Ranger Roy Picks – The South Coast
These are some of our favorite stops and recommendations, starting in Newport and going south. 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.
- Cape Perpetua
- Devil’s Churn – Basalt water chute
- Thor’s Well – Mini Victoria Falls
- Spruce Trail – 1-mile Old Growth hike
- Heceta Head Lighthouse – Oregon’s most celebrated!
- Best photo op/view from pullout between tunnel and Sea Lion Caves
- Sea Lion Caves – fun but very smelly… save your money and view them for free in Newport
- Get gas at Fred Meyer (cheapest on the Coast)
- Old Town is Nice for strolling and shopping
- Magnolia Bakery on Laurel St.
- There are many sand dunes between Florence and Reedsport that offer recreational opportunities such as hiking, dune riding, and sand-boarding. Check online or at an information center for details.
- Umpqua Lighthouse offers tours and Coast Guard museum. View the turning light at night if possible.
- Miller’s Landing has excellent fish & chips.
- Shore Acres State Park is fabulous for ocean views, hiking, and storm-watching.
Bandon & Brookings
- In Old Town – Bandon Fish & Chips Company on the pier
- If you’re lucky, see “Circles in the Sand.”
- Cape Blanco Lighthouse – Oregon’s first
- Fill up with gas at Fred Meyer in Brookings for the best price.
An Oregon Coast sunset is one of the most breaktaking experiences in the world.