June 28-29, 2009 – Road Trip Report
Destination: Oregon Coast Beaches – Hwy 101 – Oregon
Distance: 370 Miles
Attendees: Peter, Lisa (sister)
Our Oregon Coast Beach Road Trip began Sunday afternoon in Cresent City, California. We crossed the border into Oregon and stopped for lunch at Harris Beach.
Harris Beach: Has the largest island off the Oregon Coast (“bird island”). The beach is clean and family friendly. There are plenty of things to do including: climbing on the rocks (recommend shoes not flip flops), bird watching, sea wildlife and more. We enjoyed our short stop here. Note to self: be sure to not lock your keys in the car! Thankfully Toyotas are easy to break into… Why do I lock it anyhow?
Whalehead Beach: This is a much more secluded beach. There are rocks and driftwood on the beach but still beautiful and quiet. We enjoyed our short stop here.
Arizona Beach: Is a quiet beach with plenty of hiking opportunities. It’s also a cold beach with the high summer temperatures only reaching the high 60s. It was windy too.
Bandon Beach: This is my second favorite beach on the Oregon Coast. The scenery is beautiful. The sand is clean and there is plenty of beach to hike. This was an excellent stop. Definitely worth the drive!
Umpqua River Lighthouse: Built in 1888. This was a fun stop. We didn’t go inside but enjoyed reading about it and enjoying the views.
Oregon Dunes: This is the place to visit for ultimate sand fun! Bring your sandrail and quads here. There is plenty of space to explore and have a blast. We checked out the views and dune map before finding a campground.
We camped out at Sutton Campground just north of the Oregon Dunes. It’s a clean campground with restrooms, hiking trails, private campsites and $20/night. My sister Lisa camped in a tent while I slept in the truck on an air mattress. We enjoyed roasting marshmallows and exploring the beach trail.
Yakima Bay Lighthouse: This was one of our first stops on Monday morning. It’s a beautiful lighthouse with wonderful views.
Lincoln City Beach: We stopped shortly at this beach. It’s fairly crowed due to the discount shops and tourist attractions. The beach is mostly flat and lacks many hiking and exploration opportunities.
Pacific City (Kape Kiwanda): This is my favorite beach on the Oregon Coast. Some of the attractions include: vehicles permitted on the beach (I drove the 4runner on the sand), dorries (fishing boats), huge sand dune and many exploration opportunities. It’s beautiful here. Don’t tell anyone about it. It’s the hidden secrete of the Oregon Coast.
The views and scenery made this trip incredible. Feel free to share your comments and favorite beach spots!