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Coastline Drive - Washington to Eureka

Trails, natural wonders, beaches & charming seaside villages await.

  • 56
  • 14:40
  • 674 mi
  • $65
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Created by stormgerlock - June 20th 2018

Should you choose to road trip the Pacific Coast along Oregon and Washington, prepare to encounter historic seaside resorts, traditional fishing villages, and more natural wonders than you can handle. The Pacific Coast is a world unto itself. This was the end of Lewis and Clark's westward journey and even today holds some secrets for travelers that are just waiting to be discovered. You'll drive down windy roads, along seaside cliffs, past hidden beach coves, through lush valleys with waterfalls, and into towering, old-growth forests.

Pike Place Market
4.5

85 Pike St, Seattle, WA, US

Pike Place Market

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Seattle Aquarium
3.9

1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA, US

Seattle Aquarium

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0mi 00h 02m
Athenian Inn
3.8

1517 Pike Pl Ste 1517, Seattle, WA, US

Athenian Inn

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Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree
4.1

20312 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA, US

Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree

Before finishing up your Pacific Coast road trip in Seattle, make a detour to Vashon, and see the Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree. This is the kind of thing that you have to see to believe... but it's totally real. There are tons of stories as to how this little red bike wound up in the tree, but either way, stop and take some pictures.

Westport Maritime Museum & Grays Harbor Lighthouse
4.5

1020 W Ocean Ave, Westport, WA, US

Westport Maritime Museum & Grays Harbor Lighthouse

Next, head to the Westport Maritime Museum and Grays Harbor Lighthouse. This local museum, in a historic Coast Guard building, is definitely worth a visit. There are exhibits on knot-tying, marine life, the science and history of the coast, beachcombing (super helpful for your next stroll along the shore) and, of course, the lighthouse itself.

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180mi 03h 27m
Worlds Longest Drivable Beach
4.5

Long Beach, WA, US

Worlds Longest Drivable Beach

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Also in Long Beach is the World's Longest Drivable Beach. This is where famed 19th century explorers Lewis and Clark ended their epic cross-country journey, but you've still got a little further to go. Either way, this long stretch of sandy shore is a great place to take a break. If you're lucky, you can catch the Kite Festival, the Sandcastle competition, or one of the other events that happen on the beach.

Ecola Rd, Cannon Beach, OR, US

Cannon Beach

If you were a fan of the 1980's childhood classic film "The Goonies," then you definitely need to stop at Cannon Beach to visit this iconic movie filming location. Even if you haven't seen the movie, it's one of Oregon's most spectacular beaches, with peaceful waves and mysterious rock formations.

Haystack Rock
5.0

487 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR, US

Haystack Rock

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64mi 01h 28m
Manzanita Lighthouse Pub & Grub
3.0

36480 Highway 101 N, Nehalem, OR, US

Manzanita Lighthouse Pub & Grub

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Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
4.3

Lighthouse Road, Tillamook, OR, US

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

Plan to pull over at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint in Oceanside, OR, for one heck of a view. Hiking trails, an 1890's lighthouse, birdwatching, and old-growth forests add to the coastal beauty here, and make it an essential Pacific Coast road trip stop.

Cape Lookout State Park
4.5

13000 Whiskey Creek Rd., Tillamook, OR, US

Cape Lookout State Park

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67mi 01h 28m

3517 N Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR, US

Motel 6 Lincoln City

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0mi 00h 01m
Mojo Coffee
4.5

3565 Nw Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR, US

Mojo Coffee

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12mi 00h 19m
Whale, Sea Life and Sharks Museum
4.5

Ellingson St. & U.S. 101, Depoe Bay, OR, US

Whale, Sea Life and Sharks Museum

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Next up is the Whale, Sea Life and Sharks Museum at Depoe Bay. This local museum focuses on whales and sharks, aka the ocean's coolest creatures. You can also arrange a whale-watching tour here, and pick up some saltwater taffy for the road.

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Whale Watching Center
4.5

119 SW Hwy 101, Depoe Bay, OR, US

Whale Watching Center

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Newport Bay Fishing Pier
4.1

745 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR, US

Newport Bay Fishing Pier

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13mi 00h 19m
Port Dock 1
3.3

325 Sw Bay Blvd, Newport, OR, US

Port Dock 1

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Oregon Undersea Gardens
2.5

250 SW Bay Blvd., Newport, OR, US

Oregon Undersea Gardens

Oregon Coast Aquarium
4.4

2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR, US

Oregon Coast Aquarium

From shipwrecks and seabirds to seals and jellyfish, the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is all about the wildlife that's unique to the Oregon Coast and beyond. Don't miss out on their otter exhibit: it's the cutest thing ever!

Best time to visit: Since summer is the high tourist season, September, after Labor Day, is ideal. The weather is still beautiful from September through October and you can avoid the crowds, since most people are back to work and kids are back in school. However, since the crowds are slightly diminished during fall, lots of older RVers choose fall weekends for road trips along this route. Springtime is a bit unreliable in regards to the weather, and can be quite rainy-- this part of the country is known for its grey skies. If you visit between November and June you might get a glimpse of the gray whales on their annual migration.