Yesterday, I covered days one through three of our Pacific Northwest Roadtrip. By the end of day three, we reached Portland, Ore., for the evening. I’ll pick up from there and cover the beauty that is Oregon state. I can totally understand what’s to love about it.
Day Three: Portland
Upon arriving in Portland, we checked into our hotel and realized it was only about 7 p.m. That gave us plenty of time to do something! Go, go, go!
So, we headed over to the Portland Rose Garden. It is truly a sight to be seen. There are roses of all varieties. It was much bigger than I expected. Just lovely.
Then, we swung by Pittock Mansion. While it was closed, I had read that it has a beautiful view of the city of Portland.
And it also has lovely gardens and grounds.
By this point, we were hungry and it was 9:30 p.m. Apparently nothing is open at 9:30. I wanted to go to Cafe Yumm (recommended by Meredith), but it was closed. So, I went to my trusty Yelp app and we ended up at East Side Delicatessen. Yummy sandwiches and good service. And cheap.
And with that, time for bed.
Day Four: Portland to Seaside to Newport
On day four, we woke up knowing that we didn’t have much time. In all honesty, Portland didn’t get much of a chance. We were there for about 15 hours, including sleep time. So, we didn’t get to see hardly anything. I know there were so many things to see and do, but we were both ready to get to the beach.
But before that, we headed over to Hoyt Arboretum. Have I ever told you that Ryan is a tree hugger? He most certainly is. He loves trees. So we started the day with a little hiking.
The Arboretum is a really cool place, if you ever have a chance to see it. So many different types of trees from different areas of the world. We took a few different paths.
Then, we were on the road again, headed to Seaside, Ore. The drive was quite pretty.
We headed there with the intention of seeing as much of the Oregon coast as possible. And after a short drive, we had arrived.
It wasn’t busy in Seaside when we arrived. It’s a huge beach and quite lovely.
Clearly, we had to kick off our sandals and test out the water. (Cold.)
After a bit of chillin’, we walked on the Promenade and ate right there at Maggies on the Prom. Good, local food. And good iced tea. Which, if you know me, is a deal-breaker. I drink a ridiculous amount of unsweetened iced tea. Which, in the case of a road trip, means lots of bathroom breaks. (Ryan loves it.)
And now I’m saving up my pennies to buy this restaurant/inn. I think I’d be a good beachfront innkeeper. Only $2.9 million to go.
But there were samples. (And don’t tell, but we may have gone through twice.)
And ice cream.
So all is well with the world.
(As an aside, here’s why Ryan’s not allowed to take photos. This is what ends up on my camera. A cow’s butt. He’s like a 14-year-old boy.)
Then, it was time to head to our stopping point – Newport, Ore. On the way, we stopped at Depoe Bay, which has a whale watching center. (No whales spotted.)
And we got to see a killer sunset over the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Our hotel in Newport was really good to us, too. We had a view of the water and were upgraded to a suite with a fireplace. And they gave us popcorn and snacks. They know the way to win me over. Quite nice. And, we slept like rocks. Over the course of the day, we drove about 240 miles. Really awesome views today, though.
First stop was Yachina Head Lighthouse, since we didn’t stop the night before.
(We highly recommend the 5-day Oregon Coast Passport to cover all entries and parking at parks along the coast. It was only $10/vehicle. I’ll note the places I remember who take the pass. It’s good for five days, but we saw it’s worth in 24 hours.)
This natural areas around the lighthouse are beautiful.
And it had a really cool interpretive center.
The site does offer public tours, but we were there early and didn’t want to wait around until 10 a.m. But I would have liked to go inside. The tour takes you up to see the light at the top. Next time.
Next up was Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.
We did get to go inside of this lighthouse. And I think I could get used to this view out of my front door.
Next, we got to see Heceta Head Lighthouse. (Also on the Oregon Coast Passport.)
It was supposed to be closed for repairs beginning a week before our trip through 2013. But, we got lucky and the contractors were delayed. (We get that.)
It was a really pretty site and has a little beach, too!
A little bit of a hike to get to the top, but it was worth it.
We also stopped off at Umpqua River Lighthouse. (This was the least majestic of the bunch, but you may as well see them all, right?)
At this point, the views had started to run together. Everything was beautiful. I have no clue where we were. Oregon, presumably.
I had really wanted to rent dune buggies. But, in all honesty, we were zonked. So we skipped it.
And we stopped by Shore Acres State Park. (This is also on the Oregon Coast Passport. I told you we got our $10 out of that puppy.)
Apparently, this is a great place to catch winter storms. It’s not winter, clearly. But it was pretty and quiet.
And our last lighthouse of the day – Cape Arago Lighthouse.
The drive on day five was just like something off the Travel Channel.
If you haven’t driven Highway 101, add it to your bucket list. Now.
Our next stopping point was McKinleyville, Calif. But before that, we spotted another beautiful Oregon sunset.
We’ll miss you, Oregon. This state has a lot going for it. Unbelievable scenery. Zero sales tax. Perfect cool weather. Friendly gas station attendants. We will most certainly be back.