Best Stops for Your Oregon Coast Road Trip
By An Trieu
December 13, 2021
Beach is famous for the Haystack Rock, a 235 ft tall sea stack that juts out along the coast, miles of pristine sandy beaches, and its short of a drive from Portland (90 min).
Hug Point State Recreation Site is a 7-minute drive, 4.6 miles South of Cannon Beach. Highly recommend going at low tide to view the sea caves, waterfalls, and tide pools.
Classic stop when in Pacific City, Oregon. Stay at Headlands, grab a beer at Pelican Brewing, walk the beach, hike up the sand dune, and explore the local town on a bike.
State day-use park in Otter Rock, central Oregon Coast, a popular whale watching site. It's a giant hollow rock formation with waves that constantly churns, foams, and swirls.
State park located in Bandon, Oregon. Face Rock is the giant rock shaped like a reclining head. Hike down to the beach, go bird watching, and explore many cool rock formations nearby.
State Park located in Newport, Oregon. Go biking, explore South Beach, visit Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and enjoy fresh delicious local seafood.
Popular hiking, tide pooling, and whale watching spot south of Yachats, Oregon. Watch waves crashing in and out Thor’s Well from safe distance, best seen at high tide.
The hike down to the beach is steep but short (1.1 mi) and fun. With a large natural rock arch, unique cliff-sides, sand dunes, viewpoints are incredible everywhere you turn.
Natural Bridges Viewpoint is an easy stroll, left of the parking lot. Must-stop in Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor in southwestern Oregon.
HARRIS BEACH STATE PARK
Popular family-friendly day-use area with sandy beaches, restrooms, picnic tables, and campground. Located north of Brookings, Oregon.