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RV Trip to the Oregon Coast
One of my favorite pastimes is taking RV trips to the Oregon Coast. And what better way to enjoy the scenery than in the comfort of your RV? If you’ve got a few days to spare, a great route is to start at the northernmost tip and work your way down to Lincoln City.
After parking your rig in one of the woodsy campsites at Fort Stevens State Park, you can enjoy visiting the historic military site, the wreck of the Peter Iredale, and many other activities found within the park. Wake up the next morning and drive to nearby Astoria for some sight-seeing. You can start your day with a light, veg-friendly breakfast at the Blue Scorcher Bakery Café. Then it’s on to climb all 164 steps that lead to the top of the 125 foot Astoria Column. The historic column, commemorating “the westward sweep of discovery and migration” is located on Oregon’s highest hill and offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Once you are sufficiently exhausted from that hike, it’s time to head back into town for some shopping and to work up your appetite. There are many popular restaurants that can be found in the downtown area. If you’re looking for vegetarian options, Blue Ocean Thai Cuisine serves great tofu dishes.
After another night at Fort Stevens, it’s time to keep moving down the coast along Highway 101. Your first stop will be Seaside, a kitschy little beachside town reminiscent of many east coast towns. There is a large RV parking lot near the visitor’s center. If you think that candy is dandy, you’re in luck as the main drag has several sweets shops. There is also a fun carousel and indoor game center in case you find the weather isn’t participating much—which is quite often the case on the Oregon Coast.
You either have the option of eating lunch in Seaside, or holding out to the next town of Cannon Beach, an upscale beach community that offers a completely different feel than what you’ve experienced so far. You’ll want to take a stroll through this town; there are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from here. Don’t forget to check the tide levels before you visit because tidepooling at Haystack Rock is a must.
Your next campground awaits you just down Highway 101 at Nehalem Bay State Park where you can hear the ocean from each one of the campsites. You’ll want to explore the darling little town of Manzanita while in the area. If you’re lucky, before you keep heading south, the Pizza Garden in Nehalem will be open and you can stop in for some really great pizza—they make an especially wonderful vegan pizza featuring Daiya cheese shreds.
Highway 101 goes inland through the next few towns that await you, like Tillamook, home of the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. If you’re in need of groceries, there is a Fred Meyer along this route that has everything that you might be looking for—even vegan and gluten-free grocery items. Keep following the route until you get to Lincoln City where you can stay the night at the Chinook Winds Casino on the north end of Lincoln City. There’s ample dry RV parking to be found. For those in need of hookups, the Logan Road Ocean View RV Park is located directly across the street.
Besides the beach and the casino, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy in Lincoln City, including the Tanger outlet mall and indoor amusement center. Once your belly begins to grumble, Andaman Thai Cuisine and The Lovin’ Spoonfull are excellent restaurant choices. Both have great atmospheres and feature veg-friendly menu items.
If you’re lucky, you can keep heading south and enjoy all that the Oregon Coast has to offer. If you’re pressed for time, just hop on Highway 18 and head back to Interstate 5. Enjoy your trip!
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