We love the Oregon coast and prefer to stay in Yachats when we vacation there. Cape Perpetua scenic area is just two miles south of Yachats. You can buy an Oregon State Parks pass for only $10. This will get you into most state parks, beaches, and most of the lighthouses for five days, a great value. What an amazing place to visit! This is where the rainforest meets the sea. Start out by visiting Devil's Churn and hike around to the other side of this rocky beach. You'll find Cook's Chasm, Spouting Horn, and Thor's Well. Also, enjoy fantastic TidePools at low-tide. You can cross under the road and take a short hike to the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (or drive, if you prefer.) You can also drive up to overlook the cape from one of the highest points on the coast. Atop the cape, check out the West Shelter observation point, built by the CCC in 1930. From there, there's a 3-1/4 mile hike down to the Amanda Statue. (You can also start from the highway below and take a short 1/2 mile walk to the statue. The staff at the visitor center is very courteous and can provide better directions.)The Amanda statue is an absolute must-see and was my favorite part of our entire trip. There's a plaque just before the bridge that tells what is known of this blind Indian woman's tragic story. This site is hauntingly eerie and amazing at the same time. Definitely check it out. The Oregon coast is very dog-friendly. We were able to take our leashed pooch most everywhere we went, and she loved it!
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