The next part of our trip was somewhere I’d longed to visit for a while since living along the West Coast. As they say, west coast; best coast, and Oregon is living proof of that phrase. After a three hour drive from Seattle to the outskirts of Portland, Oregon in Hillsboro-Beaverton, we went straight to bed in order to be up bright and early for the most anticipated part of our road trip.
Fall was a lovely time to do the drive – we passed pumpkin patches (and naturally, plenty of pot shops), and ombre trees with their leaves fast growing crisp and drifting to the ground. Ironically, no gas stations – so don’t make our mistake and make sure you fill up way before your drive!
We were treated to the occasional peek of incredible scenery – and trees, plenty of trees! Turning the corner of some winding roads, we’d see wispy clouds forming amongst the hills and greenery.
Our first port of call was the beautiful Cannon Beach. It’s one of Oregon’s most well-known attractions, and whilst I was already expecting good things, it totally surpassed my expectations.
Famous Haystack Rock lingers dramatically over the misty beach. Formed millions of years ago by lava flows, the rock is home to puffins in the spring, and attracts thousands of visitors each year. If you’re a fan of The Goonies, it may look familiar to you!
We soaked up the views over a picnic on the beach, and my mind soon turned to picking out my future house up on the banks of the sand dunes.
One of my favourite things about the beach was the spooky mist floating about. The powerful tide comes in, soaking the jeans of visitors, and causing dogs to run to the shore. As the waves sink into the sand, the water is absorbed and lingers to create the eerie mist of the beach, and it’s quite breathtaking – I’ve never seen a beach like it before.
Hopping back into the Jeep, we prepared for a slow ride down the scenic 101, stopping at any viewpoints along the way.
A quick peek out at the sparkling waters from Neahkahnie Mountain…
…and a quick barefoot stroll across the vast sands of Manhattan Beach.
We parked up and snacked on the views at the eye-wateringly beautiful Cape Lookout State Park. There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be back here to camp one day.
With the cool breeze upon our necks, but still relishing in the delight of paddling barefoot in October, we hit the 101 to see what we could find on the last leg of our Oregon Coast tour.
Oregon’s terrain is bizarre – we stumbled across fields of sand dunes, with tiny trees popping up in between the grains.
Riding through the dunes on a sand buggy is definitely on my bucket list, and something I’ll be sure to use as an excuse to return to this beautiful part of the world.
Honestly, the whole trip was like the front of a glossy travel brochure, and there were plenty of adorable little houses and farmland along the way to our final destination.
I couldn’t help but stare into the windows, imagining what the rural life of families living in this part of the world was like, whilst they watched a flickering screen behind the net curtains.
And almost too soon – I’d have loved to have seen a lot more – we reached our last stop of the roadtrip, Cape Kiwanda (in Pacific City).
A stunning beach, popular with surfers and families, and with views of the beautiful sky, golden sands, and choppy waves, it’s easy to see why.
If you fancy a short – but sweaty – incline up the huge sand dune that overlooks the beach, you’ll be treated to some amazing views that will make the climb worth it.
Doesn’t this view remind you of the pictures from my road trip along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia? Gobsmackingly gorgeous!
On our climb down the dune, we loved the way that the beach seemed to change – weather, colour, and temperature – each second, showing us a different shade of sea and beach. Just look…
As the sea, sand, and sky turned a lovely silvery shade resembling nothing but a glossy mirror, we took one last paddle in the Pacific Ocean, trying to dodge the waves from soaking our ankles. Probably the last for this year!
Saying a sorry goodbye to the Oregon Coast, with nothing but fish and chips from the hospitable Pelican Brewery (do hop in for a bite and a beer!) and the excitement of a new destination tomorrow keeping our moods up.
Oregon, you’re a wonderful, underrated state, and I can’t wait to explore more of your coast!