Pacific Wonderland: Explore the Oregon Coast


Pacific Wonderland: Explore the Oregon Coast


  • Shore View of the Oregon Coast

  • Map of Oregon

There is a lot to see and do in Portland proper but the Rose City also serves as a great home base for exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

In 1967, Oregon Governor Tom McCall was instrumental in passing the Oregon Beach Bill which provides “free and uninterrupted use of the beaches” to the public. From the California border in the south to the Columbia River, 363 miles to the north, the Oregon Coast is yours to explore!

Cannon Beach
For easy access to this coastal region of parks and small towns, head 80 miles west on Highway 26, over the thickly forested Coast Mountain Range, until the highway dead ends at Cannon Beach.

Ecola State Park
For an elevated view, stop by Ecola State Park. Pay $5 to park and then enjoy the same views that explorers Lewis & Clark experienced over 200 years ago. Clark remarked the southern vista was the “grandest and most pleasing prospect” that he had yet to survey.

Haystack Rock
Follow Sacagawea’s and the explorers’ path south to the small town of Cannon Beach and enjoy the view of famous Haystack Rock.

Hug Point
A short 5 miles further down Route 101 is Hug Point. Here you will find remnants of an old road carved into the rock over 100 years ago to provide access to stagecoaches and wagons and keep them out of the surf below. Time your visit during low tide, and explore tide pools, caves and a waterfall that empties directly onto the beach.

No matter which part of the coast you choose to explore, you are sure to appreciate Governor McCall’s efforts and understand why we call Oregon,  “Pacific Wonderland.”

Where I’d stay: The Hampton Inn & Suites Astoria, located on the Columbia River, brand new with free breakfast and free wifi, or before starting the roadtrip, Embassy Suites Downtown Portland for a homebase.

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Joshua RPost by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Joshua R. What is your favorite park to visit on the coast? Can we help you with other recommendations? Tweet us and let us know how we can help!
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