My 2018 Oregon road trip was nothing less than amazing. Oregon truly NEVER disappoints. We went late April and had good weather without many people at the locations we went to. Josh and I drove for hours and hours loosely following a schedule we made.
We left in the afternoon and went up do Mt. Baker as it was on our route down to Portland. However, the snow on the side of the road was still about 5 feet tall and the lake was frozen. We will have to make our way back there this summer as it is always beautiful.
We spent the night in Seattle and then in the morning we made our way to Cannon Beach… which is one of the most classic ( and most photographed) beaches on the coast. Cannon Beach always makes for great photos with the large rock formation . The sand is so soft and its a really nice beach to just walk along the water and enjoy the view….which is exactly what we did.
An hour and a half away from Cannon Beach is Cape Kiwanda which is were Josh and I stayed that night. We rented the the cutest Airstream at Harts Camp. It was really spacious (for a trailer) and it is minutes away from the beach. April weather was still a bit too chilly so I didn’t get to use the adorable outside shower they have but I will have to try it out next time. We were entertained by lots of little bunnies that lived around there. So darn cute! 🙂
The cliff were these images are taken is just up the sand hill at the end of the beach. Definitely don’t miss the view from here.
A huge thank you to Josh for all the images and coming with me on this trip!
You can’t really say you were at Cape Kiwanda unless you watch the sunset and have a fire with s’mores.
You can find a post from a prior trip to Cape Kiwanda HERE.
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The Oregon coast has a lot to offer so make sure you stop at all the hidden gems along the way. Josh and I were lucky and found this hill side with the view of the water and it had wild flowers….bonus!!! We pulled over on the road to stop for a bathroom break and we found it! Just a good reminder to enjoy the journey on a road trip and make sure you stop and look around.
If you have the time, I would suggest to make sure you get to the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor to see the natural bridge its about a 5 hour drive from Cape Kiwanda but I believe it is worth it for the view. You can see itty-bitty me in this photo. To get this spot the person will have to do a bit of scrambling up the hill.
That was the end of the coast part of our Oregon road trip. We headed inland for more sights. I suggest staying in Roseburg for the night after the natural bridge. It is a 3 to 4 hour drive inland.
Our first stop the next day was Umpqua Hot Springs. Its pretty busy so I would head there as early as you can so you can enjoy the place to yourself. This was my second time at the hot springs. I went last year with Joel and I realize now that I never did a blog post about that trip. I will have to do that soon!
Next stop was the Painted Hills ( John Day Fossil Beds National Monument). It really lived up to the photos we saw and once again, I think it was worth the drive to see it. I have heard it is best to see early in the day or after a rain because the colours are brighter.
The last stop we did was Toketee Falls. It is such a pretty waterfall and totally easy to get to. Little hikes are a great way to break up the day on a road trip.
Oregon is filled with amazing waterfalls. You can see a post from a waterfalls road trip I took last year HERE.
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