"Thor's Well" at Cape Perpetua.

Take a 10-Day Coastal Oregon Road Trip

For many travelers, following the coastal highway U.S. 101 along the rugged Oregon coast is the trip of a lifetime. Twisting roads, slow-moving traffic, and jaw-dropping vistas are sure to slow you down, so start out by planning flexibility into your schedule.

View from atop a golden grassy hill of a sandy peninsula.

Exploring the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area

Today, in addition to its biological importance, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area is a mecca for some 6,000 hikers annually and for anglers who target the salmon and steelhead runs on the Salmon River. Learn more about exploring Cascade Head along Oregon’s north coast.

Overlooking Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon coast.

Visiting Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda

Located along the Three Capes Scenic Loop, the small town of Pacific City attracts an increasing number of vacationers. Read more about the area, including the authors’ top choice for the nicest place to stay along the loop.