12 miles north from Brookings and includes several easy stops with rewarding views. My favorites are Whaleshead Beach, Natural Bridges and the Arch Rock…

What are the less-traveled agate beaches around Port Orford and Cape Blanco?

The beaches between Port Orford and Cape Blanco are, in general, less traveled relative to many other Oregon Coast beaches and this stretch of beach is known for good agate hunting. There are two primary public beach access areas in this area. Paradise Point State Recreation Site in the north end of Port Orford offers…

What is the best area for senior citizens on the Coast?

Most people visiting Oregon fly into Portland. If that’s your plan, you can reach the North Oregon Coast by car in about 90 minutes. Cannon Beach offers a good introduction to the Oregon Coast with long stretches of easily accessible beach, Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock, a small walkable downtown and nearby State Parks, notably Ecola…

What are the top 10 things to do on the Oregon Coast?

There are many things to see and do along the 363-mile Oregon Coast and without knowing your interests or if you are planning on concentrating on any specific region, let me give me my top picks along the entire Coast. The top 10 attractions I would recommend include (north to south): Astoria’s historic attractions including…

Which Central Coast town is best for secluded beaches and a laid-back vibe?

Consider Yachats as your destination. I think it fits your description and desires better than any town on the Central Oregon Coast. It’s a popular destination, but it’s definitely quieter than North Coast destinations like Seaside or Cannon Beach in mid-September. It’s just outside of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area where you will find more secluded…

Are dogs allowed on Oregon Coast beaches?

In general, most of Oregon’s beaches allow dogs. Some beaches within local enforcement areas may require that dogs be leashed and there are a few beaches that do not allow dogs or require leashes to protect wildlife. Inter-tidal areas designated as Marine Gardens by the State of Oregon require that dogs be leashed and a…

How can I see the Oregon Coast on a budget?

Oregon State Parks offer access to some of the most remarkable scenic views and natural areas on the Oregon Coast. Many of the Oregon Coast’s State Parks do not require day-use fees and of those, my favorites are Cape Meares, Seal Rock and Cape Arago. Those with day use fees that I would not hesitate…

What events are happening on the Oregon Coast at the end of summer?

Late-September through early-October is a great time to visit the Oregon Coast for outdoor recreation and wildlife spotting. With the large summer crowds gone, herds of Roosevelt Elk are frequently seen along the coast. If you’re interested in whale watching, I’d suggest Depoe Bay, where Oregon State Parks operates a Whale Watch Center, or Cape…