Oregon Coast Journals

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (Oregon)

A travel journal to Oregon Coast by AnaMH

Ecola State Park Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon More Photos
Quote: Why rush through the 350 miles of this Scenic Byway and miss the opportunity to have a relaxing picnic listening to the waves crash into shore or even the chance to look for whales or sea lions along the way. Take it slow and enjoy every town and viewpoint!

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (Oregon)

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Overview

Family Fun At Broadman State Park Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon
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A stop at Ecola State Park is a must. The views are incredible, especially at sunrise or sunset. Stroll one lazy afternnon through the shops and galleries at Cannon Beach. Sample Tillammok cheese!

Quick Tips:

The season with the less traffic is Fall. The best time for Whale watching is Spring and Winter. The best weather is during the summer months.

There are many parks and many rest stops along the way so take advantage of them. Bring a raincoat and umbrella.

Best Way To Get Around:

The best way to experience this wonderful Byway is by driving slow and making every stop you see. Walk the beaches, quaint towns, State Parks and even the Sand Dunes.

Westin/Salishan Lodge & Golf Resort

Hotel | "Westin/Salishan Lodge & Golf Resort"

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The rooms were excellent. Many have golf course views and fireplaces. The service is amazing. Their Thanksgiving Dinner is famous. Make reservations weeks in advance.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2000

Westin/Salishan Lodge & Golf Resort
7760 Hwy 101
Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Get a room with a view of Haystack Rock! Rooms on ocean side have private balconies. Open the doors at night and listen to the ocean.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2000

Hallmark Resort
1400 S Hemlock Street
Oregon Coast, Oregon
1(888) 448-4445

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The great festival is held in early part of February. It's a real fun time. What more can be said about this...Whales and Wine! Excellent.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2000

Annual Whale of a Wine Festival
Downtown & beach
Oregon Coast, Oregon

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This is a festival that has it all. There are more Rhododendrons then you'll know what to do with! Food, fun, music and a good sized crowd make this annual festival a great way to spend the weekend.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2000

Florence Rhododendron Festival
Downtown
Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Good music by a beautiful ocean. Need I say more! A bit of jazz, a splash of folk and a heck of a lot more good music.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2000

Annual Yachats Music Festival
Downtown
Oregon Coast, Oregon

Astoria to Cannon Beach

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Story/Tip

Haystack Rock Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon
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The scenic byway begins in Astoria. Astoria is home to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. On your journey south, you will come to Fort Clatsop National Monument. Stop and explore the replica of Lewis and Clark's outpost. Your next stop will be the resort town, Seaside. The town is famous for its boardwalk and is also the place where the Lewis and Clark trail ended at the Pacific Ocean.

Next stop is Cannon Beach, known for its art galleries and small shops. The most famous thing in Cannon Beach is huge. It's Haystack Rock, a monolith over 300 ft in height that sits at the water's edge. Make it a point to enjoy a sunset on this beach.

Continue south to Lincoln City

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Ecola State Park Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon
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The first stop has to be Ecola State Park. The views here are amazing, especially from Ecola Point. Sit here and listen to the waves and wind. This is a wonderful place to watch the sunrise. The sky will reveal all its colors to you as the sun comes up. Imagine sipping your morning coffee watching the colors and listening to the waves pounding into the rocks. The drive to the town of Tillamook is breathtaking to say the least. Take your time and enjoy the coastal views and many viewpoints. The winding road through farmlands is also a lovely drive. Once you hit Tillamook, head to the cheese factory. Get a taste! Once out of town and until you get to Lincoln City, keep your eyes open....Read More
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Here in Depoe Bay, you can arrange a fishing or whale watching excursion. The harbor is small but jam packed with activity. The shops lining the bay are fun and full of vacation trinkets and memories. Once you leave Depot Bay, get your camera ready! You will soon hit the Cape Foulweather area. My favorite place is Devil's Punchbowl and the overlook at Yaquina Head. The lighthouse against the coast makes for a wonderful picture. This is a drive that can be so rewarding in bad weather because it makes the waters seem alive with energy.

The town of Newport is known for its seafood restaurants in the Old Town. Try the clam chowder at Mo's! You can also visit the Oregon coast Aquarium.

South to the Dunes...Florence

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Heceta Head Lighthouse Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon
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The drive south to Cape Perpetua is loaded with scenery. Open the car window and hear the ocean roar. Stop at Devel's Churn of a true treat. Once you visit this amazing place, you will understand the name. Soon you will arrive at Heceta Head Lighthouse. Get the camera ready! Next make a stop at Sea Lion Caves, which has an underground viewpoint for Steller sea lions. You can even see them from the highway. Look for them. Your next stop is Florence and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The dunes are spread over almost 50 miles. The town of Reedsport is where you can find most of the recreational activites rentals. Have a picnic here, ride a dunny buggy or sit and watch the sands shift.

All the way to the Cal. Border

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Otter Crest Loop Drive Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon
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Right after Florence & Reedsport, you will come to the busy town of North Bend, then Coos Bay. Next on the road south will be Brandon with its lighthouse and cheese factory. Soon you will come to Gold Beach and the Roque River. The Roque River offers salmon fishing and steelhead runs. This is the place to get a river guide and do some fishing!

Get the camera ready again as you head south to Brookings and the border. This is one of my favorite portions of the Byway. Even in bad weather, I've seen the sun shine here. Now that you're finished, turn around and head north and look out for the things you missed!