Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is a densely-packed collection of scenic wonders along two miles of US 101 just south of Yachats, Oregon. It is well worth spending an entire day, or weekend, exploring this scenic treasure chest. Lodgings are available at a campground on-site, in nearby Yachats, further north in Waldport, or at vacation rentals across the Lane County line to the south. This rugged stretch of the Oregon coast feels remote. Much of the human presence is parks. The area is mostly without cell phone service. It's a scenic wonderland, however, and popular with travelers.
Here are some things not to miss. If you have time, park anywhere and walk to the surrounding sights.
A jagged gash in the volcanic rock terrace underlying a dramatic headland concentrates the force of ocean waves in an awe-inspiring way. A steep path leads down to the lava rock terrace, where you can see and feel the power at close hand, and explore the rock terrace and the tidepools it captures. If the tide allows, I think you can follow the terrace around the base of the rocky headland to Cove Beach. Or, climb back up the trail and take the loop trail through old-growth forest, with trees carved into fantastical shapes by fierce winds and salt spray. The Trail of the Restless Waters loop also takes you around to the north side of Cove Beach. You can ascend back to the Devil's Churn parking and information booth, or take the trail fork around the cove to the Cove Beach access and trailhead.