The Mile-By-Mile Guide to Hwy 101
Official Visitor’s Guide
Highway 101, an official All American Road, is the artery that ties together the Oregon Coast. The Mile-by-Mile Guide to Highway 101 has been designed to make your journey more interesting by identifying the natural, historical, and recreational sites and attractions along the route. The Oregon Department of Transportation has placed milepost markers all along Hwy 101. We use actual markers, Beginning at 0.0—the south end of the Megler Bridge, which carries Highway 101 across the Columbia River—and reach 363 at the California– Oregon state line. The actualmileposts may not match your odometer because of changes that have taken place since the numbering system was established. We start over with 0.0 at the California border. There are two loops within the guide. The milepost numbers for these are indicated in blue.
To help you explore, this guide has been organized into three distinct sub regions. As you roam, take your time. Come hear the stories, relax in our sunshine, and marvel at this land called the Oregon Coast.
New! Interactive guide for your cell phone
The Mile-by-Mile Guide is now available in an interactive form. Guides to several branching roads such as the Three Capes Loop begin at the points where they intersect Highway 101. It uses Google maps to show more detailed surroundings for each location, and it is searchable. Phone numbers are provided in a form that allows many cell phones to dial instantly with a single tap on the screen. When available, links to full Web sites are provided.
Long Beach Peninsula
• Chinook • Illwaco • Long Beach • Ocean Park • Nahcotta • Oysterville •
The southern Washington coast offers a diversity of activities. From the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Oysterville, experience hiking, fishing, siteseeing and fine dining along with plenty of beaches to explore.
North Oregon Coast -
• Astoria • Warrenton • Seaside • Cannon Beach • Manzanita • Nehalem • Wheeler • Rockaway Beach • Bay City • Garibaldi • Tillamook • Three Capes Scenic Loop • Oceanside • Pacific City • Netarts • Cloverdale •
Between the mighty Columbia River and the idyllic Neskowin Valley lies the North Coast. This land of wonderful beaches and rugged headlands is home to Oregon's newest national park as well as three fascinating towns, some very famous cheese, and a scenic 38-mile alternate route to Hwy 101.
Central Oregon Coast
• Lincoln City • Gleneden Beach • Depoe Bay • Otter Rock • Newport • Seal Rock • Waldport • Yachats • Florence • Mapleton •
Between Lincoln City and Florence lies the spectacular Central Coast, blessed with long, sandy beaches, massive headlands, and picturesque lighthouses. This part of the coast boasts numerous lodgings with dramatic ocean views, and its towns, located 10 to 20 miles apart, provide a marvelous selection of places to stay and eat, ranging from economical to elegant.
South Oregon Coast
• Gardiner • Reedsport • Winchester Bay • Lakeside • North Bend • Coos Bay • Cape Arago Loop • Charleston • Coquille • Myrtle Point • Bandon • Port Orford • Ophir • Gold Beach • Brookings-Harbor •
After passing by the towering sand dunes of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and the coastal cities of the Bay Area, the South Coast shows its wilder side. See the coast of yesteryear, where large areas between towns are nearly unchanged by human habitation and the ocean view is unobstructed.
Del Norte County, California
• Crescent City • Klamath Area •
From the historic town of Smith River, with its miles of lily fields, to the Klamath area with its majestic redwoods, Del Norte County has many attractions; Elk Valley Casino, Ocean World, and Trees of Mystery all make for exciting reasons to spend time in this area.