While transitioning from nomad life in Oakland to nomad life in Portland I planned my road trip via the North Oregon coast. 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!
Since I was longing to see the North Oregon Coast I jumped in my Toyota Yaris on a sunny Friday in Portland. What luck! Due to typical overcast and rainy weather in Portland, the previous week I enjoyed a quick trip to Las Vegas. Why Vegas? Because I won a couple of nights of luxury accommodation at Wynn Las Vegas while attending a networking event in Oakland.
While Las Vegas was great for a sunny getaway from rainy 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. So 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!
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.
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 way. When I travel I like to wing it, see how the day unfolds. Of course there are pros and cons to this approach. While sometimes I miss out on cool stuff I do love the element of surprise when I happen upon a place like Hug Point.
Continuing my coastal road trip along the north Oregon coast I made my last stop at beautiful Cannon Beach. While the sunshine brought a lot of people out to the beach it was not crowded because the beach is 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.
So if you are 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.
To view the latest prices for hotels in Cannon Beach Oregon – click here
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!