While we certainly enjoy hunting mushrooms, the draw of coastal Oregon is much more than that. Whale watching, lighthouses, gorgeous views, hiking, seals and sea lions are easily accessible. We even hiked nearly face to face with huge elk. There’s a lot of history here too but that will have to wait until next time.
View from Ecola State Park
Haystack at Cannon Beach
Scene at the town of Cannon Beach
Creek to Sea
Tidepool life at Hug Point
Green sea anemone at low tide
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint offers tours of the 1890s lighthouse and home of the Octopus Tree, the largest Sitka Spruce in the state.
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Boiler Bay SSV offers views of surf, whales and seabirds.
Conde McCollough designed bridge
Nehalem Bay State Park sits on a spit of land separating Nehalem Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Nehalem Bay beach
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is a BLM site just north of Newport Oregon. The headland juts one mile into the ocean with Oregon’s tallest lighthouse and tidepools teeming with life.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Seals on the coast
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse guards the entrance to Newport’s harbor.
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Newport fishing fleet
Sea lions at Newport
Whale off the coast
Roosevelt Elk on the coast
Cape Arago Highway leads to three State Parks; Cape Arago, Sunset Bay and Shore Acres. It also takes us to Simpson Reef Scenic Viewpoint which overlooks hundreds of barking sea lions.
Cape Arago Lighthouse
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Shore Acres SP is on the site of Asa Simpson, a very successful shipping and timber baron. The home burned but the gardens remain and the coastal setting offers great views of titanic wave action.
Shore Acres SP gardens
Shore Acres water garden
Surf near Shore Acres
Crashing waves at Shore Acres
At North Bend Oregon the beautiful bridge over the Coos River memorializes the impassioned work of the visionary highway department engineer Conde B. McCollough.
Conde McCollough Memorial Bridge- beautiful cantilever design