Ranger Roy Picks – The North Coast
These are some of our favorite stops and recommendations, starting in Newport and going North. Please reverse the order as appropriate.
- Pick up a 5-day Oregon Coast Passport for only $10 at the first opportunity. Well worth your money, it lets you into all state and federal fee areas along the Oregon Coast.
- If you haven’t yet seen the Sea Lions at the Newport Historic Bayfront, stop at the pier next to the Undersea Gardens for the best viewing spot.
- Follow Bay Blvd to or from Roy and Cristina’s home for a spectacular drive along the Yaquina River.
- Don’t miss Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area for lighthouse tours, tide pools, seals, birdwatching, whale watching, sunsets, and a great visitor center.
- Devils Punchbowl at Otter Rock offers great views, cool rock formations, and good spots for storm-watching.
- Spouting Horn (storm watching)
- Tidal Raves, one of the best restaurants on the Coast (reservations recommended)
- The Otis Cafe (famous for an incredible breakfast and killer cinnamon rolls)
- Located on Hwy 18, just east of Lincoln City.
- A few miles north of the highway 18 and 101 intersection is Cascade Head, our all-time favorite hike.
- Hike to the top for a spectacular view of the rocky shores and estuary for the Salmon River.
- You can start below and go up for 3 1/2 miles, or else there is a service road that you can follow and take the 1-mile easy hike to the summit.
- Look up directions from the Cascade Head Preserve Nature Conservancy website.
Munson Creek Falls
Just 3 miles south of Tillamook, hike to Munson Creek Falls – easy and beautiful.
- Blue Heron for Brie and a Baguette
- Tillamook Cheese Factory for a fun tour and great ice cream. (Tillamook Mudslide is a must for chocoholics!)
- Haystack Rock formation
- View nesting puffins (if you’re lucky!); lots of other bird species and sea life in the tide pools
- Shopping and good eateries
- Ecola State Park for hiking and views of Terrible Tilly Lighthouse
Fort Clatsop National Park
Fort Stevens State Park
- Walk or bike along the river boardwalk
- Climb Astoria Tower
- Great restaurants and shopping
- Fabulous Maritime Museum
- Bowpicker Fish and Chips
- Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and exhibits
- Stay at the Riverwalk Inn—our favorite with views of the bay and a Groupon offer
An Oregon Coast sunset is one of the most breaktaking experiences in the world.