Cape Perpetua, Oregon Coast Day-Trip.

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The Oregon coast offers views and endless access to the ocean. There are so many options that it is hard to decide where to go next. The coast is one of our favorite winter day-trips.

What to pack for a winter day-trip to the Oregon Coast?

Hats, gloves, rain pants, spare socks, spare clothes, winter jackets, sunglasses, and rain jackets.

Our van stays stocked with food and kitchen supplies but I usually make sure that I have plenty of hot cocoa and a fast way to boil water!

You will also need your Interagency Pass and your National Parks Passport book if you have one.

What does Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Coast have to offer?

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area includes 2700 arces of Oregon’s coast. There are views from 800 feet above the shore.

There is a trail system, visitor’s center, ranger programs, and amazing views. Bring your inter-agency pass and settle in for the day.

Visitor’s Center view. Sprinter DIY.

A paved trail, with a tunnel under 101, leads from the visitor’s center to places with names like Devil’s churn and Thor’s well.

The approach down to the Devil’s Churn.

Are There Tide Pools?

There are tide pools. It is worth noting that these are not nearly as robust as the ones a few miles north at Yaquina Head, but none the less, the kids enjoy them.

Where Should We Eat Lunch?

As usual, we are always on the look out for places to park our van and enjoy a good meal. Cape Perpetua does not disappoint!

Head approximately one mile south to Neptune South. It is sure not to disappoint!

The kids love checking out the beach, running through water, splashing in puddles, discovering beach creatures, skipping stones, making dams, and they will continue this all day if I let them!

The pics do not do it justice!

beach and stones
Neptune South
sun and views
This is crazy sand.
Coast with a view, wind, waves, sun

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Oregon winter day trips

Last weekend was a success! We sold our spare Sprinter seats and reclaimed our garage. We painted our bathroom while the neighborhood kids made a tent city in the front yard. I thought about options for Oregon winter day trips.

CD told me that he has a new plan for upcoming Sprinter modifications. I am anxiously awaiting the details.

So, what should we do with the rest of our Oregon winter? Here are a few ideas:

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head. Bring your inter-agency pass and hit the tide pools. There will be just enough but not too many people. You are sure to find something amazing!

Oregon Coast

Any Oregon beach. Sprinter DIY. Oregon winter day trips.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach. Rain pants, rain jackets, and spare socks are recommended. Sprinter DIY.

Sno-Park: Oregon Winter

Sno-park. Get your sno-park pass and hit the road. Hope for a rain-free day and you may be surprised how solid of a snow fort you can make with pacific northwest concrete.

Mary’s Peak, Oregon Coast Range Winter Day Trips

Don’t forget the snowshoes. Drive toward’s Mary’s peak until the road is no longer passable and then continue by foot. Bring a shovel and expect to help dig out a stuck car or two. The kids will love it!

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