The Let’s Go Dog NW Coastal Road Trip 2015 is now over. And we can’t wait to do it again!
My dogs and I took a road trip down the coast of Washington and Oregon for 7 days. We basically:
- drove scenic roads
- walked park trails
- sniffed out pit stops
- roamed ocean and river beaches
- watched sunsets
- slept in late
This post is a pictorial overview (aka vacation slide-show) of our trip.
Day 1: Port Angeles –> Ocean Shores, WA (118 miles)
Day 2: Ocean Shores, WA –> Wilsonville, OR (243 miles)
We started Valentine’s Day off right with a walk on the beach at Point Brown, the very tip of Ocean Shores’ peninsula. The dogs were in high spirits, watching families and puppies frolic.
Later we had a pit stop at the Willapa Nat’l Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately, dogs were not welcome on its paths. Zack and Zoe didn’t mind. There’s plenty of green around the parking lot, and a fascinating boat launch across the road.
Day 3: Wilsonville –> Grants Pass, OR (242 miles)
Because Oregon shoreline lodgings were booked for the 3-day weekend, we went inland earlier than planned.
We stopped by several delightful parks (including dog-friendly Williamette Mission State Park, pictured at the start of this post), and marveled at crop fields poised to start their growing season.
Day 4: Grants Pass –> Brookings, OR (154 miles)
The Redwood Highway (aka Hwy 199) winds southwest out of Grants Pass, Oregon, through redwoods and quaint towns, and past rivers. It’s gorgeous.
We diverted from the Redwood Highway briefly by heading up to the Oregon Caves Nat’l Monument. We had the road (thank goodness ’cause it’s really twisty!) and park to ourselves. Bats were hibernating so the caves were closed. Dogs aren’t allowed in caves anyway, but there are dog-friendly paved trails.
Further down the Redwood Highway, we were completely delighted by the Jedediah Smith Redwoods California State Park and fully intend to return to camp some day. Some camp sites are right on the Smith river. Trails are not dog friendly, but we were content with the riverbanks and campground roads.
Day 5: Brookings, OR (0 miles)
Day 5 we took a break from the van. We spoiled ourselves by staying in an oceanfront hotel with a private balcony. The dogs loved the private balcony, with a front row seat at the beach to watch dogs frolic and birds swoop.
Day 6: Brookings –> Yachats, OR (190 miles)
Day 6 we simply cruised the Oregon coastline. There were plenty of beaches and parks and outlooks to visit.
We found a couple generally overlooked gems, like the Humbug Mountain State Park with it’s tiny, well-kept campground planted beside a stream.
Day 7: Yachats, OR –> Port Angeles, WA (380 miles)
We left Yachats late, enjoying the 7 miles of beach right behind our little motel.
Then we headed for home. It was time to take a pit stop when we stumbled upon the Bob Straub State Park, an unassuming park with dunes and a looong stretch of beach where we saw not another living soul!
Finally arriving home, the dogs danced in the yard free from leashes. Then slept hard.
I was afraid I burnt them out on future dog trips.
Yet, the very next morning they herded me back to the van for another ride!
I can say with confidence that we’re ready for another trip. Wherever, whenever.