The route on your trip from Eugene to Yachats takes you along a path to a variety of diverse and unique national parks. You can begin your exploration south of Eugene at Crater Lake National Park, then head north to enjoy the majestic beauty of Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks. Stops in the quaint cities of Albany, Newport, and Corvallis will treat you to a few special sights and experiences at Talking Water Gardens, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and the Hot Shop, where you'll have an unforgettable glass blowing experience.
Adding a few national parks to your trip itinerary is a great way to enjoy more of Oregon and the natural beauty of a few parks in nearby Washington State.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is a two hour and 35-minute drive southeast of Eugene and is well worth the slight detour. At this park, you'll explore beautiful and interesting areas around the lake at Wizard Island, Cleetwood Cove, Vidae Falls, and the glacial valley at Sun Notch. Take the scenic route around the lake on the 33-mile loop Rim Drive with 30 overlook spots to stop and enjoy, and experience Rim Village on a self-guided tour through this historic district that features a few notable places to stop at Kiser Studio, Crater Lake Lodge, and the Sinnot Memorial Overlook.
Mount Rainier National Park
Located in Washington, Mount Rainier National Park is just four hours north from Eugene off Interstate 5. Experience a variety of activities on the 14,410-foot active volcano that includes summer and winter climbing, hiking the 275 miles of surrounding trails, and mountain biking on scenic roads and paths at Longmire and Mowich Lake. Fishing and boating are also available on several of Mount Rainier’s serene lakes and rivers. Be sure to check out the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center for information and exhibits about the park's history and guided ranger programs. There's plenty to see and do at Mount Rainier, so consider extending your stay for at least two to three days.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is four hours and 30 minutes away from Eugene and should definitely be on your national park bucket list. Start your adventure at the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center for information on what sights to see and trails to trek in this part of the park. Visits to popular areas take you to scenic waterfalls at Marymere and Sol Duc Falls; majestic peaks such as Mount Olympus, the highest in the park; and breathtaking beaches and lakes. Blue Glacier, Hurricane Ridge, and the Hall of Mosses are must-see exploration sites, and you won't want to miss Olympic's naturally dark night skies.
Enjoy the serenity and unique history of some lovely state parks on your trip from Eugene to Yachats.
South Beach State Park
At South Beach State Park, you can explore several miles of Oregon's spectacular coastline while enjoying hiking, biking, horseback riding, and year-round camping. In the Visitor Center, you'll learn about the nature, culture, and history of the area. Attractions in the nearby city of Newport include the Historic Bayfront near Yaquina Bay, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Sea Lion Docks, and Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Beverly Beach State Park
Beverly Beach State Park is only 11 minutes north of Newport and features roomy year-round RV campsites located on the border of stony Spencer Creek in a hidden, sheltered forest. In addition to several whale-watching viewpoints with plenty of tide pools to explore, you'll find exhibit information about the history of the park at the Welcome Center. There are also plenty of grassy picnic areas and hiking trails. Miles of Oregon coastline offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and relaxation.
Brian Booth State Park
Brian Booth State Park is made up of two diverse areas at Ona Beach and Beaver Creek State Natural Area with activities that include kayaking, wildlife viewing, and hiking the park's 5 miles of trails. The Welcome Center features interpretive exhibits describing local ecology and wildlife with a deck area reserved for birdwatching that overlooks the marsh and creek below. Some of the inhabitants you can expect to see are otters, beavers, Roosevelt Elk, and deer with occasional opportunities to spot black bears and cougars.
Talking Water Gardens
As you pass through Albany, take a walk at Talking Water Gardens, a popular destination with two miles of trails that take you through a series of wetlands and waterfalls used to naturally treat water. Viewpoints throughout the park are perfect for photographing numerous species of birds, small mammals, and reptiles that inhabit the area.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the only existing wooden lighthouse in Oregon and is a breathtaking must-see location on your trip. The lighthouse offers tours throughout the year that explore key interior features that include the watch room and basement, which has a store, interpretive educational displays, and a video about the history of the lighthouse.
The Hot Shop
In Newport, you'll find the Hot Shop, a glassblowing studio that offers private glassblowing experiences that allow you to create your own masterpiece. During your 30-60-minute session, you'll learn about some of the tools and methods for blowing glass. Then you can choose the colors, patterns, and items you want to create from a list that includes wavy bowls, drinking glasses, vases, and floats to complete your design. The cooling process takes 12 hours, so expect to pick up your work of art the following day.
While you're in Albany, check out the Albany Regional Museum for local history exhibits and the Historic Carousel and Museum for a walking tour of the property that features an indoor carousel with hand-carved and hand-painted animals. Enjoy some fresh air and wine at Springhill Cellars Winery, open from May through December. If you're in town at the end of November, partake in Springhill's annual Federweisser Festival with excellent live music, bratwurst, and sweet onion tarts. Campgrounds around Albany allow you to explore this fabulous little city at your own pace. Dump stations in nearby towns help you keep your RV fresh and clean.
A stop in Corvallis treats you to a variety of must-experience wineries at Panache Cellars, Cardwell Hill Cellars, and the Heart of Willamette Winery Association. Fun outdoor locations to explore are the Peavy Arboretum, McDonald-Dunn Forest, and the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area. In the city, the popular 2 Towns Ciderhouse is a great place to unwind and to try a few samples of on-tap flagship and seasonal brews. Before you leave town, visit the Benson County Historical Museum, the Rose Garden in Avery Park, and the Corvallis Farmer's Market. Enjoy a variety of amenities and quick access to local attractions at campgrounds close to town. Dump stations are located not far from the city for your convenience.
A visit to Waldport offers more to explore and experience at Drift Creek Wilderness with plenty of great hiking spots to trek and streams to fish. Check out Big Stump, a mysterious remnant of a redwood tree that has been a popular coastal landmark for over 200 years. At the Waldport Heritage Museum, you can browse educational exhibits about the history and the culture of the area. A stay at a nearby campground lets you enjoy more time in this city. You can keep up your RV's sanitation needs at local dump stations.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Eugene to Yachats, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Eugene or Yachats.