Description - This byway trots along the Oregon coast's full length. The northern end starts in the shadow of the impressive Astoria-Megler Bridge, where the mouth of the Columbia River gapes wide (Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rockies). Shining beaches and hushed temperate rain forests govern the following dozens of miles. Following parallel to the Lewis and Clark Trail, the route stops by attractive places such as the resort town of Seaside, famous for its two-mile beachfront promenade, and the busy Garibaldi fishing port on Tillamook Bay.
The southern portion of the byway changes a little, as it is dominated by rugged cliffs, farms, and sandy beaches. This is a segment that maintains some of the most photographed areas in Oregon (Siletz and Depoe Bays, for instance), colorful skies, lots of dairy land, and the city of Tillamook (the producer of the famous brand of cheese.)
- The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - Oregon is known for it's archeology, cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic attractions. This byway is lined with museums, state parks, overlooks, historic bridges, and lighthouses
Recreation - Recreational opportunities along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway include camping, biking, hiking, picnicking and visiting historic sites.
Climate - The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.
The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway starts in Astoria and travels to Brookings. This byway travels along the entire coast of Oregon.
Directions from : It is very easy to get to any portion of this byway because it is so long (it covers the entire length of Oregon's coast) and because it connects in a number of places to one of Oregon's most-used roads, I-5. I-5 runs parallel to the byway and most of Oregon's largest cities, such as Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, and Portland, sit on it. So basically, once you're on I-5, you can hook onto a main east-west route, head west, and hit the byway about 40 miles later.