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Oregon Coast Must-Sees?

I have a solo, two-day trip to the Oregon Coast coming up and would love any hiking, dining, or sight-seeing suggestions. I am spending the first night in Cannon Beach, but have no set itinerary otherwise. 

What are your favorite hidden gems on the Oregon Coast?

4 Answers

top answer by
Tiffany from Corvallis

I love the ruggedness of the southern Oregon coast, so I usually try to start my trips more central and work my way south.

Heidi's spot on for Cannon Beach attractions. Haystack Rock is iconic, gorgeous to photograph, and has some of the state's best tidepools.  Check out the local tide table and try to get there about two hours before the low tide. Then you'll have the most time to explore the tide pools before the tide comes back in.

Just a bit south is the popular Tillamook Cheese Factory. There's not a lot else in Tillamook, but this is an easy quick stop, free at-your-own-pace tour, and delicious cheese samples (plus delicious ice cream too).

I usually avoid Lincoln City as it's horribly touristy - a typical tacky beach town.

Newport (Oregon) is nice. Just north is Agate Beach, you can walk along Bay Blvd. and see fisheries in action and try the marionberry cobbler at Mo's Annex - Mo's is known for their clam chowder, but I don't love it. The cobbler; however, is amazing.

Tidal Raves is also my favorite restaurant in Depoe Bay both for the food and the unparalleled view.

You'll find parks with hiking and beaches all along the Oregon Coast. For me it starts to get interesting just south of Waldport where you'll be able to hike and explore around Devils Churn. Try a coffee at the Green Salmon, then hike this area around Yachats. There are trails, tidepools, and rocky drama along the cliffs. Just gorgeous.

From here until just north of Coos Bay, the coastline is part of the Siuslaw National Forest with parts of the highway hugging the edges of high cliffs above the sea. The views are phenomenal and there are many places to pull off and explore on foot. Keep going and you'll run into the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

IF you do a lot of stopping and going and short hikes and photo ops, you can do the entire (or a good portion) of the Oregon Coast in 2 days, but if you need to end where you start, then you want to limit your time.  From Cannon Beach to the Devil's Churn is only 3 hours. You could spend a long day really soaking up all the places along this route, but like I said, this is the beginning of the prettiest and most rugged beaches, so if you can, focus on the next 2.5 hour drive between the Yachats and Port Orford. This is my favorite stretch - tons of hikes, beaches, national/state parks, photo ops, and quirky stops. Some of the best coffee I've ever had is at One Lump or Two - if you like peanut butter, try the PB Mocha. Yum.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cannon Beach (attraction)
  2. Haystack Rock (attraction)
  3. Tillamook Cheese Factory (attraction)
  4. Lincoln City (city)
  5. Newport (Oregon) (attraction)
  6. Agate Beach (attraction)
  7. Bay Blvd. (attraction)
  8. Mo's Annex (restaurant)
  9. Tidal Raves (restaurant)
  10. Depoe Bay (city)
  11. Waldport (city)
  12. Devils Churn (attraction)
  13. Green Salmon (restaurant)
  14. Yachats (city)
  15. Coos Bay (city)
  16. Siuslaw National Forest (attraction)
  17. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (attraction)
  18. Port Orford (attraction)
  19. One Lump or Two (restaurant)
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answered first by
Heidi from Colorado

I was born in Gold Beach, Oregon and my dad grew up in Brookings, so I'm very familiar with this coastline.

If you are starting in Canon Beach, you have to stop at Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market for some fresh seafood. Of course, if you are a Goonies fan you have to go to the beach and gaze upon Haystack Rock

Tidal Raves at Depoe Bay has wonderful food with an outstanding view.

Further south, I love the Sylvia Beach Hotel. It's affordable and right above the beach. Great for writers and creative types. Do the community style dinner. It's one of the most memorable experience of my life.

For food in Newport, you have to go to Local Ocean Seafoods. If there's dungeness crab soup on the menu get it. Get anything else on the menu too. It's all good and super fresh.

The Southern Oregon Coast is the most beautiful. The drive along Hwy 101 has to be one of the prettiest drives in the entire world. This stretch of coast is just simply amazing.

Have fun! This is one of my favorite places on the face of the planet!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market (restaurant)
  2. Haystack Rock (attraction)
  3. Depoe Bay (city)
  4. Sylvia Beach Hotel (hotel)
  5. Local Ocean Seafoods (restaurant)
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answered by
Eric from Washington

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area for an amazing beach, surfing, and Pelican Brewery & Tap Room or Ben and Jeff's Burgers and Tacos!! My favorite spot on the entire coast.  Mellow and off the 101. 

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answered by
Marisa from Coos Bay, Oregon

Cape Perpetua-look out from above cape perpetua. It can be hiked to from the observatory parking lot or driven to. It is not well known up there but the view is majestic. My brother and I use to play in this area year's ago, long before many knew of the old Indian shack that over looked the shipping cove. Bits of shells can still be found where they sat and watched the boats come into the cove, on a clear day you can see up and down the coast for miles. BEST VIEW EVER!

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  1. Cape Perpetua (attraction)

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