I have to say the Oregon Coast surprised me. Here in the US you rarely hear about this state. However, the coast of Oregon is absolutely beautiful.
We headed up along the 101 to enjoy the scenic coast line. Here the temperature was much cooler due to the proximity to the coast. Once you headed inland the temperature rose dramatically. (As we found out when we headed to Portland on our way to Washington state.) The coast was very dramatic with twists and turns and many rocky cliffs below.
Rock cliffs separate the road and you from the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
In my book, Oregon is one of the country’s best kept secrets. Next trip through we will have to spend some time inland to enjoy more of the natural beauty this state has to offer. My only regret is wishing we had more time here.
Two viewpoints of the same huge rock in the Pacific Ocean at sunset.
This would be our last days along the coast and I wanted to make it count. I was on the lookout for ocean side camping. Lucky for us we found it at Tillicum State Park, approximately half way up the Oregon Coast. When we arrived that afternoon there were about 5 camping spots left, 3 of which were next to the beach. Despite the cold wind blowing in from the Pacific, I insisted on a beach side spot.
Our campsite at Tillicum State Park. Although it’s hard to see here there is quite the drop off to the ocean behind those trees.
This small path led to a fence, protecting the visitor from sudden death or at the very least broken bones. if you fell from this height.
Our direct access to the ocean. Our campsite is to the left in this photo.
This site was perfect with the beautiful view of the coast and there is nothing like falling asleep to ocean waves crashing onshore. Our stay was short but left an impression nonetheless.
A foggy start to the day
Clear view of the ocean as the fog receded.
Oregon is truly a state worth seeing. With unmatched beauty at every turn you will miss the 101 when you finally have to leave it behind.