Sightseeing Oregon Trips – The Coast

Sightseeing Oregon Trips – The Coast

This is a five day itineracy for traveling the Oregon Coast. It starts in either Portland or San Francisco, but can be made a round trip pretty easily.

Day 1

For ease lets head North from SF. Head up Highway 101 across the Golden Gate. Go into the Napa Valley, hit up a couple of wineries and get lunch. I love staying in Eureka, be sure to take the old Redwood Highway though. It adds about an hour to the trip so depending on how many stops you make for wineries it could be a long day.

Day 2
From Eureka you can make it up to Florence in a day, which is my next suggested stop. See the Sea Lion Caves, walk the beach and the Sand Dunes. Visit the new Cheese Factory in Bandon, go out to see Face Rock.

Day 3
Next stop is Newport, while it’s only about 100 miles up the coast, it’s a good central point to stop. Lincoln City is also a good stop, but be sure to stop in Depoe Bay either way. Newport has a downtown waterfront area that is a bit touristy, while Lincoln City has a touristy area on the main drag. LC also has quite a few Antique stores to visit.

Day 4
After that, just head north. Every small town is great so I’d go out of my way to get there. Visit Ocean Side and places like Cape Meares. Do the Cheese Factory tour at Tillamook. From there you can stay in Cannon Beach, Seaside or Astoria. It’s only about 30 miles difference, but I’d personally go with Astoria.

Day 5
Tour around the area, visit Seaside, Cannon Beach, Fort Stevens, and Long Beach in a day, then take the two hour drive back to Portland.

If you want to round trip it just head down I-5 back to San Francisco. It’s best to schedule two days for that, and if you do be sure to stop by places like Golden, Buncom and Grave Creek Covered Bridge

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