A drive south down Highway 101 from Arch Cape, Oregon

If you’re not up for a hike or just feel like cruising down the beautiful North Oregon Coast on Highway 101, here’s a list of places to stop along the way…

Neahkahnie Viewpoint

Neahkahnie Viewpoint

The Neahkahnie Viewpoint — Located just past the parking lots for Short Sand Beach (between mile markers 41-42), pull off and take in the dramatic views of the coastline.

Manzanita main street — Take a right off 101 onto Laneda Avenue and cruise down Manzanita’s main street west toward the beach. When you hit the water, follow Ocean Road north to Manzanita Avenue. Turn right and head back up to 101 to continue your drive.

Wheeler/Nehalem River — Pull off Highway 101 at Waterfront Park in Wheeler (at Rector Street) to check out the views of where the Nehalem River empties out into Nehalem Bay.

Rockaway Beach/Lake Lytle — Lake Lytle is a small lake just off the east side of Highway 101 in Rockaway. There’s a nice fishing dock where you can stretch your legs for a few minutes.

Twin Rocks

Twin Rocks

Twin Rocks — About two miles further south from Lake Lytle, turn west onto Minnehaha Street. Drive to the end of the street and get a quick look at Twin Rocks, a pair of 100-foot rocks sitting just offshore.

Barview Jetty — Three miles south of Twin Rocks on Hwy 101, turn right (west) onto CedarStreet, then right again at Barview Jetty Park Road and left onto Jetty Road. Find a parking spot, then stroll out onto the jetty to watch the fishermen and watch the boats come in to Tillamook Bay.

Three Graces/Crab Rock — Another five minutes south are the Three Graces rocks in Tillamook Bay. Head south, then pull off on the west side of Hwy 101 near Harborview Drive. If you walk down the railroad tracks, you’ll have a nice view of the rocks.

Three Graces

Three Graces

Port of Garibaldi — The final five-minute segment of the drive is down to the Port of Garibaldi. Head south about 1.5 miles to 7th Street and take a right (west). Follow the road as far west as possible. Park and stroll around the old port.