- A. Skinner
Driving the 101 North Oregon Coast
I was pretty stoked about this day of driving along the Northern California and Oregon coast.
I had read about the redwoods and massive ocean views for years. The views did not disappoint and found myself jotting down notes in my journal constantly.
Areas to Either Stop or Spend a Night:
Eureka - Humboult area. Check out Emerald Forest Cabins and Elk Country RV right along the 101 headed north.
The Redwood National State Park offered some great spots to pull off to the side and take in the massive trees all around.
Klamath - The Klamath Camper Corral also looked like a fun place to dry camp for a day or night. I actually also spotted two more RV parks in Klamath, Ca: Golden Bear RV and River Valley.
STOP at The Trees of Mystery. Great place to learn about the redwoods and you can also take a sky ride over the tree tops!
Crescent City offered many parks right off 101. Sunset Harbour (Harbor RV Anchor)
Lighthouse Cove looked to be the niceset from the road.
Once you reach Oregon, the Haras Beach State Park provided gorgeous rocks towering from the ocean waves and a massive beach. We actually stopped here for a pit stop for the dogs to take a run. It was beautiful!
Whaleshead Viewpoint and Beach also a good place to stop and take in a little scenery, as well as Arch Rock which has a nice large pull in area in traveling in a big rig.
The prettiest area in my opinion was the drive around Pistol River, along mile marker #337.
There were many campers and rv’s parked all along the 101. I noted this as the place I would like to spend a night next adventure!
At mile marker #335 was Cape Sebastian, another cool location to spend more time.
Gold Beach was next on my notes of killer spots along 101 North. The RV park on the right side looked very nice -- Four Seasons RV Resort. I saw big rigs parked with no issue on the left hand side along the canal too! Nesika Beach RV was just north of Gold Beach & looked nice. Another to check out & potentially use in this area in the future!
Our final stop this day was Bandon by the Sea. We found a small RV park right on the 101, so we could get parked and make a 2:30pm tee time at Bandon Dunes golf course. The folks at Bandon by the Sea RV Park were so friendly and accommodating. A nice change of greeting from our Eureka experience!
By the time we got parked and let the slides out, walked the dogs – it was time to drive to the golf course. Playing Bandon Dunes was one of Mike’s few request on this trip. It was awesome! Just the two of us played the 18 holes, and were lucky to be matched up with a realtor from Tennessee and his caddy. We had a great round, followed by a very yummy dinner in their clubhouse pub.
Tom and Laura had already went inside for the night, so we also went to bed early. I was exhausted. I forgot we had to walk the course at Bandon, carting our own bags the entire 18 holes. Got my workout in for sure.
It was early to rise in the morning. We only had a 2.5 hour drive continuing up 101 to Newport, where we would stay at Pacific Shore Motorcoach Resort for six whole nights. I was looking forward to just being in one place for a few days. It’s fun to go, go, go…but it’s also nice to catch your breath and settle in for a week.
The views along 101 continued to impress. Coos Bay looked so inviting for fresh fish and chips. I also jotted down that Mills Casino RV Park could be a nice place to stay in a big rig right on the bay.
Just before the entrance to Newport, was Seal Rock State Park. You can’t camp there, but it is a perfect place to drive your car and walk the beach exploring tide pools. So pretty!