If you like uncrowded beaches, craggy rock features and dramatic and foggy coastlines, a drive along the Oregon coast should top your list! Harris Beach State Park
RV/Oversized Vehicle Parking: Camping at this state park puts you smack dab among many Instagram worthy sites and locales. Sites had electric and water hook-ups and we liked that many campground sites offered privacy hedges while sites along the outer edge had views of the ocean. There are biking paths and hiking trails, with beach access a short stroll from the campground. Would enjoy camping here again.
And if you can’t resist the urge (which you won’t) to snap a few pics while driving along the coast and the Scenic Corridor, most spots have pull outs and ample parking.
All that driving makes me hungry, so when I got to Gold Beach I was pretty ravenous. One of my favorite things to do while traveling across the country is to eat locally and support local businesses. Hunger Paynes food truck in Gold Beach, OR did not disappoint. Fellow Yelpers raved about their crab melt sandwich, which was delicious! Crunchy bread, melted cheese and loads of flavorful lump crab.
Crescent Beach is a little beach town with a nice, relaxed vibe. One of its popular sights is Haystack Rock, which fans of the movie Goonies might recognize. Do the truffle shuffle!
Crater Lake NP
Crater lake, located in Southern Oregon, is a caldera, that’s five by six miles across and nearly 4,000 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in the U.S. It contains nearly 5 trillion gallons of water! Unfortunately, our visit here coincided with some of the worst Oregon wildfires. I heard that the blueness of Crater Lake is magical, but unfortunately was not able to witness it for myself. Guess we’ll have to plan a return trip!
Even with the poor visibility from the wildfires, we tried to make the best of it and worked in a few shorter hikes. One of them, pictured above, is the Plaikni Falls trail, which is a short 2.2 mile out and back hike to the lovely waterfalls. You start in old growth forest along a flat, easy trail and very quickly arrive at the falls. The downside is that it’s popular, so you likely won’t have the trails or the falls to yourself.
At this point, I’d like to plug the only PSA I’ll likely ever write here: please people, stay on the trails. At Plaikni Falls, I was frustrated by seeing numerous people completely ignore and step over signs that said, “Fragile area, please do not enter”. Their careless mucking about in the area by the falls will surely ruin the experience for future visitors when all the delicate vegetation has died under their rough hiking boots. And for what purpose? Because they wanted better angles to their photographs.