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Oregon Coast Intenary Suggestions

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Oregon Coast Intenary Suggestions

I'm planning a trip to the Coast during the last week of September and am arriving and departing from Portland. I have never been and have a week to see as much as possible. I'm not sure if it's feasabile to see the entire coast. Is there a central location we can stay to see the most of the coast or would you advise in staying at various locations. What are the "must sees"? We're not into shopping or commercialism. Want to see the best beaches and the best nature has to offer. Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Oregon Coast Intenary Suggestions

We just did the entire coast drive from San Francisco up to Seaside with a 2 night stop in Gold Beach at Tu Tu Tun Lodge. All of the coast is beautiful. Cannon Beach is not to miss with Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. www.cannon-beach.net

You may want to pick up a copy of Oregon Coast magazine, we have subscribed to this publication for years. It offers nice maps, events going on in the various cities and sight-seeing suggestions. Have fun! :)

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A week (7 days including travel to/from Portland) is a good amount of time for a first trip to the Oregon Coast. In that amount of time you can travel the entire 362 miles of the coast fairly comfortably and then decide on your favorite area (s) for subsequent trips (yes, you will come back!).

Assuming I an correct on the 7 days and that you will be arriving to PDX during the day, that means you'll basically have 6 nights (5 1/2 days) along the coast (the north coast is ~2 hrs form Portland). With that amount of time, I would pick two nights on the north coast (Cannon Beach or Manzanita), two nights on the central coast (Yachats or Newport), one night in Bandon and one night in Brookings, returning to Portland vii hwy 199 to I-5.

The entire coast is full of "must sees". Around every turn will be something of interest to someone!

Edited: 13 July 2012, 19:30
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Seven days will give you time to really see and enjoy the spectacular Oregon Coast. It's the most beautiful in the country, IMO.

I suggest you start by heading west from Portland on Hwy 30 to Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River. Depending on your arrival time, you might want to spend the first night in Astoria--see the Maritime Museum, Astor Column, perhaps Fort Clatsop (Lewis and Clark Expedition winter camp). You might also drive across the bridge to Ilwaco WA and visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center and the lighthouses at Cape Disappointment.

On down the coast, I'd opt for stays at Manzanita and Yachats. Both towns are a little more laid-back than Cannon Beach and Newport that are really touristy. We especially like the Overleaf Lodge in Yachats.

As dengay points out, the entire coast is full of 'must sees' Here's the website of the Oregon Coast mile by mile guide. www.visittheoregoncoast.com

September is a great time to visit - the weather is usually still nice and the coast is uncrowded.

Edited: 13 July 2012, 22:09
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