Oregon Coast Road Trip Guide

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Road tripping down the West Coast of America was by far one of my favourite experiences. With low to no expectation, I was extremely satisfied by the beauty of Oregon’s Coastline. This blog highlights the best places to stop on an Oregon Coast Road Trip.

The Best stops on an Oregon Coast Road Trip (heading South on the 101).

 1) Ecola State Park.

Located just across the Washington border on Oregon’s northern coastline is Ecola State Park. We pulled in, not sure where we were going or what to expect and to our surprise, we ended up here…..

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I think the pictures say a thousand words for this destination!

You can visit this viewpoint then venture down to Indiana Beach, 1.5 miles in the opposite direction. This would be a great place to camp for a couple of nights on your Oregon Coast Road Trip.

2) Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a small coastal town with so much natural beauty. It is a great place to grab lunch and enjoy the stunning coastal views. A trip to the visitor centre is also recommended to get more information about Oregon and suggestions and maps for your road trip. The mile by mile guide is most useful. This one of the most instagrammable locations in Oregon.

3) Three Capes Loop

Three capes loop is a scenic drive off the 101 that passes through Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout and Cape Meares then connects back to the 101. This scenic drive takes you along the coast and doesn’t add too many miles to your trip.  

Oregon Coast Road Trip Guide

4) Drift Creek Falls

Drift Creek Falls is found 12 miles inland from the 101, taking you to a 240-foot suspension bridge overlooking a 75-foot waterfall. The hike to the suspension briodge is 1.5 miles.

Oregon Coast Road Trip

5) Heceta Lighthouse Viewpoint

Heceta Lighthouse Viewpoint is one of the best coastal lookouts, highlighting the dramatic Oregon coastline and famous lighthouse.

Oregon Coast Road Trip

There are so many stunning viewpoints along the way (far too many to mention).

Top 3 hiking trails along Oregon’s Coast

1) Cape Lookout State Park has several stunning hiking trails available including Cape Lookout Trail, a moderately challenging 2.3-mile hike offering magnificent views of the ocean.

2) Cooks Ridge/ Gwynn Creek Loop is a moderately difficult 6.5mile round trip hike that climbs 800 feet to Cooks Ridge through old growth forests and down along Gwynn Creek.

3) John Dellenback Dunes Trail interpretative hike takes you to some of Oregon’s highest sand dunes and passes through a forest island before reaching the beach. The 6-mile round trip loop is strenuous in difficulty.

Free Campgrounds to visit on your Oregon Coast Road Trip

Tillicum Beach Campground (at the 160.5-mile mark)

Rock Creek Campground (at the 174.3-mile mark)

For tips on finding free campsites in the US, click here.

There are MANY more paid campsites along Oregon’s Coast.

If I knew then what I know now, I would have planned my West Coast road trip so I had much longer in Oregon.

See more from the US or check out this ultimate West Coast road trip itinerary.

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