At the first stop on our journey to San Francisco, we stayed in Gold Beach Oregon as we intentionally wanted to go down the coastline to get there. It was about a 6 hour drive down, but we weren’t just racing to get to Gold Beach. We had a few stops before arriving that made this part of the trip special. The southern Oregon coast is magical and it would be a waste if we didn’t stop at some of the viewpoints. We’ve never visited this place in the world.
Cape Blanco State Park
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Starting the drive in Portland we made our way down I-5 to get past all of the spots we have already been to and then cut over to the coast just past Eugene. This had us hitting the coastline near Reedsport, which is right near the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This area is known for ATVs but can be quite beautiful and serene when they aren’t around. We did not stop here, but we did drive right by it with a view from the road. It would be worth a visit.
Cape Blanco State Park
Driving further south along the coast, we stopped at Cape Blanco State Park. Knowing there was a lighthouse there (I love lighthouses), this was a must stop. While this was the center focus, there were many other things to do here. There are some small hiking trails and horse trails here, as well as beach access and some nice viewpoints. Once you are at the lighthouse, you can go inside and up all the stairs to the beautiful glass. It does cost a couple dollars per person to go in, but that is worth it to keep this historical place preserved. It is nearly 150 years old.
Port Orford Heads State Park
This was an easy stop off the highway and a quick mile-long hike to some wonderful views. We were excited to do this hike and were amazed at what we saw next. The water was an incredible deep turquoise color and there were some pretty awesome rock formations.
Otter Point State Recreational Area
The next stop was Otter Point which had some amazing sea cliffs, rock formations, and viewpoints. There were also some sea caves and nearby beaches to really take in the beauty of the area.
This day was filled with excitement around every corner. We had an idea of what to expect after doing some basic research, but it turned out to be much more. Every new place was more eye-candy than the last and it just kept going. We would highly recommend checking this area out sometime and seeing it for yourself.
Have you ever been to the Southern Oregon Coast? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section.
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