Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Fab Auto Tours of Central Oregon Coast: Scenery That Drives You Wild

Published 05/06/2015


(Yachats, Oregon) – Sometimes, the weather just does not cooperate on a trip to the Oregon coast. Or even if it is in a really good, sunny mood and disposition, you want to see a large swath of it in one sitting. A nice drive will fit this bill nicely.

On the central Oregon coast, near the very center of the state's beaches, two wild and rugged possibilities lurk next to each other. Some of the best views and drives are nestled cozily along the water's edge between Florence and Yachats. Two cajoling and memorable drives in this area provide some of the most intense scenery from the comfort zone of your rig.

Cape Perpetua Auto Tour. Whether it's rain or shine, the area around Cape Perpetua is a consistent wow-inducer. Just south of Yachats, a few hundred feet south of the Devil's Churn parking lot, you'll find the entrance. The sign is clearly marked here: take the road on the east side of the highway to get to the Interpretive Center, to go to the top of Cape Perpetua and its trails or to take the 19-mile, 45-minute tour around the mountain and back to Yachats.

Stay straight, and you soon have the choice of taking the big Auto Tour and scenic route, or wind your way up the small mountain to the top. You'll meander through a thick rainforest before ending up back in Yachats.


The tiny, twisting ride to the top provides an enormous reward, however. Here, you've risen 803 feet above the sea and the panoramic view is awe-inspiring - augmented by an atmospheric stone wall encircling the viewpoint.

“This is always one of my favorites,” said Angela Rawlins of Eugene. “We always stop at the little stone building looking out at and over the ocean. It's just jaw-dropping.”

South of Yachats. It's the kind of drive that could be your last: it's so tempting to keep looking out the window that it needs a lot of discipline to keep your eyes on the road.

Rawlins never tires of this one.

“I just discovered it recently, having found out a lot of the show Bates Motel films here,” Rawlins said. “All those ocean vistas and beach road scenes are filmed right here.”

This mere 25-mile stretch between Florence and Yachats is filled with numerous tight curves atop high cliffs which create a never-ending cavalcade of amazing ocean views. If the weather is rough, there's plenty to see along this route. And if it's anything but rough, it's among the most pristine and uncrowded sections of all the Oregon Coast.

First up, south of Yachats, you begin the climb towards Cape Perpetua and the Devil's Churn, as blackened basalt shelves meander between you and the sea in various, unidentifiable shapes. For the next 20 miles or so, the road rises and falls, interspersed with rocky landscapes and sandy beaches dotted with boulders and basalt structures.

Some have bluffs and some are fairly flat, but all are rather bereft of human presence. At Strawberry Hill, climb out over a large headland with steps embedded in the rocks and sand, and wander down to a sandy stretch of various colors and textures, where boulders and formations create a kind of labyrinth. Tide pools reign supreme here.

There's the cobblestone surrealism of Bob Creek Wayside, where at low tide, weird mushroom-like rocks emerge that are covered with crusty marine life and starfish. At Rock Creek Campground and Roosevelt Beach, there's sand and small sea stacks, with a patch of basalt that cradles an idyllic, babbling brook. A bit south of there, spots like Muriel O. Ponsler Wayside are all sand, and it's about where the landscape flattens out to seemingly endless beaches.

Just north of Florence, you'll hit the incredible views near Heceta Head Lighthouse and Sea Lion Caves, where a myriad of pullouts allow you to gaze in awe at the wildlife covered cliffs and dramatic waves slamming into bulging structures at the bottom.

“I love all this stretch,” Rawlins said. “There's not a bad beach in the bunch.”

More on this area below and at the Upper Lane County Virtual Tour, Map.


 

 

More About Yachats Lodging .....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, saut�ed scallops.
Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss
Pacific City, Oregon

 


 

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Oregon Coast Beach Bill Parties Kick Off in Cannon Beach, May 13
Cannon Beach will be the first town to kick off this year's celebration of the Oregon Beach Bill 50th anniversary. Cannon Beach events
Rainspout Music Fest Rocks Yachats Area of Oregon Coast This Weekend
The tiny town of Yachats hosts this grand affair on April 28 -30. Yachats events
N. Oregon Coast Events: Tillamook History Book, Local Seafood Issues
What's going on with the local seafood industry on the Oregon coast and around Oregon? Tillamook events, Pacific City events
Swarm of Five Small Quakes Off Oregon Coast Last Week
A string of five small earthquakes rattled off the Oregon coast this last week, with four on Saturday alone. Geology
Asteroid Swings Close Tonight, Possibly Seen Around Oregon, the Coast
It will pass close by Earth tonight and be visible with small telescopes. Science
The Giant Misconception About Oregon Coast Sea Foam: Actually Awesome
One puzzling reaction is that many think sea foam is bad, but it's a very good thing. Science, Hatfield, Seaside Aquarium, kids, travel tips
March for Science on Central Oregon Coast, April 22
Newport organizers will create their own version, called the the People's March for Science. Newport events
State Seeks Input on Which Oregon Coast Beaches to Monitor
What Oregon coast beaches do you think need to be monitored for health hazards

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted