The Oregon Coast Road Trip: December 27 2015-Jan 1 2016. #Brandicebetrippin
2015 was an adventurous year for us. For starters, we got married! But what better of a way to end the year than with another adventure road tripping the Oregon Coast? I had never been to the Oregon Coast so we drove from Seattle, WA to San Jose, CA for Christmas (stayed in Ashland, OR) and drove 2,028 miles roundtrip back home. The journey home was so much fun and not to mention, breathtakingly beautiful! Need an itinerary for your own trip? This was ours:
Day 1: We started our road trip visiting my sister and her fiancé in San Francisco. We planned on leaving by 7am but had to make a stop at Craftsman and Wolves for coffee and a pastry. Driving through SF is never a quick endeavor so an hour later, we headed out crossing the Golden Gate bridge.
This was the first of many breathtaking sunsets. Just outside of Crescent City, CA, about 20 minutes south from the Jedediah Campgrounds.
We didn't make any stops along the way until we reached our campground in Crescent City, CA. However, you could drive along Highway 101 and never even realize you are driving through the Redwood State Park. Make stops along the way for hiking or driving through a gigantic tree. We decided to skip this, mainly because we felt it was just a tourist trap and we needed to get to our campground before dark.
Day 2: This was our fellow neighbors campground. But the sunrise was too perfect to pass up the photo op! We survived the night of camping in 35 degrees. Yup, it was almost freezing. I should note that this is maybe my 3rd time camping....EVER. I braved the harsh conditions but was rewarded with a warm breakfast of eggs and bacon. My husband called the shots and said no more camping for this trip. Hooray!! So there you have it- our recent investment in a nice tent and air mattress and lugging it around over 2,000 miles for one measly night of camping. Hey, at least we tried. This was at the Jedediah Smith Campgrounds Crescent City, CA
This was our cute little camp site. It looks warm but don't be fooled.
Exploring Redwood State Park, CA
Love me some foggy roads. On our way to Bandon, OR. Not BRANDON. Although I thoroughly enjoyed calling it Brandon while we were in Bandon haha.
Day 3: We woke up early, grabbed a cup of coffee and breakfast sandwich at the Bandon Coffee Cafe. Everyone was so friendly! Then we headed about 10 minutes west to visit the Bandon Ocean State Wayside- Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint. Here you will find some of the most spectacular rock formations and beaches.
We enjoyed our coffee and walk along the beach. It was cold and windy! But so worth the view.
Next stop- Lincoln City. On our way out, we stopped for a late lunch (around 3pm to catch the sunset at 4:30) at the Pelican Brewery in Pacific City. We almost skipped coming to this place but its a must see! The sunset was so beautiful and the Pelican Brewery has awesome beer and food. This beach reminded me of the beaches in CA. It looked completely different than the other beaches we visited along the Oregon Coast. Even though it was only about 38 degrees with the chilly wind, we caught some surfers enjoying the waves.
We stayed at the Salishan Spa and Gold Resort in Lincoln City. It was the most fancy place we stayed all week but we stole a deal because of the off season. So we decided to sleep in and enjoy the gym before heading out to Cannon Beach.
On our way, we stopped at the Cape Kiwanda State Park for some easy hiking and seal watching. And don't miss the Tillamook Cheese factory! We sampled our favorite cheese and left battling over an ice cream cone. It was well worth it....We love Tillamook cheese :)
We made it to Cannon Beach! And found some hooligans roaming. Enjoying the last sunset of 2015 :) We stayed 1 block from the ocean at Blue Gill Inn. Cannon Beach is the cutest beach town ever with small boutique shops, wineries, and lots of art galleries.
Our livers hurt, the wind was piercingly cold, the apartment looked like someone threw up New Years glitter but we raged into 2016 with this awesome group.
This pretty much sums up the entire weekend. Sand angels anyone?
Final sunset of 2015 and the first time as The Wards!
Cannon Beach, OR
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