It’s been quite a few months since my last trip to Asia and a lot has happened since. I was in two rear-end car accidents – I’m fine, still alive – but I just haven’t been in the mood for whipping out them blog posts. I’m back and I am making it a goal to blog once a week (hopefully). Sign up for newsletters in the sidebar on the right and make sure you never miss a post!
Now onto the juicy story…
Ahhh yessssss, Oregon. I was just in Portland last April but never got the chance to actually see Oregon Coast. Like Vancouver, Oregon is infamous for its rain and can even get a bit stormy at times. If you’re lucky, however, you’ll get to witness the coast in all its glories.
Along with my friend Sharon (aka my personal photographer), we flew down to Portland and drove over to the coast. We only stayed in the States for 2 nights hence not a whole lot of time to fully explore, but here are my top choices for where to find the best views of Northern Oregon Coast.
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach is perhaps one of the most popular destinations along the North Coast. I myself have seen it all over Google, TripAdvisor, Instagram, what have you. Now funny thing is, all this time I had thought Cannon Beach was a beach but it’s not… It’s the name of a city!! In 1846, a cannon from a shipwreck was washed ashore and since then the area has been referred to as Cannon Beach. And of course, no trip here can be complete without a visit to Ecola State Park.
Upon arriving, we were greeted with signs to the view point. I’ll never forget the warmth of the sun gently kissing my cheeks and the gust of wind blowing through my hair, or the sound of the waves crashing against shore and the song the seagulls sang as they spread their wings and flew across the vast blue sky. I cannot begin to describe my sense of astonishment and there simply isn’t a word in the English dictionary to describe the beauty I had witnessed.
It does get a bit windy, but grab a jacket and your picnic basket and enjoy lunch with a view.
Aside from the viewpoint, there is a trailhead about another 5 to 7-minute drive further ahead. (This park is huge!) The stairs here lead down to the beach and this is definitely a great place to surf and ride the waves. We even saw one family setting up campfire and grilling fish! Awesome weekend getaway location for parents looking to take their kids outdoors.
There are also quite a few trails as well. If you do wish to challenge the hikes, make sure to double check online that the trails are open. Due to storms and heavy rain, sometimes the trails get washed out and it can get a bit dangerous on those slippery slopes.
Another iconic Cannon Beach landmark. I’m starting to feel a bit guilty that I’m really just listing the most well-known attraction sights but hey, they’re popular for a reason.
Haystack Rock is a 235-foot sea stack and the surrounding smaller rocks are called The Needles. There are several inns and resorts located right along the beach and we unfortunately did not get to stay at one, but I would definitely recommend spending a night here so you get to experience the coast from dusk to dawn.
View from nearby inn parking lot.
Cannon Beach is by far one of the most scenic cities I have visited. I hear the the weather here is pretty consistent throughout the four seasons not like in Vancouver where we get most of our rain in the fall. It might be difficult to plan your visit with mother nature being so unpredictable but if you wish to try your luck, I most certainly recommend Ecola State Park and Haystack Rock. Again, these might sound like generic itinerary suggestions but ughh views for days okay! Need I say more!?
Our trip this time was made possible with our Jeep car rental from Enterprise. It was not sponsored but I always find myself returning for their competitive prices and excellent services. Now our trip was obviously a little short and we’ve only covered the tip of the ice burg. I definitely can’t wait to be back, but in the meantime, here is a helpful Oregon Coast road trip itinerary guide.
Thanks for tuning in and I’ll see you in my next week!