North Coast

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.

Depoe Bay

  • 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.

Cascade Head

  • 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!)

Cannon Beach

  • 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 unforgettable.

An Oregon Coast sunset is one of the most breaktaking experiences in the world.