The Ultimate Guide to an Oregon Coast Road Trip

The Oregon portion of Highway 101 offers nothing less than pure magic in the summertime. This stretch of pavement, in my opinion, offers some of the best views, eats, and hikes anywhere in the United States.

After calling myself a local to the area for more than three years, I was lucky enough to stumble upon unique places, and to fall in love with some well known ones along the way. Having driven the entire stretch multiple times, I wanted to share the best of the best. Here are my very favorite things to see, short road trip friendly hikes, cafes and eateries along the Oregon portion of Highway 101. 

Astoria

Must Do/See - Drive the Astoria - Megler Bridge over the Columbia River to Washington

Favorite Hike - Cathedral Tree / Coxcomb Hill Hike - 3 miles

Best Coffee - Coffee Girl

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Rogue Ales Public House Astoria

Seaside

Must Do/See - The Promenade, Gearhart Ocean State Park

Favorite Hike - Gearhart Ridge Hike - 3 miles

Best Coffee - Bagels by the Sea

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Tora Sushi Lounge

Cannon Beach

Must Do/See - Ecola State Park

Favorite Hike - Clatsop Loop Hike - 3 miles

Best Coffee - Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - The Irish Table

Manzanita

Must Do/See - Nehalem Bay State Park, Cloud and Leaf Bookstore

Favorite Hike - Neahkahnie Mountain hike 3, 5 or 8 miles

Best Coffee - Manzanita News and Espresso (I used to work here, so I am a little biased)

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Bread and Ocean

Tillamook & Three Capes Scenic Loop

Must Do/See - Blue Heron French Cheese Company  for wine tasting and cheese sampling; drive Three Capes Scenic Loop; Cape Meares Lighthouse

Favorite Hike - Cape Lookout Hike - 5 miles

Best Coffee - Blue Agate Cafe in Oceanside

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - The Schooner Restaurant and Lounge in Netarts

Pacific City

Must Do/See - watch for whales at the beach

Favorite Hike - Cape Kiwanda - 2 miles

Best Coffee - Portola Coffee Lab  

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Newport

Must Do/See -  Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Beverly Beach State Park, The Bayfront Boardwalk

Favorite Hike - Yaquina Head Hike - 3 miles

Best Coffee - Cafe Mundo

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Local Ocean

Yachats

Must Do/See -  Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint

Favorite Hike - Cape Perpetua 7 miles

Best Coffee - The Village Bean

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Luna Sea Fish House

Florence

Must Do/See -  Sea Lion Caves

Favorite Hike - Hobbit Trail - 2 miles

Best Coffee - Siuslaw River Coffee Roasters

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Fresh Harvest Cafe

Coos Bay

Must Do/See -  Sunset Bay State Park

Favorite Hike - Cape Arago Loop - 4 miles

Best Coffee - Top Dog Coffee Company

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Shark Bites Cafe

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Bandon

Must Do/See -  Bullards Beach State Park

Favorite Hike - Lost Lake Trail - 2 miles

Best Coffee - Bandon Coffee Cafe

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Tony’s Crab Shack

Port Orford

Must Do/See -  Port Orford Lifeboat Station / Port Orford Heads State Park

Favorite Hike - Humbug Mountain Trail - 5 miles

Best Coffee - Tasty Kate’s

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - The Crazy Norwegian

Gold Beach

Must Do/See -  Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor

Favorite Hike - Francis Schrader Old Growth Trail 2 miles

Best Coffee - Rachel’s Coffee House

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Barnacle Bistro

Brookings

Must Do/See -  Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Favorite Hike - Redwood Nature Trail - 1 mile

Best Coffee - The Bell & Whistle Coffee House

Favorite Place to Grab a Bite - Black Trumpet Bistro