A driving tour of the Oregon Coast is an unforgettable experience that offers some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Our tour runs between Astoria at the Oregon – Washington border, and Florence in the south. You can drive the tour in either direction. And it’s your choice whether to start at one of the end points join anywhere along the route. You can drive this entire route in one superb getaway, or break it into smaller segments to keep coming back to explore new areas each time.
The drive is an impressive contrast and collection of natural wonders – miles of wide sand beaches interrupted by headlands and outcrops of ancient volcanic rock. Forests of towering trees are laced with hiking trails that deliver you to panoramic views and sparkling waterfalls. The coast is filled with bizarre rock formations shaped by a millennia of pounding waves and historic lighthouses to keep passing ships clear of the danger. The wrecks of numerous of the unlucky ones can be explored on the sand to this day.
We’ll follow the human history of the original Native American tribes and their ongoing connection to these lands, and the settlers who forged a new life in the unknown west. The great expedition of Lewis and Clark finally reached the Pacific Coast here, and we can see samples of early fort life. The coast is an outlet for multitudes of rivers, and notable historic and stylish bridges ease our journey to cross these waterways.
It’s not all nature and beaches as we travel from beach town to beach town, each with there own distinctive personality. Many of the coastal towns have fun attractions, interesting place to dine, and brews to sample. There are world-class aquariums, whale watching cruises, beach fun parks amusements and many of our modern conveniences and entertainment to enjoy. Want to try the original Pronto Pup, a classic Oregon chowder – and how about a beer flavored with local cedar? All of those choices await you on your journey.
Astoria or Florence
Recommend 3+ Days
200 miles, one-way between Astoria and Florence
It just doesn’t get any more rugged than the Oregon Coast. Also known as the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Highway 101 traces the entire Oregon coastline. Recognized as one of Oregon’s 7 Wonders, this scenic highway winds through quaint coastal towns and spectacular ocean views as you travel from temperate rainforests in northern Oregon through to sandy beaches in the south.
Highway 101 spans 363 miles along the Oregon coastline from Astoria near the Washington State Line in the north-western corner of Oregon, through to Brookings near the California border. Highway 101 continues through the states of California and Washington for those on an extended road trip. This tour runs between Astoria in the north and Florence in the south.
Summertime is peak season for the Oregon Coast and you can expect constant crowds from Memorial Day through to Labor Day weekend. With fewer visitors and cooler temperatures, spring and fall are generally the best times to visit. April tends to be the best time for wildflower viewing and fall colors usually peak in early October. Winter or “storm watching season” can also be an excellent time to visit – the waves are amazing!
It takes around five hours to drive Highway 101 between Astoria and Florence, but ideally you’ll want to spend at least three days along the Oregon Coast to properly enjoy the beaches, hiking and relaxing in the quaint coastal towns.
Spanning hundreds of miles miles along the Oregon Coast, Highway 101 has numerous public spaces for outdoor recreation and postcard beaches to enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Some of the top highlights along the Oregon Coast include Cannon Beach, Fort Stevens State Park, Devils Punchbowl, Seaside and Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.