After leaving Portland, I headed south on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, one of the most beautiful drives in the US. This route is abound with breathtaking vistas, so if you decide to take it, budget for frequent stops. Magnificent rock formations, crashing waves, sandy beaches, and hiking trails are all there for travelers to enjoy.
For the night I stopped at Reedsport , a small town located at the intersection of Oregon Route 38 and U.S. Route 101. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Interpretive center is situated in the town, where you can find interpretive panels, short films, and information about the local area and attractions.
After checking into one of the local hotels, I had my dinner at the Harbor Light Family Restaurant, a popular spot for locals and travelers. The restaurant’s menu features seafood, steaks, and burgers. I ordered flavorful Thai Burger – a beef burger and pineapple salsa served on a pretzel bun with the side of french fries.
In the morning, on the way to the Dunes, I grabbed a coffee and an onion bagel with cream cheese at Sourdough Bakery Windy Bay Gourment at Winchester Bay. The bakery offers a variety of baked goods made from sourdough: breads, bagels, pizza, focaccia, and sandwiches. From July to August, it serves chowder as well.
I still remember how delicious that bagel was.
Located south of Winchester Bay, Umpqua Beach #3 Day Use & Staging Area is home to the some of the tallest sand dunes in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, many of which are as tall as 500 feet above sea level. These dunes, the result of millions of years of wind and rain erosion on the Oregon Coast, provide an opportunity for off-road vehicle use for recreation.
A path to the Umpqua Beach #3.
The beach, which is closed to vehicles, is a great place to take long walks, gather shells, and have a picnic.
After spending some time on the beach, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I went on a short riding adventure on the dunes. From there I took in a stunning view of the dunes and the ocean. What an amazing place to be at.