The last few RV snowbird seasons have seen us use the Highway 101 route up and down the Oregon Coast from our home on Vancouver Island to the US South West. We love it for a few reasons.
- Being on the temperate coast we are less likely to encounter snow and icy conditions.
- The pace of traffic is a little more laid back, with less big trucks and crazed city drivers than say the Interstate 5
- Our truck is a little older so long mountain grades can be a little taxing on it. The coast has some hills but generally not too steep or long.
- We love seafood and there are some excellent stops to fill our bellies with some of the freshest out there.
- The scenery is jaw dropping and to die for!
You will find amazing beach after amazing beach all the way along. We have one beach on Vancouver Island called Long Beach, so admired it has been included in Pacific Rim National Park. I would say there are at least 10 equally as nice or nicer beaches on the Oregon Coast.
Our Favorite Oregon Coast Beach
Of the many gorgeous Oregon coast beaches two really stand out for me. They are Bandon Beach which we also visited this season and Cannon Beach. Between the two Cannon Beach holds the sentimental edge being the first Oregon Beach we ever visited about 6 year ago in our first RV, a 1989 Ford Camper van we named Daisy. Our beagles loved to romp and play on Cannon Beach, especially our old timer named Oscar. When Oscar’s last days came it was Cannon Beach where he had his last beach visit and a very special meal of Mo’s halibut. Back then we loved to camp at the Nehalem Bay State Park just down the road a ways, beautiful campground nestled in behind the dunes and has its own lovely beach as well. Now we stay at the Thousand Trails Seaside RV Park about 10 miles north of Cannon Beach. It’s a nice park with a country atmosphere, lots of green grass, creeks and ponds.
This year we spent our 10th anniversary at Cannon Beach in the late fall on our way down the coast. It was a dreary wet time, so we treated ourselves to an amazing beach front room in a fancy hotel, awesome! We would bundle up and walk the foggy, misty beach and then head back inside for a warm drink and some storm watching.
On the way back this spring it was much the same dreary rainy weather and we almost gave up on revisiting Cannon Beach when the weather turned as it so often does on the west coast and a warm sunny day was forecast. We extended our stay and enjoyed another spectacular day and evening taking in Cannon Beach once again.
Video From Our Last Cannon Beach Visit
RVing Notes for Cannon Beach
If you don’t have time to stay in an local RV park for an extended visit you can always stop in one of the several RV friendly lots along the beach area. My favorite if towing the fifth wheel is to head to the south end of town and park in the Tolovana Wayside. It’s an easy on/off spot from highway 101 and plenty of parking for the biggest of rigs. Also as a bonus one of the famous Mo’s restaurants is located right there. Have fish and chips or your favorite seafood with a great view of Haystack Rock. If you would like to do some shopping and wander the street in the village area then head to the visitor center for bigger rig parking areas and a short walk to the action.
Cannon Beach is an amazing spot and (can you tell) I highly recommend it as an RVing stop along Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast.
Photo Gallery of Visit to Cannon Beach, Oregon
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