Far away, yet right at home. It was an odd deja vu feeling as we drove down the spectacular Oregon coast. Nature’s best included cliff tops, blow holes, sea lions, and miles of wild beach. After 13 years living in New Zealand and traveling the world, I rarely feel completely at home, yet I did on the Oregon coast.
Starting in Astoria we followed the path laid out for us by other travel bloggers. The weather didn’t cooperate, bringing dark clouds, white skies, and occasional rain, but that neither slowed us down nor distracted us from enjoying nature’s beauty. However, it did impact the photos.
We drove slowly, stopped often, and enjoyed every moment of the nearly 350 mile drive along the Oregon coast. Day one took us from Astoria to Newport. Day two continued to the bottom of the state.
Best seen in photos:
Looking for more Oregon photos, be sure to check out this stunning book by Greg Vaughn, fellow travel blogger: Photographing Oregon: A guide to the natural landmarks of Oregon.
- Pack rain gear, for yourself and your camera.
- Bring binoculars, if you have them.
- We found free parking for Haystack Rock on West Gower Ave at Ecola Court in Cannon Beach.
- Allow time to visit the Tillamook factory (more on this coming soon).
- If you are passing through Cape Kiwanda early (4-5am) or late afternoon, stop and watch as the dory boat fisherman are either coming or going.
- Also located in Cape Kiwanda is The Pelican Pub, Oregon’s only coastal brewery with a wall filled with impressive awards. It’s a great place to stop for a beer or a meal.
- Watch your tides. Places like Devil’s Punchbowl in Newport are best seen at high tide (not shown above as we didn’t follow our own advice).
- Mo’s Restaurant is the best place to get seafood chowder in a bread bowl. There are several along the coast, but the original (and thought to be best) is in Newport. There are actually two in Newport, the original is across the street from the waterfront.
- Time your day for a coffee between Heceta Lighthouse and Coos Bay. In Reedsport we discovered Ruthie’s Back to the Best Smokehouse and Delicatessen.
Have you driven the Oregon coast? What are your favorite stops along the way?
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