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Brookings Oregon north to Astoria-time frame help!

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Brookings Oregon north to Astoria-time frame help!

2 adults,driving along the coast end of August.we want to know if this can be done in 2 full days? We want to spend more time in the southern 1/2 as we can get back to the northern 1/2 later.Want to look at tide pools,parks,light houses & other natural areas along the coast.Where would the 2 overnight stops be?Coos Bay area & Newport /or Lincoln City?Not really spending any time in hotel except to sleep & restock supplies..Not sure how long just the driving time itself would be on 101?.I know it.s not a speedy highway.Thanks for any help.!Never been to Oregon,just moved to Washington.

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1. Re: Brookings Oregon north to Astoria-time frame help!

Google maps gives good estimates for drive time. Generally TA folks advise 3 days for the entire coast so if you only have two days(not including drive time to/from Seattle) you should be able to see and do alot on the south/central coast. Would consider using Bandon and Newport as your overnight stops.

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2. Re: Brookings Oregon north to Astoria-time frame help!

As a general rule, figure an average speed of about 50 MPH. There are many straight stretches where you can easily drive 60+, but most towns have a 25 MPH speed limit, and there are still some winding bits of the highway here and there. The southern coast has some earth slippage which makes for slower speeds and there will most likely be roadworks along various sections, although on my last trip to Eureka at the end of June I didn't encounter any, other than the bridge at Pistol River.

Where are you starting your coastal drive?

Bandon is a much better suggestion than Coos Bay - smaller, more scenic. And even though Lincoln City has a lot of motels on the beach, Newport is more attractive and slightly less congested.

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3. Re: Brookings Oregon north to Astoria-time frame help!

Straight driving time from Brookings to Astoria takes right at 8 hrs with only potty stops (I've done this drive more times than I care to count!).

The ONLY reasons I would encourage you to stay in Coos Bay/North Bend is you said you wanted to explore the south a bit and staying there it would give you a better opportunity to view Sunset Bay/Shore Acres/ Cape Arago State Parks, which are roughly 10 miles SW of Coos Bay on a dead-end road. They truly are a gem along the southern coast that are often overlooked because they are a bit out of the way.

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4. Re: Brookings Oregon north to Astoria-time frame help!

Thanks,yes I read the Coos Bay area has alot to see but is overlooked in favor of other places.We want to see the dunes so I thought staying on one of the ends of the dunes would give us more time,Think Florence is the other end?Also looking for tide pools,sea lions if the season is right.Think whale time is later?Love the state parks too.

Trying to stay in some chain motels to take the $$ sting after the cabins & B&B.s.

Thanks for your info....

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5. Re: Brookings Oregon north to Astoria-time frame help!

Hi again! You replied to my other post about Lassen NP to the coast.!So we are coming over from Lassen &north back up the California/Oregon coast.Just moved to Seattle so if we have to skimp on the north end of the trip we can get back to Astoria & that area if we run out of time .We want to have plenty of time for stops & detours along the way..Interested in boating,working fishing fleet areas if there are any?Is it Pacific City where the dory fleet leaves from the beach?Thanks for all your help!

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6. Re: Brookings Oregon north to Astoria-time frame help!

Newport has a working fishing fleet, plus sea lions. You can often see whales from land as well as from various whale watching boat tours.

>> I read the Coos Bay area has alot to see <<

Hmmm, there is an interesting Boardwalk / outdoor museum in Coos Bay, and a Vietnam Memorial just north in North Bend. That's about all I can think of - the casino of course. Cape Arago and Shore Acres are west of there.

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