Sculpted by powerful natural forces, Oregon’s northern coast combines the familiar with the otherworldly. Dramatic headlands separate sandy beaches and their adjoining communities. Like siblings, each town has its unique traits, as well as those that reflect a shared DNA.
The treacherous waters offshore are part of a longer ship-swallowing stretch known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. Yet when conditions are right, adventurous surfers and sea kayakers are quick to venture out.
Beachcombing is a year-round sport, and hiking through rain forests overlooking the shore can be amazing. While Oregon’s entire coast offers settings to behold, the roughly 100-mile northern stretch from Astoria to Lincoln City is particularly appealing—and easily accessible from Portland. Here are 10 places to soak in the wonders of an Oregon Coast road trip.