Although most Oregonians have a favorite beach town that they’ll visit for weekends and summer vacations, if this is your grand tour of the Oregon  coast, plan to spend a few days exploring the northern coast ’s beaches and towns.
If you’re interested in history, architecture, or ship-watching, be sure to spend a night in Astoria —it’s one of our favorite coastal cities, even though it’s several miles from the Pacific Ocean; if you can’t wait to spend time walking on Pacific beaches, head to Cannon Beach  (for a more upscale stay) or Seaside  (which the kids will love) and begin your trip there.
By driving from north to south, you’ll be able to pull off the highway more easily into beach access areas. Campers might want to reserve a space at Nehalem Bay State Park , near the small laid-back town of Manzanita, a few miles south of Cannon Beach; Manzanita  is also a good place to rent a beach house for a weekend.
Aside from the near-mandatory stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory , you’ll probably want to skip the town of Tillamook  and head to the Three Capes Loop , where a night in Pacific City  offers easy access to Cape Kiwanda  as well as comfy lodgings and a good brewpub.