While the road isn't as much fun as CA Hwy 1 there is certainly a lot of fantastic scenery on the Oregon Coast as well. Too many beautiful beaches to mention all of them.
My favorites fun things to do in Oregon are:
Rogue River Jet Boats
- Gold Beach, OR.
Very scenic jet boat ride up the Rogue River.
- Florence OR
Hike or Tour the dunes in Navy Ducks or
rent the adrenaline machine of your choice; motorcycles, quads or dune buggies then ride the dunes.
Oregon Light Houses
Eight light houses spread all along the coast, each with it's own scenic photo opportunities.
Sea Lion Caves
- 11 Miles North of Florence, OR
Something of a tourist trap but worth doing once in your life, IMHO.
Go Fly a Kite
- Lincoln City, OR
You will find kite shops all up and down the coast. Lincoln City is known as the "Kite Capitol of the World".
There are tons of souvenir hunting opportunities almost everywhere and many fine art galleries. You probably can't pack much chainsaw sculpture on the scoot but they will certainly ship it for you
. We like to stay around the area of Yachats, OR
when we vacation on the Oregon Coast. A rather small centrally located artsy community. There are several fine art galleries around just this one small town. This section of the coast is an area where the rugged rocky beaches with tide pools and surf breaking on the rocks gives way to wide open flat sandy beaches. The best of both worlds for the beach comber or sun worshiper. Well sun worshiping opportunies in April might be few and far between
Whale Watching - Newport, OR
Fishing or whale watching opportunities. The best time for whale watching in the Spring is March 22-29 but there is always a chance to see small pods or singles. You can whale watch from shore (Whale Watching Center
) or by tour boat. Lots of fishing charters here as well.
- Tillamook, OR
If you are into cheese then Tillamook is the place. Of course you can buy Tillamook cheese in many supermarkets but until you see curds and whey being processed, it's sort of like watching paint dry, you ain't seen cheese
Forty Clatsop National Memorial
- Astoria, OR
Lot's of historic sites and National/State Parks in this area. If you are into Lewis and Clark and the early history of exploration in the Pacific NW then Astoria is a good place to be. It's a big sailboarding destination too.
I have lived in Washington State most of my life and I can honestly say that it has but one thing to offer that the CA and OR coasts do not provide more and better of. That one thing is solitude. The Washington coast is practically undeveloped by comparison. If you look at Hwy 101 in Washington State you can see it does not run along the ocean. You would need to travel State or local roads to get to the ocean anywhere but at the very Southern end of the coast or way up in the Olympic Peninsula. Not that it isn't beautiful but it will not be ocean scenery for the most part.