Anyone who’s ever driven along the Oregon Coast will agree that it’s a truly stunning place. With a length of 363 miles, it’s an enormously long stretch of coastline, which encompasses rock formations and cliffs, small tourist towns and pristine forests. So, you can consider this post to be an homage to the Oregon Coast, a collection of inspiring Oregon coast photos that, hopefully, will make you want to visit the spectacular and wild coast of Oregon.
Running from Astoria on the Washington border in the north to Brookings near the California border in the south, coastal Oregon makes for a superb road trip destination. This is because the entire coastline is paralleled by U.S. Route 101. This scenic highway, known as the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, basically hugs the Oregon Coast for most of its length, offering easy access to secluded beaches, scenic viewpoints and the dozens upon dozens of Oregon Coast state parks.
I know this is a less-known region—I, myself, wasn’t aware of its existence before I moved to Portland. Now, however, I’m in love with the coast of Oregon. I go there to find peace, to think, to photograph, to enjoy the sea breeze, to relish the gorgeous scenery.
15 Breathtaking Oregon Coast Photos
Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach is one of the most popular and accessible state parks on the Oregon Coast.
The Astoria-Megler Bridge spans the Columbia River near its mouth in Astoria and connects Oregon and Washington.
Sunsets can be downright sensational all along the coast of Oregon.
Don’t miss the Thor’s Well sinkhole in Cape Perpetua!
Waves batter the cliffs of Cape Kiwanda non-stop, occasionally providing an impressive, and dangerous, spectacle.
It’s not a large state park, but Cape Meares does have a pretty lighthouse and is a great spot to watch the sunset.
A woman overlooks the sand spit between Netarts Bay and the Pacific Ocean in Cape Lookout State Park.
Low tide at Hug Point gives access to a seasonal waterfall on the beach. How cool is that?
Possibly the most spectacular section of the Oregon Coast is the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor near the border with California.
Another amazing spot on the southern Oregon Coast is rock-strewn and sea stack-filled Bandon Beach.
Photogenic Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most photographed buildings on the entire coast.
The Needles are a prominent rock formation off Cannon Beach.
The main and most famous sea stack at Cannon Beach, however, is Haystack Rock, a protected wildlife refuge.
You’ll find another Haystack Rock, which is even larger, at Cape Kiwanda, a fantastic spot to see wave action, whales, and have a beach beer.
Looking east from Cape Kiwanda, you have a wonderful view of Pacific City.
Have you ever visited the beautiful Oregon Coast? I hope you enjoy these Oregon coast photos. Share your experiences in the comments below!