Most people are familiar with the incredible beauty that can be found along the cost of the Pacific Ocean – but those people generally are thinking about California. While there is no doubting or discounting the beauty of the California coastline, the Oregon Coast should not be ignored. In many ways, the Oregon Coast can match the beauty found to the south, but with a fraction of the people standing between you and the memorable vistas. If you are an RV owner who loves to explore the most beautiful spots in this great country, the Oregon Coast should rank high on your to-do list.
From Florence to Seaside
While you can enjoy the Oregon coast while going north-to-south or south-to-north, the recommended path is to join the coastline in Florence in the south and head north toward Seaside. There are 165 miles between those two cities, and the drive along the coast can be completed in under four hours –but you will want to take much longer than that. In fact, you could easily spend a full week working your way up the coast as you stop to enjoy the many sights that exist along the way. This is one trip that you certainly don’t want to rush.
A Few Specific Points
One of the best things about making your way up the coast is the opportunity to explore for yourself and find spots that are meaningful to you. Everyone will find something different on their journey that they enjoy, so take your time and don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path. If you are looking for a few destinations to guide your trip, consider the following stops –
- Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. This area is controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, and it can be found just north of Newport. A lighthouse that looks out over the Pacific is the main draw, but there is plenty to see here including Cobble Beach and plenty of wildlife.
- Depoe Bay. This portion of the Pacific is overlooked by a city of the same name, and it can all be seen right from HWY 101. Whale watching is a popular activity here during certain times of the year, and a number of tasty local restaurants wait to be experienced as well.
- D River. The D River connects Devils Lake to the Pacific Ocean, and is found in Lincoln City. The river is noted for being considered the shortest river in the world at one time. The river runs a total length of just 440 feet.
- Haystack Rock. Possibly the most-photographed landmark on the Oregon Cost, Haystack Rock can be found a short distance offshore in Cannon Beach (just south of Seaside). Cannon Beach is an upscale destination with fine dining and shopping available.
There are RV parks up and down the Oregon Coast, so you should have no trouble finding a great place to park each night as you work your way up the coast. Of course, even though the Oregon Coast is not as busy as the California version, it still gets rather crowded in the summer months. If you are planning an RV trip up the coast in June, July, or August, be sure to make reservations in advance. With a route set and accommodations booked, get your camera ready and start looking forward to a memorable experience.