Driving along the Oregon Coast on Highway 101 is an experience that rivals any scenic drive in the world. The popular destination in Northwest Oregon on the coast is Haystack Rock, but the journey that takes you there from the south is equally stunning. Instead of heading straight to the coast from Portland, consider stopping in Tillamook for the cheese before racing the last few hours of sunlight up the most beautiful coastline. There are several lookout points and mostly empty beaches that are just as picturesque as Haystack Rock. Arcadia Beach (pictured) is a beautiful alternative to the other touristy spots along the way.