Oregon Coast Hwy 101

By Ali Karim

For Dilshad’s birthday, she decided she wanted to see the Oregon coast hwy 101; so we flew into Portland, Oregon, rented a car and drove around to find a nice hole in the wall place for lunch. We found Angel Food & Fun, where we had Panucho’s, which are a Yucatan specialty. They are similar to a Gordita or a stuffed Tortilla, and they were good, as we were hungry 🙂

After lunch, we started driving west to Seaside town, a drive of about 90 mins. On the way, we noticed a sign for Scenic routes and wineries, so of course, we had to take a detour. Driving down very nice country lanes, we stopped at Willamette Valley Vineyards, which was basically a shop/café in the winery, with wine tasting. So starts our travelog with a glass of the their white wine, as they say below

Winery stop near Portland; stories always start after a glass of wine :)
Winery stop near Portland; stories always start after a glass of wine 🙂
Beautiful rolling hills of the vineyard
Beautiful rolling hills of the vineyard
and flowers bursting with color
and flowers bursting with color

After a nice relaxing afternoon in the wine country of Oregon, we drove back to the highway and onto Seaside town, on the Oregon coast, where we had booked into the Holiday Inn. This location was under remodel, but the management gave us a nice refinished suite complete with a bottle of bubbly Apple cider; as I had informed them we were celebrating a birthday. A good start 🙂

Temperatures were in the high 60’s which was fine, but there was a strong breeze which made it feel cooler than it was. After a long sunset walk on the beach in Seaside, we went looking for a restaurant. Since this is a small town, there were not too many restaurants open past 9PM, so we ended up at the local Pizza joint, Angelina’s Pizza, which served up a great Pizza. Lights out.

Next morning, we started driving south on Hwy 101, along the Oregon coast, and see where it took us. Below are some scenes along the way.

Coastline near Seaside
Coastline near Seaside
Lakes
Lakes
complete with water lilies
complete with water lilies

We came to a small town called Bay City, where there were many cars parked outside the Pacific Seafood restaurant, so we stopped here for lunch.

Bay City
Bay City

Turns out, this Fish Peddler at Pacific Oyster restaurant is actually an Oyster processing place, with many people working shucking oysters out of their shells, behind set of glass windows on one side of the restaurant. Since specialty here was Clam chowder, we had that, and Fish & Chips of Haddock, which we were looking forward to, complete with tartar sauce and malt vinegar 🙂

Fish & Chips at the Fish Peddler
Fish & Chips at the Fish Peddler

This place was quite busy and lively, with the show of the oyster processing in the background. Very nice lunch.

Oyster shells dump after oysters removed, wonder what they do with this?
Oyster shells dump after oysters removed, wonder what they do with this?

After lunch, we got back onto Hwy 101 and started driving. Next stop was in Tillamook, where the famous Tillamook cheese comes from. And so after a stop at this Tillamook Cheese center for homemade ice cream, we drove off to do a hike at the Cape Lookout State Park nearby. We took the Cape Lookout Trail, which is a 4.8mile round trip trail to the end of the peninsula that is Cape Lookout. Below are some scenes along the way.

Beautiful forests with re-grown confer trees
Beautiful forests with re-grown conifer trees
Beautiful coastline
Beautiful coastline
Flora along the way
Flora along the way
Flora along the way
More flora along the way
Trail was along steep cliffsides
Trail was along steep cliffsides
Trail was fairly strenuous as it went over many tree roots, rocks, and mud patches
Trail was fairly strenuous as it went over many tree roots, rocks, and mud patches

At the end of the trail, was a high lookout over the bay, where there must have been many whales who make this place their home; as we saw many of them playing in the waters off this Cape.

Whale
Whale
Whale
Whale tail
Whale with a baby
Whale with a baby
Beautiful view from the Cape Lookout
Beautiful view from the Cape Lookout

From here, we hiked back to the Trail head

Forest
Forest
Oregon beaches
Oregon beaches

At the trailhead, got in the car and kept driving down 101 Freeway along the coast to Pacific City, where we stopped on the beach at the Pelican Pub & Brewery for a glass of wine on the beach

Wine on the Beach and dunes at Pacific City
Wine on the Beach and dunes at Pacific City

The Oregon coast along Hwy 101 is very beautiful with forests of evergreen trees just off the coast, and the coast is beautiful with very nice beaches and lots of State Parks everywhere along Hwy 101. There is logging going on, but they do this in small patches, and then regrow the confers, so the logging is sustainable. I believe the State of Oregon had decide a long time ago to keep this area of the coast for the people, and so they limited large scale development. So you see very few of the chains of hotels and stores here, and the developments along the coast are small towns, not huge mega-cities. The stores and restaurants are mostly small mom & pop stores. All this was very refreshing after coming from commercial America.

We kept driving south along the Oregon coast

More beautiful coastline
More beautiful coastline
An example of a State Park; the rock has seagulls and bird roosting and nesting here, and so is protected
An example of a State Park; the rock has seagulls and bird roosting and nesting here, and so is protected
More beautiful coastline
More beautiful coastline

We stopped in Lincoln City for a fabulous meal of Clam Chowder and a Haddock dish at the BlackFish Café; another local restaurant.

Delicious Haddock at Black Fish restaurant
Delicious Haddock at Black Fish restaurant

Decided that since it was now late evening, we needed to find a place to stay, so we booked the Holiday Inn (at a decent rate) nearby in Newport. Drove to Newport, and called it a day; a very nice wonderful day.

Next day, we continued driving south past Holiday Beach, Seal Rock, Bayshore, Walport and stopped at Yachats; below are some scenes from this section of Hwy 101

Hwy 101
Hwy 101
Yachats
Yachats

We then turned back to go up north back to Cannon beach area as we had not spent much time there, and so we drove back to Newport, where we had seen a nice Fish & Chips place for lunch. However, we missed the turnoff, and instead, ended up in Newport harbor, which was where all the fishing boats sheltered and tied up in the Bay. This area turned out to be very nice with a working fishing port, with nice restaurants and shops.

Newport Harbor
Newport Harbor

After walking around a little, we stopped at the Clearwater Restaurant, where we got a table outdoors on the patio, overlooking a colony of sea lions sunning themselves and grunting away; and had a great Haddock Fish & Chips lunch

Fish & Chips lunch
Fish & Chips lunch
Colony of Sea Lions outside the restaurant patio
Colony of Sea Lions outside the restaurant patio
Scenic drive on Hwy 101
Scenic drive on Hwy 101

After lunch, we go back on the road, and arrived at Cannon Beach, and had an early dinner and then went to the beach for a walk and to witness the sunset

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach
Intriguing photo, note the 2 people on the beach
Sunset on Cannon Beach
Sunset on Cannon Beach

After sunset, we drove back to Portland, and caught the Red Eye flight back to reality.

This stretch of the Oregon coast we visited was very nice, clean, and not commercialized, which was refreshing. Definitely recommended.

Oregon Coast Map
Oregon Coast Map
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29 thoughts on “Oregon Coast Hwy 101

  • Akshay Agarwal June 19, 2018 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Pretty awesome Ali. Did you visit the Tillamook cheese factory? They have a factory tour and the icecream there is yummy

    • Ali Karim June 20, 2018 at 10:23 am Reply

      HI Akshay, Yes we did stop at the Tillamook Cheese factory, and went thru their exhibits, and yes, we did have their ice-cream outside on the benches. I agree the ice-cream was delicious 🙂

  • Shermin B June 19, 2018 at 10:37 pm Reply

    Amazing pictures and descriptions… I felt like I was there with you! Keep on traveling, my friends! And share more pics 😘

    • Ali Karim June 20, 2018 at 10:24 am Reply

      Hi Shermin, thanks for the nice comments; always appreciate your encouragements. Next trip is coming up soon… 🙂

  • Mansoor June 24, 2018 at 11:10 am Reply

    Great pictures and story Ali. Keep it up. The trips you take are they sponsored or taken by yourselves as tourists? Just wondered.

    • Ali Karim June 24, 2018 at 12:22 pm Reply

      Hi Mansoor, thanks for the encouragement and feedback.
      The trips we do are not sponsored or organized; we plan and organize it ourselves. It does take a lot of time, but is well worth it. I need to find out how I can get sponsored trips; that will certainly help the pocketbook 🙂

  • Nick Paroo June 24, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Very beautiful Ali; hope you brought some wine samples. U know I love buzzing

    • Ali Karim June 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm Reply

      Only drank lots of wine while we were there 🙁

  • Khairun Dewji June 24, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Beautiful coastline!

    • Ali Karim June 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Thanks Khairun

  • zul ramji June 24, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply

    GORGEOUS PLACES
    MORE LIKE COMBINED HONEY MOON AND BIRTHDAY. BELATED BEST WISHES TO DILSHAD

    • Ali Karim June 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Appreciate the good wishes, thanks

  • Jane Willson June 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm Reply

    What a magnificent way to celebrate Dilshad’s birthday! Even the sun smiled upon you both as you cavorted along that sumptuous coast—and sun is not always a given there. Ali—Your gorgeous photos chronicled your adventures so enticingly. They lulled me into thinking of the two years I taught 5th grade in North Bend, Oregon—a small coastal town south of where you visited. You know in Oregon we go to the “coast” vs. the “beach,” since the raucous weather often prevents sunbathing on beachtowels. And did you hear how coastal Oregonians describe their summers? it goes: “we don’t tan, we rust!”
    😉🐳 jane

    • Ali Karim June 24, 2018 at 8:32 pm Reply

      Hi Jane, Thanks so much for the wonderful insight into Coastal Oregon. I do agree that the weather was always touch and go; and we got lucky 🙂

  • Fatima Mawji June 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Lovely scenery. Thanks for sharing. We have only done part of the route. Will have todo this soon

    • Ali Karim June 24, 2018 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Hi Fatima; yes it is a beautiful coastline and worth visiting

  • farida ali June 24, 2018 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Thanks Ali for sharing. I just told Amir i also want to travel this places and he agreed. Please keep sharing

    • Ali Karim June 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm Reply

      Hi Farida, So glad you liked my blog; and so happy that it has inspired you to travel to some of these places also. Enjoy

  • Sabira Begum June 24, 2018 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Nice choice! Enjoy ;).

    We have driven on highway 101 several times (from San Fran) when Salim attended Stanford Business School in Palo Alto, and after that too. Very very beautiful…… Sure Oregon must be similar.
    Keep up with your continuous passion in all your travels :). Doing a great job, we appreciate all your effort and sharing with us. Pics are amazing…..

    • Ali Karim June 24, 2018 at 8:35 pm Reply

      Yes, the CA coastline is similar; though the Oregonians claim their coastline is more beautiful that the CA version 🙂

  • Akber Virani June 25, 2018 at 1:16 am Reply

    seems beautiful place. I plan on going one day; thanks for sharing

    • Ali Karim June 25, 2018 at 8:38 am Reply

      Akber, you will not be disappointed here; make sure to spend time at some of the nice state parks dotting the coast. Enjoy

  • Shemin Thobani June 25, 2018 at 4:02 am Reply

    Hi Ali,
    0400am in the morning I’m reading your blog..am I hooked or what?
    What a beautiful place to choose for a birthday! All the best to Dilshad and to you as well…just lovely, God bless you and keep on traveling and enrich us with your journeys. We travel with you virtually.. peace!

    • Ali Karim June 25, 2018 at 8:19 am Reply

      🙂
      Thanks so much for the feedback Shemin, really appreciate the encouragement

  • Sharifa Ahmed June 25, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply

    Hi both of u Ali/Dilshad
    Very inspired w/this article. Keep on rocking.
    Sharifa

    • Ali Karim June 25, 2018 at 10:28 am Reply

      Thanks Sharifa; appreciate your feedback and encouragement

  • Almas Lalani June 26, 2018 at 8:39 am Reply

    Looks like fun!

  • shiraz bata June 27, 2018 at 9:01 am Reply

    Hi Ali

    Nicely done; great pictures. Now I know where the good cheese comes from

    thanks shiraz

    • Ali Karim June 27, 2018 at 12:07 pm Reply

      Thanks Shiraz

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