"Small Coastal Community with Two State Parks" Pacific City by glabah

Pacific City Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 32 photos

It doesn't look like too much in this photo, but Haystack Rock dominates Pacific City. As you approach Pacific City, you will see the top of the rock looming over the town, which says something about the size of the rock when you realize that it is this far off the coast.

This is not the famous Haystack Rock that is featured in so many coastal Oregon post cards. That Haystack Rock is located quite far north just off the coast of Cannon Beach. However, there are several such rocks so named on the Oregon Coast, and this is one of the two lesser known ones that exist in the VirtualTourist Database.

This pair of common mergansers was seen from the %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/20cf93/ ]tiny riverfront park%L* in downtown Pacific City on 22 March 2011.

Pacific City has two state parks. The most famous of these is Cape Kiwanda, which is featured in a number of famous photos of Oregon. Due to its severe popularity it is rapidly eroding into non-existence. The other state park is Robert Straub, which is somewhat south of the city and features more traditional beach environments.

Highway 101 goes through Pacific City, but north of town it curves inland and remains away from the coast for approximately 20 miles. For those that want a scenic bit of the Oregon Coast, from here north is the Three Capes Scenic Loop. This is a slower route than highway 101 but it is more scenic.

  • Last visit to Pacific City: Mar 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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