I've lived in the Pacific Northwest since the 90s, but there are still stretches of this beautiful corner of the region I haven't visited.
After stopping through California's redwood forests, we turned north on 101, following the shoreline from the border of California and Oregon to its northernmost tip where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.
Along the way, we passed through the southern Oregon coast, a stretch of coastline I'd never seen. US Highway Route 101 predominantly sits on the edge of Oregon's shores, winding 363 miles past countless sea stacks, iconic lighthouses, and frigid waters. Though we'd seen glimpses via social media, nothing compared to experiencing the twists and turns of the highway with stunning landscapes around every bend. Even though we were plagued by rain showers, we got out at nearly every viewpoint, rain or shine, to wander around and wonder at our state's rugged beauty. With any luck, we won't wait another 20 years to return to this little corner of Oregon.