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oregon coast driving distances

Part of our trip to Oregon in June includes a drive up coast...starting w/Bandon Dunes. Assuming we leave there around 2pm after lunch on DAY ONE & plan to get to Astoria the end of DAY TWO...where is a good stopping point in the middle. I was going to do Depoe Bay, but a lady at a hotel said it was a 6 hr. drive from Bandon.

Am I rushing this too much? Note: We will have already spent 12 days from Col. River Gorge down thru Bend, Crater Lake, Ashland, Bandon.

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1. Re: oregon coast driving distances

The halfway point between Bandon and Astoria is Newport. Lots of fun stuff to do there.

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You are rushing it too much. Reedsport to Depoe Bay i think best of oregon coast. Sand dunes, rugged headlands, big bays, sandy beaches, to try to pass by all that in midafternoon not good. Might be possible if short trip, but you mention 12 days already. Think i would find way to add a day.

Not sure why Astoria is destination. you could turn inland at Lincoln City.

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turn inland? Isn't the Lincoln City to Astoria drive good? Assumed Astoria/Ft. C, etc. was worth a couple days???

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It is not a 6 hour drive from Bandon to Depoe Bay unless you plan to do A LOT of stopping along the way. I live in Florence and travel south to Bandon for my work and north to near Astoria to visit family. I also grew up on the north coast. If you were to drive straight through as a local might, you can drive from Bandon to Astoria in 6 to 6 1/2 hours, trust me. Done it!

Leaving Bandon at 2pm might be a bit late to make Newport and stil see the many sights in between, but it's doable. phirl is correct about this stretch of coast. It's quite varied and very beautiful.

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The drive from Depoebay to Astoria is not real interesting except for 15 miles between Manzanita and Cannon Beach, you are inland, the drive through the dairylands of Tillmook county is pleasant and Astoria is interesting place, one of my favorite towns, but I like history.

I was trying to figure way you would have more time Reedsport to Depoe Bay.

And other poster right you can make better time than 6 hours, and i too have, but I live here. and I can pass by the many intersting places, though still like to do it slow ever so often.

Last fall we made Bandon to Yachats and took us all day.

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Hi! The drive from Tillamook to Astoria is absolutley gorgeous. Manzanita is a cool little place to get out and explore, there are also the numerous antique shops in Nehalem which are fun if you like antique shopping. Try to have a meal at the Nehalem River Inn, if you're around there at dinner time.

Astoria has lots to offer in the way of history, shops, wine-tasting, museums, etc. The riverfront trolley will be running then and it's a great way to see the sights. Let me know if you have more questions on Astoria! I could give you suggestions, depending on your interests. Have fun on your trip! :)

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I agree with our expert.

Course I have lived in this area all my life.

If it was me.. I would stop at Newport and go to the Aquarium, if with kids they will have a ton of fun and it is a wonderfully done Aquarium (similar in style to the High Desert Museum in Bend.. both are superb).

Anyway, I would spend part of a day there, then drive as far north as I could, stopping at waysites for views and breaks etc.

Ft Clatsop has burned down, but Fort Stevens in Warrenton is very interesting.

I would Leave Bandon and drive to Newport spend some time there till you are ready to move on.. if you are taking an RV there is a great RV park there with a pool and indoor activities, and right by the beach!. Then head north....

If you don't have an RV, and plan to motel hop, a motel/hotel here or Lincoln city would be fine, Lincoln City isn't that much farther North.

I would skip Lincoln City all together (but if you like outlet malls they have a really good one, Bigger than the one in Seaside) If you turn inland to Salem from here you would hit the Casino.

But I would continue North and...

Stop at Tillamook Cheese Factory for a restroom break/food and some ICE CREAM, then drive.

I would take a break in Seaside, if time drive around the turn around.. Safeway has a deli .. across the street is a YUMMY italian homemade pizza place. You could also eat at the Shilo which is on the Prom.. just follow the directions I post later.. to Broadway, and go all the way to the end and take the last right.. there is the Shilo. right by the turnaround.

If you are in the mood for Seafood for Lunch there is Doogers.... you would see it on Broadway (on your left) if you turn left at the light past Safeway.

Personally I like The Silver Salmon in Astoria the BEST for Seafood, it isn't on the River.. you would see it if you head North on HWY 30. It is in the middle of town on the right.

I would head up and spend part of the second day at Ft Stevens.

They have awsome bike trails, Battery Russel, as well as go out to the South Jetty of the Columbia they have a viewing tower, simply awsome rain shine or STORMY.

I would eat Dinner at The Silver Salmon. As the end to your perfect vacation ;)

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8. Re: oregon coast driving distances

Also in Tillamook is the Air Museum and the Blue Heron Cheese Factory which are both worth a stop. The Shilo has average food but the views from the dining room are beautiful. We like to go here for Sunday Brunch or the Steamer Clams for a late afternoon appetizer.

Dooger's is OK, the atmosphere isn't anything great. We like Sam's Seaside Cafe for their fresh fish and funky, beachy atmosphere. Norma's Ocean Diner has great clam chowder but again, not much ambiance here.

For great meal with a really cozy ambiance, check out the Pacific Way Bakery and Cafe in Gearhart. I'm also a big fan of the Silver Salmon Grille. If you want good food with views of the river in Astoria, the Cannery Cafe is very nice. :)

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9. Re: oregon coast driving distances

According to their website Ft Clatsop will be up again this month. Lewis & Clark things could take most of two days in Astoria area.

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I LUV Doogers! It is not anything special site wise but the food is always great. Standard seafood fare but done nicely.

They are in Seaside and Canon Beach.