Tips for where to go during an Oregon road trip

Are you planning on taking an Oregon Road Trip? If so, Oregon is a great place to hit the road because there are so many wonderful places to visit that each day will be an adventure.

In this article we will share with you three excellent destinations which will make for the perfect road trip in Oregon.

Day #1 

On the first day of your trip, we recommend visiting Portland because, assuming you’re visiting from out of state, you can easily fly into Portland from any destination in the world and have a fabulous city to explore.

Once you’re in the City of Roses and have checked into your hotel, the first thing you should do is grab a coffee at Barista, or one of the PDX areas awesome coffee shops then head out to explore the city.

The great thing about Portland is that it’s a walkable city that can easily enjoy on foot or using a service like Uber.

After getting your coffee there are so many things to see, you could start by stretching your legs at the Japanese Tea Garden, International Test Garden, Washington Park or the Museum of Art.

Lunch in Portland

Some great places to have lunch in Portland include Screen Door, Tasty n Alder, or one of the wide varieties of food carts on 5th avenue or 3rd avenue.

After lunch, head over to Powell’s City of Books to pick up something cool to read. They have a huge selection of hard to find books!

If you’re not into books, why not shop for knick-knacks or antiques? (You can always ship them back home!) Some cool antique shops to check out in the PDX area include Antique Alley and Stars Antique Mall.

Where to Have Dinner in Portland

By dinner time you should be ready for a nice meal and some R&R. If you want to dine at one of the PDX areas best restaurants you should check out OX Restaurant, Le Pigeon, Coquine or Paley’s Place Bistro and Bar.

Day #2

On day #2 of your road trip, you should grab breakfast in Portland at Paiku because they serve a yummy, hearty breakfast then get a coffee at one of the awesome coffee shops before starting day #2 of your journey to Seaside.

This journey isn’t far, it’s only going to take you about 2 hours (depending on weather) to get from Portland to Seaside but once you’re there you will have plenty of time to explore the area.

Where to Stay and Play

The Shilo Inn in Seaside is by far one of the most affordable in Seaside and they also offer a restaurant, bar plus indoor gym for you to get your workout in even while you’re on vacation.

Once you check in to your hotel here’s what you should do while you’re in Seaside.

  • Hit the beach – August is a great time of year to visit the Oregon Coast because it’s warmer than other times of the year but you still may encounter some cool weather so be sure to bring a light jacket or wetsuit if you plan on surfing.
  • Visit the boardwalk – If you plan on just relaxing while you’re in Seaside we suggest just visiting the boardwalk. This mile-long stretch of Seaside if absolutely beautiful and will take you past gorgeous homes, shops, attractions and miles of beautiful beach.
  • Check of the aquarium – The Seaside aquarium is a great place to visit to get an up-close view of the animals that live in the local area. It’s also an excellent place to bring your kids because you can turn a day out into a learning excursion.
  • Don’t miss the carousel mall – Seaside’s carousel mall is another fun place to visit during your trip to the town because there’s tons of great little shops to check out plus the iconic carousel which is an attraction for people of all ages.

Where to Eat

Ah Seaside, we love your food! There are so many great places to choose from including the awesome Firehouse Grill to Angelina’s Pizzeria and Café! You’re not going to go hungry here!

Besides the variety of things to see and do in Seaside, you’re also a short drive away from other area attractions like Cannon Beach and Haystack rock.

That’s it for day #2! Follow our blog to learn more about where to head on day #3 of your Oregon Road Trip!

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Day #3 

It’s day #3 of your Oregon Road Trip. It’s a warm 70 degrees outside and the perfect day for getting in your car and taking the next leg of your journey.

After having breakfast and coffee in Seaside, you’re going to head down highway 101 to down to Newport. It’s about 3 hours away from Seaside and the perfect opportunity for you to take a nice coastal drive.

Driving down the 101 you’re going to pass through small towns Tillamook, Lincoln City and Depot Bay so you should take the time to stop and rest along the way and have lunch in one of these iconic small towns during your road trip.

What To Do In Newport, OR

Once you’re in Newport, the first thing you will want to do is book your stay in a local hotel. There are many to choose from here from $55/night to $250/night. If you want to stay by the water we recommend saying in Schooner Landing because you will have views of the ocean here while still being close to town.

After booking a room in Newport, head out to explore the area. You might need a light jacket though since Newport can be on the cool side even during the summer months so it’s best to come prepared.

If you visit Newport in August there’s plenty of things to do including weekly art exhibits, live music and local festivals as well.

Besides the variety of things to do in Newport, there are also plenty of shops and stores to visit including Nye Beach Book House and Wendy’s Trading Post, if you’re in the mood to shop for knick-knack.

For dinner, you should opt for seafood because there’s nothing better than enjoying seafood that is freshly caught. We recommend Georgie’s Beachside Grill since they offer a great dinning experience with awesome food!

Source – Oregon is Beautiful