Oregon Road Trip
Oregon: the pioneers dream. The Oregon Trail was always one of my favorite games to play in Elementary School. Although I played many times, I never did make it to Oregon. If my wagon wasn’t getting destroyed trying to cross the Mississippi River, the cook was giving everyone food poisoning.☠️💀👻

Oregon: the pioneers dream. The Oregon Trail was always one of my favorite games to play in Elementary School. Although I played many times, I never did make it to Oregon. If my wagon wasn’t getting destroyed trying to cross the Mississippi River, the cook was giving everyone food poisoning.☠️💀👻

Hopefully, our cross country journey to Oregon will go a bit smoother. Once we finally make it to Oregon, we will see breath taking views of mountains, lakes created by craters and rocky Pacific Ocean beaches. Over the course of 4 days I will be making a once in a lifetime Road Trip through Oregon.

🌞 Oregon Road Trip: Day 1

🚘 Drive Time: 4.5 hours

Crater Lake Oregon

🗺 Crater Lake, Oregon, 97604

Crater Lake in Oregon was the location of one of the biggest volcanic eruptions witnessed in the history of man. This volcanic eruption was so big that several Native American tribes had legends about it. The crater left behind after the eruption 🌋 turned into the deepest lake in the United States.

With such a dramatic display, it is no surprise that the native Klamath tribe, who would have been living to the southeast of the mountain, took serious note. They have a distinct legend about Crater Lake that has been passed down for 7700 years. The other Indian tribes of the area also have myths relating to the eruption, though with different gods and mythology. The Klamath myth takes the form of a great battle between a fiery underworld god known as Lla-O and a sky god known as Skell. The war is described by a Klamath chief as such:


“With such a sound as had never before been heard, the throne rock of Lla-O burst upward and outward, and great objects and smaller fell through the air, bearing with them the very stars of the heavens. Full seven days no sun was seen and there was no way to tell this day from another, and there was no light save the glare of the flaming mountains, and every day of those seven days the yellow water-smoke took toll in agony from those that could not live.”

Atlas Obscura

🌞 Day 2

🚘 Drive Time: 4.5 Hours

Multnomah Falls

This two-tier waterfall is a short 5 minute walk from parking alongside Highway 101.

Standing on the bridge you have a perfect view of the top tier’s full 542-foot height and a knee-wobbling vantage point over the second tier’s 69-foot drop! The bridge is named for Simon Benson, a prominent Portland businessman who owned the falls in the early part of the 1900s.

http://www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls

Portland

One Day in Portland

  • Old Town Portland
  • Shanghai Tunnels

  • Witches Castle at Forest Park
  • Mt. Hood

🌞 Day 3

🚘 Drive Time: Portland to Astoria 2 Hours

A Goonies Experience:
Cannon Beach & Astoria

Astoria

Astoria, Oregon was one of the filming locations for the Goonies. The house, jail and museum, where Mikey’s father worked, are all located here.

  • Walsh Family House – This house is located on the corner of Duane and 37th St. The house is on private property and No Trespassing signs are strictly enforced. You can however walk past the house and take pictures from the outside, just do it fast so not to call attention to yourself.
  • Clatsop County Jailhouse – The jailhouse is now the “Oregon Film Museum”. 732 Duane Street
  • The Museum – In the movie, this is the place where Mikey’s Dad was curator. The house itself is on the list of National Register of Historic Places. 441 8th Street

A few interesting things to see in Astoria that are unrelated to Goonies:

  • The Astoria Column – You can climb to the top of this 125-foot column by climbing up a 164 step spiral staircase. At the top, there is an observation deck looking over the Columbia River.
  • The Wreck of the Peter Iredale – During low tide you are able to walk right up to a 100-year-old shipwreck. The steel ship ran ashore in October of 1906. While this shipwreck is not technically in Astoria, it is located in nearby Warrenton on Peter Iredale Road
  • Astoria Pioneer Cemetary – Astoria was the location of the first permanent American settlement on the Pacific. The Pioneer Cemetary was founded in 1876 and is the final resting place for many of these early pioneers. 1497 Niagra Ave Astoria, Oregon
  • The Wreck of the Peter Iredale – During low tide you are able to walk right up to a 100-year-old shipwreck. The steel ship ran ashore in October of 1906. While this shipwreck is not technically in Astoria, it is located in nearby Warrenton on Peter Iredale Road
  • Astoria Pioneer Cemetary – Astoria was the location of the first permanent American settlement on the Pacific. The Pioneer Cemetary was founded in 1876 and is the final resting place for many of these early pioneers. 1497 Niagra Ave Astoria, Oregon

Cannon Beach

Address: Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Cannon Beach

The end scene in the Goonies was filmed in Cannon Beach Oregon. The famous rock formation is named “Haystack Rock”. There is plenty of free beach parking nearby.


Cape Meares Scenic Viewpoint & Lighthouse

🗺 3500 Cape Meares Loop, Tillamook, OR

This small, but impressive park is home to both the shortest lighthouse and the largest Sitka Spruce in Oregon. Its viewpoints overlooking the Pacific Ocean are known as a prime whale-watching spots during migration seasons.

https://visittheoregoncoast.com/cities/cape-meares/

🌞 Day 4

🚘 Drive Time: 2 Hours

Thor’s Well

🗺 Cape Perpetua, Oregon

Thor’s Well is a natural rock formation, believed to have been created by the collapsed roof of a sea cave. The waves fill in the hole and water comes out of the top. Sometimes it will only be bubbles, while other times the water will spray forcefully. The best time to visit Thor’s Well is around an hour before high tide. This is when you will be most likely to get the most spectacular show because the water will be spraying higher.

According to visitors, the well can be difficult to find, due to the lack of markers from the road. According to the “Local Adventurer”, who has visited Thor’s Well a few times, gives the following tip for finding your way to the well.

Directions to the Well

According to visitors, the well can be difficult to find due to the lack of markers from the road. According to the “Local Adventurer”, who has visited Thor’s Well a few times, these are some good tips for finding your way to the well.

If you’re driving south on 101, park at the Cape Cove Trailhead pull-out 0.3 miles south of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. You’ll see signs at the trail for Spouting Horn. If you look out towards the ocean as you descend, you’ll see Thor’s Well near the edge. After you walk down the stairs, you can walk out onto the rocky coast to get a closer look.

https://localadventurer.com/thors-well-cape-perpetua-oregon-coast/

Sea Lion’s Cave

🗺 Florence, Oregon Cost: Adults are $14.00 each, Seniors are $13.00 each, and children ages 5 to 12 are $8.00 each. Children 4 and under are FREE Website: http://www.sealioncaves.com

The Sea Lion Caves are part of the Oregon/Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. It is the year-round home of the Stellar Sea Lions and is also the largest sea cave in America. Since the cave is not a zoo, it is not guaranteed that there will be sea lions inside the cave. Other marine wildlife such as sea birds and whales also frequent the area.quent the area.

Sources

(1) https://www.onetravel.com/going-places/hey-you-guuuys-5-oregon-locations-every-goonies-fan-should-visit/