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
Scene at the town of Cannon Beach
Tidepool life at Hug Point
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint offers tours of the 1890s lighthouse and home of the Octopus Tree, the largest Sitka Spruce in the state.
Boiler Bay SSV offers views of surf, whales and seabirds.
Nehalem Bay State Park sits on a spit of land separating Nehalem Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
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 Bay Lighthouse guards the entrance to Newport’s harbor.
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.
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.
At North Bend Oregon the beautiful bridge over the Coos River memorializes the impassioned work of the visionary highway department engineer Conde B. McCollough.