Pacific Northwest Road Trips, for 2 Wheels or 4Life is as much about the journey as the destination, so the saying goes. With hundreds of scenic byways and tour routes, few regions offer the chance to discover highways and back-roads quite like the Pacific Northwest.
Astoria and Warrenton are a perfect launch point for a number of coastal road trip routes. The beauty of these courses, aside from the breathtaking views, is that they’re a quick escape from Portland and Seattle to miles of unfettered roads with plenty of motorcycle-friendly pit stops along the way.
When you kick-start your adventure here, you’ll be welcomed with rider-friendly lodging options, world class seafood and a burgeoning craft beer scene– exactly what you’ll be craving (once you’ve parked for the night, of course). From there, chart a course along the coast via the Long Beach Loop or Highway 101 and its feeder routes using the itineraries below.
4 Reasons to Ride to Astoria & Warrenton
Coming by car? Wonderful. By bike? Even better. For everything riders look for in a road trip destination, all signs point to Astoria and Warrenton.
- Stunning scenery
- Maintained roads
- Day/nighttime activities
- Motorcycle-friendly lodging
About the Long Beach Loop
The Long Beach Loop is designed around the 28-mile Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State, just north of Astoria and Warrenton. After reaching the coast, you could easily spend a day exploring the beauty and bounty of the peninsula beaches, grab a bite at restaurants like The Depot Restaurant, the Shelburne Restaurant and Pub or the Crab Pot Seafood Market and Restaurant. Or, continue to Astoria, where even more sightseeing and coastal adventures await.
From Portland, take either US-26 W to US-101 N into Astoria, or US-30 W to Astoria (both scenic routes), and set up your home base before continuing on to the Long Beach Peninsula. From Astoria, you’ll take US-101 N to WA-103 N/Pacific Ave, which runs the length of the Peninsula.
From Seattle, take I-5 S to US-101 S, which meets WA-103 at the base of the Long Beach Peninsula. Once you’ve enjoyed all the Long Beach Loop has to offer, head across the stunning Astoria-Megler Bridge via US-101 S into Astoria for the night, for more things to see and do.
After you have your coffee in the morning, you won’t want to head home before riding just a little further west, to explore the wildlife and historic landmarks awaiting you in Fort Stevens State Park.
About the Oregon Coast Highway
The Oregon Coast Highway, the Oregon section of U.S.-101 N, is revered by road trippers and photographers alike for its 363 miles of tree-lined, coast-hugging roads and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Oregon Coast Highway includes three scenic byways: the Northern Oregon Coast, which takes you from Astoria to Pacific City, the Central Oregon Coast, from Pacific City to Bandon, and the Southern Oregon Coast, from Bandon to Brookings. Each stretch is about 3 hours of driving time.
From Portland, take either US-26 W to US-101 N, or US-30 W to Astoria. From Seattle, take I-5 S to US-101 S and continue across the Astoria-Megler Bridge into Astoria. We’d recommend exploring the many things to do in Astoria and Warrenton by day, and getting a good night’s sleep before beginning your journey down the coast.
From Astoria or Warrenton, head south on U.S.-101 S to the coastal destination of your choosing! You can find more information about destinations and attractions along the way here.
What better way to welcome spring and summer to the Pacific Northwest than with the wind through your car windows or coming over your handlebars? On two wheels or four, whether you take an overnight trip around the Long Beach Loop or spend a few days exploring the Oregon Coast Highway, both routes provide a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life.
Get tips from past visitors, find detailed maps and directions here, browse lodging options or contact the Visitor Center for more information on motorcycle-friendly businesses in Astoria and Warrenton.