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Joined: 3/17/2009
Msg: 1
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Hey All.
Looking for some help with suggestions or warnings. Planning a street bike trip from Vancouver Island down the Oregon Coast. As this is the first trip (always took I 5 and the car!) I'm hoping that some of you will have some suggestions on places to see, Bed and Breakfasts or motels/hotels to stay at, shops to stop by, places to stay away from, restaurants to eat at or people to meet! Looking at heading down in August.
Any help is appreciated!
Joined: 2/19/2009
Msg: 2
Oregon Coast
Posted: 6/20/2009 3:14:13 AM
If are coming down I-5, you can cut over to the 101 from Olympia.

The first town worth visiting is Long Beach. It is a quaint tourist town. There are some tourist trap attractions like Marsh's museum, the salt water taffy place and the board walk.

If you like oysters, head up to the tip of the peninsula to Oysterville to visit the oyster farm. Their fresh raw oyster shooters are awesome.

My favorite restaurant around Long Beach is The Depot.

The next stop on the coast would be Astoria. It has a fishing town feel. The main things to do here are to go to the Astoria column and visit the sea lions down at the marina.

My favorite restaurant around Astoria is Baked Alaska.

Skip Seaside (it's seedy and cheesy) and go to Cannon Beach. Cannon Beach is a quaint art community type town with a great beach. Go visit Haystack Rock on the beach and look at the wild life in the tidepools. Also, don't miss Ecola state park just north of here - it has one of the most stunning views on the Oregon Coast.

Your next stop should probably be the Tillamook factory in Tillamook. You can get samples of fresh ice cream and cheese here.

West of Tillamook is the Cape Meares lighthouse which is another must see. Besides the view (you may see whales here in-season), you can also go up in the lighthouse if you get there before 3:00 PM.

The next stop that I'd recommend is Pacific City. It's off of the 101, but has a great beach. The Pelican Brewery there is a great place to grab a micro-brew and watch the sunset.

There is a big casino in Lincoln City, but besides that, the town is completely void of any character. I'd skip it.

Depoe Bay is another popular stop with the Whale Watching Center. There is a resident pod of whales that hangs out in the bay. Bring your binoculars!

Newport has a large touristy area by the waterfront to visit with shops, attractions and reasonably priced seafood restaurants. There is also a decent aquarium in Newport.

Yachats is a really cute town with the famous 804 trail that is worth a walk. This would be a good place to get a cabin to stay in.

South of here, you can visit Honeymoon State Park in Florence to experience the huge sand dunes. Bandon features three of the best golf courses in the world.

Let me know if you have any more questions.
Joined: 2/24/2008
Msg: 3
Oregon Coast
Posted: 6/20/2009 7:40:59 AM
It is a very fond memory, & has been some time since my young son & I camped the Oregon Coast for the month of August.

In WA. I concur with 'AA', above to cut across from Olympia. However, the charming seaside village of Ocean Shores Wa. is far less tourist-y than Long Beach with an 18 mile stretch of beach, and a lovely bird sanctuary. You can ferry across Grays Harbour to Westport.

I concur also with Astoria; Cannon Beach (touristy, but a must) - and don't miss the Haystacks; a big YES to the dunes - hire a driver at dusk - exquisite dramatic effect, with the sun setting over the Pacific!!!

Tillamook - yes! Wonderfully distinct tasting dairy cheeses - and ice cream to die for!

We camped at the State Parks - excellent; visited every lighthouse along the coast down to Cape Arago. Our last night at Sunset Beach, a colony of seals & sea lions beached. What a wonderful experience that was!!!

I really cannot think of any warnings, except it can be a narrow hwy. Have a terrific time!
Joined: 3/28/2009
Msg: 4
Oregon Coast
Posted: 6/20/2009 8:30:47 AM
Be prepared for rain, even in July/August.
Joined: 2/15/2007
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Posted: 6/20/2009 2:28:48 PM
You must get a "Jake The Alligator Man" sticker at Marsh's Free Museum. And ride the beach, if that's still legal.

I don't know where the dunes are in Oregon, but if you can rent ATVs there, that could be a pleasant change from pavement.
Joined: 3/17/2009
Msg: 6
Oregon Coast
Posted: 6/23/2009 5:33:37 AM
Awesome! Thanks "A A". Sounds great. I'm writing it all down in my book and we'll be sure to take in all those places. If I think of anything else, I'll be in touch.
Joined: 3/17/2009
Msg: 7
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Posted: 6/23/2009 5:35:38 AM
Oh, be prepared for rain? I live on Vancouver Island. Totally used to it. Good thing is, we're not made of sugar, so we won't melt! Yahoo!!!
Joined: 3/9/2009
Msg: 8
Oregon Coast
Posted: 7/20/2009 2:11:27 PM
I'd definately recommend Cannon Beach. I went there a few years ago and it was absolutely amazing.
Joined: 1/9/2007
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Posted: 7/23/2009 7:45:22 PM
I did some sand dunes out there around this time last year - it was fantastic. There's loads of places you can rent some quads from.
Joined: 10/31/2007
Msg: 10
Oregon Coast
Posted: 8/5/2009 12:11:08 PM
Theres TONS of dunes in Oregon, just go to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area! I got my car stuck there because I didn't know you need to deflate your tires on the sand *i was 16 in my defense* . If you go there during memorial or labor day weekend you will be amazed at how many different kinds of beach buggies there are out there
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