As you make your way south along the Pacific Coast Highway, the coastline becomes more rugged. Explore south scenic drives & viewpoints to check out some of the most photographed sights along the Oregon Coast.
Otter Crest Loop
This scenic drive winds just west of Hwy 101 and offers the most leisurely way to experience the views from the Cape Foulweather, along with a stop at Devil’s Punchbowl, one of the most interesting geological formations on the Oregon Coast.
Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site
South of Yachats, the road makes a one-mile loop, exposing one of the most scenic viewpoints on the coast: the Yachats Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Park along the loop and enjoy access to the beach, tidepools, blowholes, summer sunsets and whale watching.
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
A miraculous and rugged, basalt-rimmed bay, Boiler Bay is a great place to watch wild surf action on the rocky spurs. This splendid panoramic viewpoint presents a good opportunity to see gray whales year round.
Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
A spectacular ocean-front park on a forested bluff overlooking the ocean. Offshore rocks provide spectacular wave action in storms and are nesting areas for birds and sea lions and harbor seals.
Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint
Soak in the view from 500′ above the ocean on the breathtaking crescent sweep of white sandy beach stretching to the south. Cape Foulweather is stunning and inspirational with its picturesque panoramic views. This popular whale watching spot also provides a good view of the Devil’s Punchbowl.
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area
During winter storms, water from the restless ocean slams with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes a violent brew. The park is a popular whale watching site and displays an intriguing geology, and there is a scenic picnic spot atop the undulating rocky shoreline.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
The bluff is forested with spruce and pine, but the real star is the historic lighthouse, and the panoramic views of the pacific are not to be missed. This is a day-use fee area. Learn about Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Seal Rock State Recreation Site
Seal Rock State Wayside has large off-shore rock formations which are the habitat of seals, sea lions, sea birds and other marine life. The wayside includes interesting tidepools as well as excellent ocean views and a sandy beach
Yachats State Recreation Area
A small loop, offering a serene view of the Yachats river as it meets the Pacific Ocean. Park and see the wild waves and gray whale migration. Rock and salmon fishing and tidepools bring people back to this park again and again.
Strawberry Hill Wayside
This spot has excellent views of the ocean and a series of stairs that lead down to excellent tide pools and sandy beaches. During sunny days, harbor seals can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks just off shore.
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
This viewpoint is located in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek. There are picnic tables sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. A short trail leads to the historic Heceta Head lighthouse and assistant keeper’s house. Day-use parking permits are required.
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
Towering 800 feet over the protected Marine Garden shoreline, the Cape Perpetua Day Use area is the highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon Coast and has one of the best viewpoints offering views of 70 miles of coastline. On a clear day, you might see up to 37 miles out to sea.
Also within the scenic area you will find Thor’s Well, the Spouting Horn at Cook’s Chasm and Devils Churn. Learn about Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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