Oregon is one of my most favorite places. Everywhere is so scenic. I could 100% live there and find new places to explore everyday. Here are some spots we visited:
-Cannon Beach. I love everything about it – giant rock formations, people walking their dogs, campfires on the beach! So cool. For me, the most fascinating part were all the starfish you can see in the tide pools around Haystack Rock. You have to get there at low tide, usually early morning. This website updates the tide times daily, which is extremely helpful. The water is pretty frigid, but you won’t regret getting knee-deep and up close and personal with the starfish. Grab some lunch at Mo’s. The hot crab melt is delightful, but the great view is what makes this place special.
We’ve been to California a few times now. It’s huge, and I hope to see more of it. Here are some parts we’ve been to so far that I’d say are worth checking out:
-Venice Beach. There’s a boardwalk, skatepark, beach, shops, restaurants, music, art, street performers, and tons of interesting people. I could hang out here all day.
venice beach skatepark
jim morrison mural in venice beach
Aloha! Maui is one of the coolest islands on the planet. It’s small, relative to the other islands. If you’re up for the drive, and limited on time (like we were), you can actually drive around the entire island in a day.
-haleakala sunrise. AMAZING! To this day, I have yet to see a cooler sunrise. It’s a long and winding drive up towards the summit, and a then short walk to the very top. Takes your breath away. And I mean literally. It gets a little harder to breathe, because you’re 10,000 feet above sea level. Feels like you’re above the clouds.
-the road to hana. Also amazing! Most rental cars don’t permit you to drive on the more dangerous dirt roads, but we risked it, and I’m so glad we did. It goes from a lot of sketchy cliff driving with barely any guard rail, to lush jurassic park-like scenery, to roadside chickens, to waterfalls, to farmland, and for us, a congregation of cows who would not be MOOved. As if that’s not enough to sell you, the Atlantic ocean is the Sam to your Frodo- always by your side from beginning to end.
road to hana