Even though our trip was during June through the interior and coastal towns of Oregon as well as Washington and Canada, it was cold. Layering and a winter coat was part of the wardrobe along the Oregon coast everyday. This mostly had to do with high winds because the sun was out and the skies were clear for the most part. No matter what day of the week it was, weekday or weekend, the beaches were free from crowds of people. We saw a few kite surfers but other than that no one swimming in the ocean.
Above: Picture of beach in Lincoln City near Chinook Winds Casino, were we parked for a few hours. It was a very easy walk to the beach and I walked north to the end where the land becomes part of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. There were families and kite surfers enjoying the sunny day.
Oregon's coast is made up of diverse terrain changing from cliffs to forests to dunes and of course miles of sandy beaches. You will come across a smorgasbord of attractions like lighthouses, aquariums, tidepools, museums and galleries. You will find that there are some towns you want to spend time in and some you just want to drive right through. Whatever you do or don't do you will find that the ever-changing scenery along the Oregon Coast is spectacular and guaranteed to make memories to last a lifetime.
Above: Picture overlooking the Pacific at Devil's Punch Bowl State
Park. Unfortunately, we were here as the sun was setting and there was
too much shade to show the punch bowl in a picture. During winter storms
and high surf the ocean slams into the hollow rock formation with a thundering
roar. The punch bowl is another popular spot for whalewatching. While
you are here take time for a picnic and explore tidepools during low tide.
There are two low tides in a 24 hour period, however, one is a minus tide.
During this time you can actually go inside the punchbowl and walk over
the wave-polished boulders.
Above: There are many viewpoint pull offs and state parks along Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast. Most have parks and stops have picnic areas so that you can eat your sandwich with a spectacular view. We found that most of the state parks in Oregon do not charge an entrance fee.
Above: Stellar sea lions seen from viewpoint near the Sea Lions Caves park. The cave is the world's largest natural sea cave and home to these sea lions. There is an entrance fee to the sea cave, however, from the highway 101 pull off you can easily zoom in with your camera or binoculars to watch them swim and lay around sunning themselves on the rocks below.
Above: The Heceta Head Lighthouse is circa 1894 as well as the
Light Keepers house, which by the way are both listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. The working lighthouse reaches a height of
over 200 feet above the ocean. It's beam casts some 21 miles out to sea
which makes it the brightest light on the Oregon coast. Currently, the
Heceta Head Light Keepers House is a popular bed and breakfast.
It sits on a cliff with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the
beach below. It is open year round and guests are encouraged to view the
lighthouse after dark, a rare experience.
Above: Heceta Head State Park also includes the state park of
Devils Elbow. It is located in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek. Here
you have great views of the ocean. There are two short trails here, walk
south to view the Heceta Head lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's house,
and walk north for a spectacular view of the coast to Cape Perpetua. Not
only the scenery but the wildlife that can be seen along the Oregon Coast
is very unique. The trails at the state park are part of a 7 mile network
where you can view beach wildllife such as puffins, bird nesting areas,
sea lions and whales. Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most photographed
and we took part of that on our Oregon Coast Trip
This page is part of a 20 day, 2,866 mile, Vanabode trip.