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Oregon Coast - Which town/ city best to stay

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Oregon Coast - Which town/ city best to stay

Three Weeks Vacation in WA & OR in July/ August. Splitting the three weeks up into three stages.

Stage 1 Oregon Coast Tour (8/9 Days)

Stage 2, Few Days with friends in Seattle in middle (3/4)

Stage 3, Loop of Olympic Park and Vancouver Island (4/5)

Comments Sought on Stage 1.

My wife and I are panning a driving trip starting in Cannon Beach heading down the coast and maybe getting as far as the Avenue of the Redwoods. I don't want to drive every day, so I am planning two nights in some locations, so we can spend a day just chilling. We have eight or maybe nine days for a complete loop Seattle to Seattle via Av of Redwoods at the furthest South back via Crater Lake and Portland.

Embryonic plans are:

Day One - Seattle to Cannon Beach - 2 nights here

Day Three Head down the Coast towards Bandon for another 2 nights

Question: Would you stay for two nights in Coos Bay, Florence or Bandon? or would folks suggest somewhere else e.g. Gold beach, as the next place we head to is Av of Redwood. I know this is a 130 mile stretch, between Florence and Gold Beach, where would folks suggest for a couple fo days?

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1. Re: Oregon Coast - Which town/ city best to stay

Yachats? Of the three places mentioned, I would choose Bandon over either Coos Bay or Florence (although Florence would be my second choice).


I would concentrate on Olympic National Park and scrap any plan for Vancouver Island. If you give ONP the minimum of three days that it deserves, then going up to Victoria for an overnight is not worth the time and ferry fare.t.

Edited: 10:09 am, April 04, 2019
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Not Coos Bay! Gold Beach is beautiful, if you want somewhere very nice to stay consider Tu Tu Tun Lodge. Happy Travels! 🏖

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Many Cannon Beach hotels have three night minimums during the summer months, so I hope you have or can soon confirm a two night stay. I would also recommend Newport or Yachats for your next two nighter; then Trinidad, in the Eureka area for two more.

It's Avenue of Giants, which is a section of the old Hwy 101 through the redwoods. Trinidad is a

small village overlooking a picturesque bay and is next to Patrick Point State Park. It offers a good base for exploring the redwoods.

That's 6 nights. You can then take 199 from Crescent City to Grants Pass and north on I-5 to Eugene or Portland; with return to Seattle to follow.

If you have time (you aren't firm on number of days) you will be able to do a drive through of Crater Lake and return to Seattle via Bend and the Columbia Gorge or via 138 back to I-5. It's highly unlikely you'll be able to get reservations at the lodge at CL if you don't already have them.

There are lots of tips on things to see and do along this loop...but you can research a lot on your own and we can fill in with our local advice once you have a more defined itinerary.

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Thank You everyone, this is what I love about TripAdvisor.

We have already booked our two nighter in Cannon Beach.

Tu Tu Tun Lodge looks amazing, but, outside my budget for this trip.

So its between Bandon and Gold Beach for Nights 3 and 4.

For nights 5 and 6 will take a look at Eureka, Crescent City had been suggested as well.

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You might consider Gold Beach if you’re planning a jetboat trip up the Rogue River, but otherwise (IMO) Bandon is a no brainer choice. Beaches in that area are some of the most scenic in the State, and the town itself is easily the nicest on the south coast (if not the entire Oregon coast). Book a room in the Vern Brown Addition of Sunset Oceanfront Lodging. Rooms there are a bit sterile, but the beach views are unparalleled.

Lancashire, United...
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Thanks everyone for your help. We decided on the following itinerary.

Two Nights Cannon Beach

Two Nights Bandon

One Night Eureka - On way to see the Redwoods then north after wards to....

One Night Grants Pass - Just somewhere to breakup journey north to Crater Lake then Portland after seeing Redwoods. Would have considered Crater Lake but cannot find anywhere in budget.

Two Nights Portland. Then on to Mt Rainer and Seattle.

I've taken the advice to spend more time in Olympic Park after a few days in Seattle.

Edited: 7:35 am, April 06, 2019
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Oh good, my biggest concern was for stage 4. Not enough time at all:) ONP deserves at least 3 full days just to scratch the surface, and then add in Vancouver Island, that is also worthy of at least that much time unless you are only talking about Victoria, which I would not recommend. Victoria is fine, I have been there a bunch, but by itself it is just ok. The real draw is the area outside of there around the island.

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For Eureka, you might want to substitute Trinidad, California - a scenic place by the ocean its also close to Prarie Creek State Park where there is an elk herd.




For Crater Lake, outside of it is Diamond Lake Resort. Check to see if in budget. Its historic old but close to Crater Lake.


That would give you more time for the national park, enjoying scenic Diamond Lake, and also exploring the Rogue River and overlooks.

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You will not be gaining much by going all the way south to Avenue of the Giants (you were 'close' with your name!). And if you don't go all that way south (an hour south of Eureka), then yes, I also suggest staying in Trinidad as it's much prettier.

There are three B&Bs in Trinidad, all $$$, but there are also a couple of motels that do not have ocean views but are well kept up and set in the trees.

If you have a keen interest in American frothy Victorian architecture, then Eureka is worth a visit... or if you want to take the harbour cruise... or if you want to visit the Samoa Cookhouse... but if your main interest is the redwoods then you don't need to even go to Eureka. (Sorry gp1, lol!)

There is the old section of Highway 101 just south of Klamath called Newton Drury scenic parkway. It is a lovely quiet drive beneath towering redwoods. There is no commercialism at all as there is along Ave/Giants. It's almost a "wilderness" type of area. Look for Bigfoot, LOL ;-)

You'll see wild elk at the south end of Newton Drury around Stone Lagoon. Don't miss the Tour Thru Tree in Klamath. It's one of the last three drive thru trees in the USA.

Oh, and speaking of wild elk, at Reedsport on the Oregon coast, go inland just a few miles to Dean Creek elk viewing. And whilst your in Reedsport if you like old fashioned American bakeries, stop into the Sugar Shack. Yum :-)

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More Great suggestions, thank you. Will take another look at Trinidad. When I looked all the B&Bs looked mega expensive. Though we did see some AirBnb places. Will got take another look.

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