On leaving Portland I head up Mount Hood to visit the Timberline Lodge which was used as the exterior for the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining.
From Mount Hood I head over to Larch Mountain which has a viewing area from which you can see Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson & Mt Rainer (pictured above).
A brief stop at Crown Point on the Columbia River then it’s through Tillamook State Forest to the Oregon Coast Hwy. The coastal scenery is beautiful and, among other places, I stop at Depoe Bay on my way to Newport, staying in a Days Inn ($87 1nght).
Leaving Newport I head back up the road to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area with its lighthouse and seals.
Heading south again the coastal hwy really hugs the coastline here and it’s stunning. Stop to visit Heceta Head Lighthouse and wander a trail there before continuing on, via the Oregon Dunes, to overnight at Red Lion Hotel ($118 1nght) in Coos Bay.
A misty morning on the Oregon coast for the next leg of journey, south from Coos Bay to Brookings, stopping at Sunset Bay State Park & Shore Acres State Park. You don’t have to travel far to escape the mist and it’s beautiful blue skies again!
The lunch stop is in Bandon for some delish scampi & chips. There’s no escaping the mist today as I stop to view Face Rock, just off the coast at Bandon.
Continuing down the coast from Bandon to Brookings this stretch of the Oregon coast is littered with state parks to explore and stunning scenery and beaches to wander.
Approaching Brookings, Samuel H Boardman State Park is a wonderful stop for walking, among the various sea stacks off the coast there is a great arch that has been created by the ocean. A great cheap motel in Brookings, Blue Coast Inn & Suites ($139, 2nghts) is the next stopover.
Samuel H Boardman State Park, named in honour of the first Oregon Parks superintendent also contains a huge sand dune that’s separated from the ocean by the steep rocky coastline.
Harris Beach State Park, at Brookings, is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. After wandering along the beach, climbing over driftwood and wandering the coastal cliffs I settle down on the grass with many other people, at this popular sunset spot, to read my kindle and watch the changing colours of the sky as the sun drop into the Pacific Ocean.