PEDHAKKA' S TRAVEL

OREGON COAST DRIVE

Posted in OREGON COAST DRIVE by pedhakka on May 26, 2009

Oh it was Memorial Day weekend and we sure cannot afford to miss the extra day off. So I decided to come up with a long trip with good amount of drive involved. Road trips are always fun and should be done every now and then to release oneself from the usual chaos. From a high level my plan was to cover the entire Oregon Coast, cover the scenic byway and reach Crater Lake and then come back through bend and back to Seattle and in doing so covering the places which are on the way.

My initial research was to go to multiple travel sites to find out places that need to be covered and I came up with a list. I also used Flickr to see how these places looked and if they are really worth going to.   The goal was also to not wear ourselves out by driving for excessively long hours. So we started Friday evening and reached Portland where we time shared a friend’s apartment. Luckily he decided to visit Seattle the same weekend. So it worked out pretty well. Early Saturday morning, we drove from Portland and reached US 101 right around Fort Stevens State Park area.

FORT STEVENS STATE PARK

This was our first stop. There is an entry ticket to this park along which you also get some maps of the park. This is an ideal place for camping over night. I could see lots and lots of RVs parked and hundreds of tents and people all over the camping ground which was very close to the entrance. We wanted to hit the “Ship wreck” as I have seen pictures of this ship wreck in flickr. Unfortunately the weather was horrible. The sky was just pale and it was a bad day to be outside travelling and taking pictures for. This famous ship wreck is  remains from a very old ship which is totally rusted. Kids would love this shipwreck because it’s like one of those things that you see in the play area just big and rusted.

LOCATION:

Fort Stevens State Park

100 Peter Iredale Rd

Hammond  OR 97121

Entrance fee:$3 daily use

Website

SUNSET BEACH

Next stop was Sunset Beach. I have seen several pictures of this beach and it’s a paradise during sunset. But unfortunately due to the bad weather, we could not even view the Cape Disappointment from here. That was a big disappointment!!! But we did utilize the drive on the beach. Very few beaches offer this where you can literally drive your car on the shores. We were so close that the car wheels had a free wash from the sea waters.

LOCATION:

Sunset beach Road Uninc Clatsop county OR 97146

Entrance fee:Free

ECOLA STATE PARK

After spending a little while here, we drove down to Ecola state park. Another great place for overnight camping. This park also holds the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse which stands on a separate small island. We could also view the Haystack Rock from this park. There are several view points at this park.

LOCATION:

Ecola state park road Uninc Clatsop County OR 97146

Entrance fee:$3

Website

CAPE MEARES STATE SCENIC VIEWPOINT

Cape Meares State Park was the next place that we visited. Cape Meares Lighthouse, a very famous one that you see in posters was built on this state park. There is a gift shop in this light house that sells souvenirs. Also there is staff who talks about the history of this lighthouse. You would wonder how many of the light houses are maintained just for the sake of travelers. They do not serve any purpose in this technological era.

LOCATION:

Lighthouse is open

whole month of April 11a.m to 4 p.m thur-sun

May to Oct same timings daily

Entrance fee:Free

Website

TILLAMOOK CHEESE FACTORY

The next stop was the Tillamook Cheese Factory. This place has a legacy in the art of cheese making. They also manufacture other milk products. This place was crowded like a theme park. After tasting their in- house ice cream this place instantly became my favorite.

LOCATION:

4175 Highway 101 North
Tillamook, OR  97141
Phone:503-815-1300

Website

OCEANSIDE BEACH STATE PARK

We also covered Cape Meares State Park, the famous 3 rocks Oceanside Beach State Park recreation site and the Yakina bay state park on our way to the Devils Churn.

LOCATION:

Oceanside Beach State Park Tillamook OR

Website

DEVILS CHURN

The Devils churn was the most intriguing spot of the entire trip. This churn is a phenomenon created by the fast and fiery waves hitting the rocks on the shore. This creates a crevice on the earth’s surface which makes it look like the earth was split in the middle of the mountain. The way the waves hit the rocks makes this place a little scary.

LOCATION:

11 miles South of Waldport on Hwy 101

Website

On our way to the hotel we drove through the Heceta Head Lighthouse and Sea lion Caves.

SEA LION CAVES


LOCATION:

91560 Highway 101 Florence OR 97439

Entrance Fee:$10 Each

Open hr:

July-Aug 8 a.m

Year round 9 a.m

HECETA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE


Finally we hit the sack in a hotel near Roseburg Oregon.

SUTHERLIN MICOTEL

1400 Hospitality Way, Sutherlin, OR 97479

Phone:541-459-6800

Website

After a nice continental breakfast in the hotel we were on the road once again. It took us exactly 3 hours to reach Crater Lake.

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK

On our way to crater lake we came across a view point for Diamond lake. The fog on the lake surface facing the mountain was a scenic view.

The first look at the lake just amazed me. It was so huge. No wonder it’s the biggest and the deepest lake in the entire country. Also I read that the water in this lake is entirely from the snow and rain and is not fed by any river. We drove along the west rim although we could not cover the entire road because a portion of it was closed due to snow. The Discovery point along this drive offers a wonderful view of the Wizard islands.

On the way back we had a wonderful view of Mt.Theilsen. We drove along the scenic byway and reached Portland by the evening. Had a nice sleep and drove back to seattle the next day. A long weekend spent wisely covering so many places. I can’t wait for the next one.

LOCATION:

Crater Lake National Park Rim Drive Crater Lake, OR 97604

Website

DRIVING DIRECTION:

DAY 1: Portland,OR -101 Hwy,OR-Sutherlin,OR

DAY 2: Sutherlin, OR-Portland,OR

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