Since weather patterns caused me to reconsider my plan, I opted to take the faster inland route from Oakland to Portland.
Along with an overnight stop in Ashland Oregon near the California border. Ashland is beautiful by the way!
Since I was longing to see the North Oregon Coast I jumped in my Toyota Yaris on a sunny Friday in Portland.
What luck to have sunshine in rainy Portland in the spring. Getting to the coast from Portland is an easy drive.
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Oregon coast road trip from Portland
I highly recommend a trip to the North Oregon Coast from Portland. It’s about a 2-hour drive from Portland to the coast.
It’s an easy day trip from Portland to the coast. Or you can make it a mini vacation and spend the weekend enjoying the beaches and hiking the trails.
I loved that I could hike through the forest to a beach! But don’t worry if you aren’t into hiking, you don’t have to hike to get to the beach!
I chose to do a loop route, from Portland to Tillamook via Hwy 26 and Hwy 6. Then driving up the Pacific coast via Hwy 101 to Cannon Beach.
And returning to Portland on Hwy 26 just north of Cannon Beach. A beautiful drive all around!
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Rockaway Beach Oregon
Arriving at Rockaway Beach around 11 AM and parking right across from Beach Bakeshop, well what could I do? I felt obligated to enter the bakery.
As a result I walked out with a trio of treats, bacon & cheese biscuit, triple-berry scone, and a lemony poppy-seed muffin.
The biscuit was devoured before I finished walking to the beach. And the triple-berry scone and poppy-seed muffin disappeared along the beach walk.
So I returned to buy one more triple-berry scone for the road and consumed a bowl of tasty clam chowder for lunch.
During my drive along Hwy 101 I made stops at Wheeler overlooking Nehalem Bay, Neahkahnie lookout, and Oswald West State Park.
Oswald State Park on the Oregon Coast
Hug Point was my next stop on my road trip. Since this day trip from Portland was taken on a whim I had not planned out each stop along the coast.
When I travel I like to wing it, see how the day unfolds.
Of course there are pros and cons to the winging it approach to travel. While sometimes I miss out on cool stuff I do love the element of surprise when I happen upon a place like Hug Point beach.
Continuing my coastal road trip along the north Oregon coast I made my last stop at beautiful Cannon Beach.
The sunshine will attract a lot of people out to the beach but it does not feel crowded because the beach becomes huge at low tide.
People enjoy roaming around the tide pools at Haystack Rock. During the months of April through August Tufted Puffins nest in the area.
While staying in Portland a road trip to the North Oregon Coast is highly recommended! Since it is a four-hour round trip start early in the day if you don’t plan to overnight along the Oregon coast.
While if you do want to spend a few days I suggest Cannon Beach simply due to the abundant accommodation. But there are plenty of beach towns along the Oregon coast to choose from.
And you can get more information about visiting the northern Oregon coast from the following tourist information sites:
- Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Rockaway Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Oregon Coast Visitors Association – Tillamook
- Oregon State Parks – Oswald West State Park
Enjoy road tripping around the North Oregon Coast!
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