U.S. Highway 101; Oregon– The pacific coast is an amazing sight from beginning to end and driving down U.S. 101 along the Oregon coast is a sight to see in itself. The fog is intense, the ocean vast, and the trees come right to the edge of the water, almost hanging off the cliffs at some points. These are not your traditional beach views and the drive is spectacular to say the least. You can spot seals and sea lions perched on rocks or swimming in coves along the route. Stopping at Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Seal Rock, Depoe Bay, and more there is plenty to keep your eyes busy along the way.
Cannon Beach is famous for Haystack Rock and its role in The Goonies movie (“Heyyyy youuu guyssss”). Seal Rock is also a great stop and at low tide you can spot anemones and other sea creatures in the tide pools along the beach. Leave yourself time to admire the coastline and stop at all the vista points, you’ll be glad you did. For those with extra time who want to venture inland and check out a waterfall and suspension bridge look into Drift Creek Falls near Lincoln City, Oregon.
I recommend breakfast with a view of the coastline at sunrise. If you make it far enough south to visit Coos Bay, check out EZ Thai for an awesome lunch special and great thai food. This place was a great find to fuel up before heading east to Crater Lake National Park.