view of cape perpetua
 

This looks south towards the beachfront town of Yachats and magestic Cape Perpetua on the central Oregon Coast, one of my favorite places. It is certainly one of the most beautiful locations on earth. The drive along the oceanside both north and south from here on Highway 101 is spectacular, the surrounding forests primeval, and the shifting sandy beaches run for miles.

There are several breathtaking scenic viewpoints and access trails for enjoying the raw natural splendor and hiking. Clamber over rock and log piles. Peer into tide pools, hunt for agates and sanddollars, and view upclose the shell mounds left from feasts of Indians who lived here 1000 years ago. Feel the power and spray of the "Spouting Horn" and "Captain Cook's Chasm." Ponder the perils of ships and sailors attempting to navigate their treacherous routes.

I like to go to Cape Perpetua Visitor Center high on the overlook. You can get out of the wind and explore illustrative exhibits of the rich history of the area, and peek through their telescopes, at the right times of year, to scan for passing grey whales. From the parking lot you can hike for miles up into magnificent Old Growth of the Siuslaw National Forest. Much of this wild area around the Cape has been designated for preservation.

A few miles up the highway north of Cape Perpetua, the streets of Yachats flow to the beach, like the meandering Yachats River which empties here into a sheltered cove. This rural berg is vibrant with a hard working and loving community, creative and skilled artisans, musicians, healers, and purveyors of the finest food and drink. And you will find some of the best oceanview, beachside lodging. Sunsets here can be amazing!

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Central Oregon Coast Slide Show

Sunset on the Beach Slide Show

VISITING THE
OREGON COAST

YACHATS FAVORITES LINKS

www.yachats.org

The Drift Inn

Great food and drink, and live music on weekends. Family friendly! On Highway 101, just north of the Yachats River.

Toad Hall
Healing Books and Gifts.

Touchstone Gallery and Gifts
Unique, quality regional arts and crafts