Oregon Coast Vacation

An Oregon Coast Vacation offers families a chance to visit one of the most spectacular coast lines in the world.

The Oregon Coast also known as Highway 101 meanders along the Oregon Coast from Astoria to the California Boarder.


Seaside is a classic resort town where you can roam the beach, rent bicycles, ride bumper cars or a carousel. Seaside has been a popular Oregon Coast destination, since the 1800’s.

Stop at the Seaside Aquarium to feed the seals on your Oregon Coast Vacation, the kids will love it.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a picture perfect coastal town with Art galleries, and resorts to pamper you.

Ecola State Park offers dramatic views of Haystack Rock. This park also offers 1300 acres of ocean frontage from Cannon Beach to Indian Beach. Indian Beach is a great place to watch surfers and search tide pools.


Tillamook is located in the center of several dairy farms on the Northern Oregon Coast between the Coastal Range Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The City of Tillamook is the gateway to the area where some of the most beautiful beaches on the Oregon Coast.

The Tillamook Cheese Factory is listed as one of the top 10 visitor attractions in the state. Learn about their history, watch the cheese making and taste the yummy cheese and ice cream offerings in the cafe.

The Tillamook Air Museum is for those historical war time airplane lovers in the family. The Tillamook air museum houses over 30 Warbirds, a rare WWII blimp hangar, an exhibit hall, a gift shop and a cafe.

There are three State Parks along the three capes loop just west of Tillamook worth exploring on your families Oregon coast vacation.

Cape Lookout State Park is located on sand spit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, giving you a terrific view of the ocean and easy access to the beach. This is a camping and day use park with hiking trails and great beach access and is reported as a good location to find glass floats.

Cape Meares State Park is a scenic viewpoint situated 200 feet above the ocean. The park features tours of an 1890’s lighthouse, hiking trails and you may catch a glimpse of the bald eagles and peregrine falcons known to nest near here.

Cape Kiwanda State Park is the smallest of the three state parks along the capes loop but has the best wave action of them all. Hang Gliding and kite flying are popular activities at this park.

Lincoln City

Lincoln City is located in the center of the Oregon coast along highway 101 and offers many activities for your Oregon Coast vacation. In addition to Lincoln Cities 7 miles of beaches and hiking trails you can fly kites, visit a rhododendron garden, tour glass blowing studios, or look through the small shops.

Jennifer L Sears Glass Art Studio has glass blowing demonstrations and for those brave family members, you can pay a fee to blow your own glass paper weight or glass float. Although lots of fun this is probably not for small children.

If you happen to visit Lincoln City in early August, check out Taft Beach for their annual Sand Castle Building Contest. Participants are given three hours to build their creations before judging.

Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay has the world’s smallest navigable harbor with charter fishing, whale watching and storm watching are popular past times of this coastal community. You can stand on the bridge and watch the boats navigate a very narrow opening to the ocean, it’s quite exciting when the surfs up.

At the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department park rangers are ready to answer your questions and help you find whales to watch.


Newport has been an Oregon Coast vacation hot spot since 1856. If you like beaches, you’ll find one to call your own at Newport. Here are a few places to visit around Newport:

Oregon Coast Aquarium is a must stop on your families Oregon Coast vacation. This world class facility has an underwater acrylic tunnel to see sharks, rays and other deep sea fish, outdoor viewing pools to see otters, seals and sea lions and you can even sign up to sleep with the sharks…yes you can sleepover at this aquarium.

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is the only wooden lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, the only one with living quarters attached and the only one that is now a museum. Open daily for your Oregon Coast vacation viewing pleasure.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse was built in 1873 and remains an excellent example of the late 1800's lighthouses. The lighthouse tower, at 93 feet, is the tallest of any lighthouse in Oregon.

Seal Rock State Park has large offshore rock formations making it the perfect habitat for seals and sea birds. This park offers beach access and Tide pools.


Yachats is nestled between the lush forested mountains of the Coast Range and the lapping waves of the Pacific surf; this charming little village has long been known as an Oregon Coast gem vacation destination.

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is 2700 acres and part of the Siuslaw National Forest. You will find awe-inspiring views, a fissure in the basalt known as Devils churn provides exceptional wave action, an old growth forest, and numerous hiking trails including one to the Giant Spruce.


The Sea Lion Caves is an immense sea cave and home to one of the largest groups of endangered sea lions in the United States. The cave area has lots of stairs and has no handicapped or stroller access.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends from Florence to Coos Bay with many access points along 101. One such location is off the South Jetty Road. Here you can see the towering dunes and watch the vehicles climb them. For those brave at heart here are two companies that offer Dune Rides, Sand Land and Sand Dunes Frontier

At Sand Land Adventures Family Fun Center you can ride a giant tour dune buggy on the Oregon Dunes, try out the bumper boats, the grand prix go karts, play mini golf or take a ride on the Clover line Railroad. A full day of fun can be found here on your Oregon Coast vacation.

Port Orford

Port Orford is a unique natural open water port offering spectacular ocean views and storm watching as wave’s crash against the jetty. The pristine water of the coves offer divers excellent opportunities to discover life under the sea.

Four miles North of Port Orford and sitting on a 200 foot cliff is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. Completed in 1870, it is often open for tours and makes a great Oregon Coast family vacation picture stop!

Humbug Mountain State Park and campground are dominated by the Humbug Mountain elevation 1,756. Visitors to the state park enjoy hiking to the top of the Humbug Mountain, windsurfing and scuba diving.

At the Prehistoric Gardens life size replicas of dinosaurs live in a peaceful rain forest. Kids will enjoy this adventure.

Gold Beach

Gold Beach is located in Oregon’s banana belt, where the Rogue River meets the sea and is a little sea town featuring both ocean and river fun.

Jerry’s Rogue Jets has been family owned and operated for 50 years. Jerry’s Rogue Jets operates a Nature Based Rogue River Adventure trip that is perfectly suited for all ages, kids to grandparents. Along the tour you may see osprey, deer, beers and otters. Trips are available May through October.

Mail Boat Hydro Jet Trips have been braving the rapids from Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast up the Rogue River. While mail delivery remains one of our functions, providing scenic trips on the river in their jet powered mail boats has become the main attraction.

Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor offers some of the most amazing views in Southern Oregon. The first view point sits 200 feet above sea level and offers a 40 mile view on a clear day.

Now we have traveled along the Oregon Coast Highway 101 from North to South, Seaside to Gold Beach, your family should be ready to start planning their very own Oregon Coast Vacation.

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