Pacific City is the Perfect Oregon Coast Town
The van called Red Sky is a beauty. Her cherry red color makes her stand out where ever she goes, even when positioned next to iconic Oregon landmarks like Haystack Rock. She recently headed to Pacific City, a slightly sleepy beachfront town where sand drifts across parking lots and fishing dories ride the waves into shore. Make your own adventure in Red Sky, or repeat this trip (it’s a good one!). We’ve shared route information, courtesy of Travel Oregon, below.
If you’re coming from the north, treat yourself to an extra-attractive approach to Pacific City. Hop off US-101 at Tillamook and follow OR-131, part of the Three Capes Scenic Drive. Follow OR-131 north past Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a favorite among photographers. As is the blinking lighthouse atop the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. Then backtrack down the Coast along Netarts Bay. Its waters are protected by a 5-mile-long sand spit extending from Cape Lookout State Park. You’ll find camping, long beaches and plenty of trails here, including a dramatic 2.5-mile hike out atop the cliff-edged cape.
Capes and More Capes
From Cape Lookout, the scenic loop drifts downhill and into a landscape of sandy pine barrens. All-terrain vehicles romp on the dunes and on specially designated trails at the Sand Lake Recreation Area. There is a campground with ample parking for extra-easy access.
Across Sand Lake — which is actually an estuary opening to the Pacific Ocean — visitors can hike and explore the quiet, bird-filled waters at Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, Oregon’s newest state park. Continuing south, the rocky monolith of Haystack Rock comes into view. Here you’ll also find cape number three, the sandy headland of Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.