The northwest part of the United States is magical. It is a place I once associated with hipsters in Portland and hippies in the mountains to the east, but only a small portion of what Oregon has to offer.

Doing a complete review of the coast reveals all the beautiful hiking spots and sleepy seaside towns.

The accommodations and stops are fairly budget-friendly. However, I have listed other places to check out, too!

Are you inspired to explore the Oregon coast? Here’s your ultimate four-day guide to all of the things you can find along the coast.

Day 1: Astoria

Two hours from Portland, you will find the beautiful waterfront city of Astoria. Located at the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria was a base for Lewis and Clark and it is still a perfect spot to base your own explorations.

Lewis and Clark National Historic Park is located in Washington, Oregon. Fort Stevens State Park is located in Washington, Oregon.

Follow in the footsteps of explorers who came before you in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Set aside time to fish at Fort Stevens State Park.

Both parks are only about 15 minutes apart, so it’s easy to get to both.


For a beachside town with all of the bells and whistles, Seaside is another prime base. Walk along the promenade to get your heart racing at the amusement park. Then head out kayaking.

Ecola State Park

20 miles south of Seaside you will find gorgeous hiking trails meandering down the coastline. While the natural beauty alone makes it worth a visit, 80s kids are in for a special treat. Goonies was filmed here and there are occasional tours going by.

You will find the Goonies filming locations all over Astoria and Cannon Beach, so plan some extra time if you are a fan.

Cannon Beach

Aside from the goonies, cannon beach was my favorite place to stay for an overnight. There are countless little coffee shops, restaurants, and stores. Though it is a touristy town, it is fun in the summer.

We sampled the local brews at MacGregor’s Public Coast Brewery and Pelican Brewing. The fresh seafood at Corbin’s Restaurant and Castaways is a hit with locals and tourists alike.

We stayed at Schooner’s Cove, which also had motel vibes, but it was cozy clean and right on the beach.

Recommended accommodations in Cannon Beach, Oregon: Accommodations in Cannon Beach, Oregon

  • The Ocean Lodge
  • Inn at Haystack Rock
  • Cannon Beach Hotel

Day 2: Cannon Beach

If you’re starting your day in Cannon Beach, make a beeline for Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters for amazing coffee and freshly baked pastries.

Once you are fueled with caffeine and sugar make your way down to Haystack Rock. It’s less than a ten-minute walk and it’s an iconic photo op.

Arcadia Beach

Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site is two miles south of Cannon Beach and it’s a dreamy place for a day at the beach.

This beach is known for its singing sands. Once in a while when the conditions are just right, the sand makes a squeaky violin-like sound.

Oswald West State Park

Want to feel like you are in the Pacific Northwest? Visit the ferns and beaches of Oswald West State Park.

We were in love with the Jurassic Park vibes of the trail down to Blumenthal Falls. The overgrown path meandering along the seaside has an otherworldly beauty.


I am a fan of this creamery for over 110 years. Come take a tour and stay for ice cream and cheese!


Newport is a hopping holiday destination, especially for bird and seal watching.

We spent some time at Newport Brewing Company and were impressed with their craft brews and pub grub. I would recommend spending at least an afternoon exploring the seaside.

In Newport, Oregon, we recommend the following accommodations:

  • The Whaler
  • Ocean House

Day 3: Florence

Florence has miles of beaches and sand dunes. It is a beach lover’s dream. Wander the unique boutiques, browse the antique shops, and enjoy that small-town charm.

Coos Bay

Coos Bay is famous for its waterfalls in the Oregon Coast Range. Coos Bay is part of the much-loved Adventure Coast of Oregon.

This area is famous for its charming neighborhoods and natural beauty. This area is also a popular spot for outdoor adventure.


We found the funky Bandon Wayside Motel and RV Park. With updated motel rooms along with campsites for RVs, we were thrilled at this find.

This is a dream destination for year-round cycling and hiking.

Recommended accommodations in Bandon, Oregon:

  • Bandon Marina Inn
  • Lighthouse Cove Inn
  • Windermere On The Beach

Day 4: Bandon

For fishing, horseback riding, and just enjoying the incredible raw beauty of wild beaches in Bandon is a lovely spot.

Visit Bandon Coffee Co for a fresh cup of coffee.

Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor

Follow the trail along Cape Sebastian and bring your camera. Oregon is a great place for hiking, so be sure to take your camera!

My top pick was the Cape Lookout Trail, which gives you a truly sweeping view.

Samuel H Boardman Scenic Corridor

Another unforgettable hiking area is the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor. There are Instagram-worthy views around nearly every corner.

Make sure to check out the Natural Bridge trail on your way over. It will reconnect you with nature.


We camped at Harris Beach State Park and it was one of many great locations.

You can easily go wrong in Brookings. There are countless campgrounds that provide great proximity to the town as well as the beach. Select any spot that catches your eye and get ready for a tranquil stay.

I liked the restaurants in town, especially Chetko Brewery and Pacific Sushi. I especially loved these places!

The recommended accommodations in Brookings Oregon are: A. Hostel (click link for details).

  • Beachfront Inn
  • Whaleshead Beach Resort

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