To me, nothing represents summertime more than hitting the open road, blaring some embarrassing (yet highly enjoyable) sing-a-longs and making pit stops at questionable roadside diners.
There’s really no other form of travel that replicates the feeling of a good ol’ road trip. When I’m on the road, time doesn’t seem to matter as much and I even welcome the the idea of getting lost. Regardless of a road trip in America or my motorcycle journey through Vietnam, I’m more than happy to embrace every part of it!
This year, I checked off one of the most recognizable roadtrips in North America. Consistently ranked as one of the best drives, the Oregon Coast definitely didn’t disappoint.
It’s a relatively short drive from north to south Oregon, about 550km. But it’s also one you’ll want to soak up every part of the way.
From north to south, here are three of my favourite spots along the way on Highway 101.
Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach is one of the most significant beach towns you’ll hit on this journey. While it’s heavily built to garner tourists, with lots of restaurants, shops and accommodations, it’s still mighty charming and a great way to spend an afternoon.
Close by to Cannon Beach is Ecola State Park. It’s not a big park, but it offers some stunning viewpoints of Cannon Beach and the ocean line from above.
Three Capes Scenic Drive
What’s a roadtrip without getting off the path a bit? Highway 101 is great and all, but since it’s still a major highway, it doesn’t always offer the best views of the Oregon Coast. Instead, make the detour and turn off Highway 101 to head south on Whiskey Creek Road. This small, one-lane road takes you right to the edge of the coastline, offering a spectacular drive.
Saving the best for last, Yachats is a small town that makes a huge impact. It’s also my favourite spot on the trip. Maybe due to its location and how the water comes in from the ocean, but some of the bedrocks here are incredible sights. I particularly love how dramatic they’ve named them; Devil’s Churn, Cook’s Chasm and Thor’s Well!