Last year, my brother, sister and I, set off on an amazing adventure to the US of A. Somehow, we survived each other and spent two incredible weeks city-hopping down the West Coast. If you’re planning a similar trip this summer and need ideas, look forward to reading my city guide travel series…
A D R I V E T H R O U G H O R E G A N
Sandy dunes and sunset beaches
After we’d said our goodbyes to Portland, it was my turn to drive the three hours down to Oregon. One tip I must give you (that we learnt by getting in trouble) is that in the State of Oregon, it is illegal to fill up your car with petrol yourself – you have to let the person in charge do it for you. So, be careful!
As we arrived into the State, we could see the huge sand dunes in the distance that looked so weirdly placed behind the forest trees visible from the highway. We were supposed to be hiring a buggy to ride around the dunes but the lady at the information desk scared us away from driving one ourselves. She elaborately described horror stories about untrained drivers’ cars flipping over or falling off sand cliffs…
So, we settled for joining a group that were supposed to be driven around by an instructor. However, once we got there, we were told the wait time was over an hour long! Anyone looking to do this activity should leave plenty of time or book in advance.
W H A T T O S E E
O R E G O N D U N E S N A T I O N A L P A R K
Though it was a shame that we didn’t get to drive around in a buggy, we decided to park our car in a bay by the dunes and go and explore on foot for ourselves. Before we saw any of the amazing views, we had a short but extremely steep slope of sand to climb over. After several attempts however, I made it up.
The view was absolutely stunning! Sandy hills as far as I could see. You can get an idea of just how big the dunes are in the picture above where I’m sat in the middle of them. We could have sat up there for hours, it was so peaceful. A great place to relax and enjoy a picnic.
W E S T C O A S T G A M E P A R K S A F A R I
Our next stop was West Coast Game Park Safari where we were excited to be able to walk amongst the animals. As you enter you are immediately met by goats, deer, llamas and donkeys but you can also see some caged animals such as leopards, tigers, lions and bears.
Our highlight was being able to pet a baby bear, tiger cub and lynx!
G O L D B E A C H
How stunning is that?! Do I even need to convince you to visit this place? Luckily for us, our hotel was situated right on this beach so we could watch the sunset.
W H E R E T O E A T
S P I N N E R ‘ S S E A F O O D , S T E A K & C H O P H O U S E
Located right by Gold Beach, Spinner’s Seafood, Steak & Chop House is a fine dining restaurant serving fresh seafood and quality cuts of meat. We were very impressed with the food and the portion sizes were perfect unlike some high-end restaurants.
Though the outside looks humble, the inside is lavishly decorated with glossy wood panelling and furniture, and beautifully laid out dining tables. The service was fast and the waiter’s were very friendly. A great place to enjoy your dinner by the ocean.
W H E R E T O S T A Y
I loved Gold Beach Inn! First of all, the location was amazing, right by the beach with a view of the ocean. And second, the rooms were clean, spacious and very comfortable.
We were able to park right outside our room so we could keep an eye on our car and we had access to swimming pools and a jacuzzi as well as the beach a few steps away. We also had free wifi, a telephone, hairdryer and balcony.
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