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Alsea Falls

Marys Peak to Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Corvallis Oregon

Your first stop on your journey is Corvallis. It is a great mix of history with all you would want or need from a modern city as well. Corvallis may be most famous as the home of Oregon State University, but there's much more here to explore.

Corvallis, Oregon has plenty to offer, from great restaurants to plenty of things to do and see. Stay the night here, and get your start on Highway 34 first thing in the morning, so you can spend your day enjoying the drive and exploring. If you need a little help planning your trip, or finding things to do in town for the evening, give us a call at 800-334-8118. We'll be happy to help you out!

"Must-sees" in Corvallis

Reser Stadium - You haven't experienced loyal fans until you've cheered along with a sea of passionate Beavers rooting for their football team. Take in a game at Reser Stadium and just try not to get caught up in the experience.

Rose Garden in Avery Park - From April to the end of October, the Rose Garden in Avery Park is alive with a sea of vibrant color as more than 250 rose varieties bloom. The peak is in June, but the color really does run the entire season. Other amenities include picnic shelters, places for games such as horseshoe, croquet and volleyball with equipment rentals make it a popular stop. 

Do some wine tasting - You're right in the middle of Oregon wine country here, so no visit would be complete without sampling some of the creations. Most of the wineries are smaller, family-owned businesses, promising an intimate and memorable wine tasting experience.

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Philomath

Philomath, Oregon is an adorable and busy little town situated along Highway 34. Named for a college that was founded here back in 1867, this small town never grew like it's neighbor Corvallis. Still, it's a popular stop along the way to Marys Peak, as it's got much more to offer than one would expect.

"Must-Sees in Philomath"

Benton County Museum - The college that the town was named for is now the Benton County Historical Society. This beautiful brick building is home or artifacts, photographs and other fascinating historical pieces dating back centuries. 

It's not every day that you can see a shoe factory, but Soft Star Shoes opens their doors to tours. This company is distinctly Oregon, putting a minimalist spin on shoes. Take the tour and see the latest in footwear deveopment. (they give tours). 

Grab a bite at Eats & Treats Cafe or pop in to NutCakes for a sweet snack for the drive. Both the Nectar Creek and Marcotte Distilling are right in Philomath, too, so you may want to arrange a designated driver and do a bit of craft beverage tasting on the way.

Marys Peak

Beautiful Marys Peak is just a short drive out of Philomath, down HW34. Turn off on the Marys Peak Access Road and drive up to the parking lot near the top of the mountain. Be prepared for a twisty-turny drive as you wind your way upwards. At the parking lot you'll find access to meadows, a rustic bathroom, hiking and biking trails, amazing views and great picnicking spots. Now that you're here, what's next? We've got you.

"Must-Sees at Marys Peak" 

Make your way to Marys Peak Day Use Area. Bring your camera, because you're now at the highest point in the Oregon Coast range. From this vantage point you'll be able to see both the Pacific to the west and many of the highest peaks in Oregon's Cascade Range in the west. It's not everyday or everyone that can capture a view like that. 

Watch the birdy! You don't have to be avid fan of the avians to enjoy the bird watching along the Meadowridge Trail. The loop trail winds along meadows and forests alike, showcasing the varied diversity of the coastal range. Bonus tip: Spring and summer bring beautiful wildflower blooms in the meadows. 

Go camping - The Marys Peak Campground is located a short distance down the road from the Day Use area. The sites are nestled amidst the douglas and noble fir trees, along with the western red cedar. It's a peaceful way to spend a few days between May and September. 

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Alsea Falls

After taking in everything you can at Marys Peak, make your way south to Alease falls. The Alsea Falls Recreation Area is just a short jaunt off HW34, about 10 miles along South Fork Road. You can reach the falls via a relatively easy 4.7 mile loop. Alsea Falls is a lovely place for hiking, biking, splashing in the river, or having a picnic. The best part is, the hike also has another waterfall, Green Peak Falls. Bring your camera and tripod, the photo ops here are wonderful.  

Waldport

Once you've gotten your fill of the waterfalls, make your way to the coast where you'll find Waldport, a cute little coast town that butts right up to the Pacific Ocean. Waldport is a beautiful example of what happens when the coast meets the forest.  

"Must-sees in Waldport"

Be sure to stop by the Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center. This scenic bridge was part of the Oregon Department of Transportations program to rebuild bridges throughout the state. The Oregon Parks and Recreation department now does crabbing and clamming demonstrations during the summer here. Also keep an eye out for harbor seal pups here as well. 

Speaking of bridges, the Fisher School (Five Rivers) Covered Bridge is a nearby historic bridge that spans over Five Rivers, named for the five streams that come together to form the river.  

No trip to Waldport is complete without spending some time at the water. One popular site is just a couple miles south of Waldport, the Beachside State Recreation Site. There are literally miles of beach to explore there. It's also a popular campsite, with each site just seconds from the water's edge, meaning you get a front-row seat to all the sunsets or stormy skies the Pacific provides. 

Visit www.Waldport.org to find more to see and do while you're there. Plan a stay in Waldport, and extend your trip with another gorgeous drive: the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

Other Notable Stops Along the Way
The Thyme Garden

There's no shortage of gorgeous scenery along the drive to the coast, and there's a few other great places to stop, too. Keep an eye out for the Thyme Garden, a great little place to stop for a quick bit of shopping and a stroll through some gorgeous gardens. Clemens Park is another option that offers hiking, splashing in the river, bathrooms, and great spots to picnic. And don't miss the Hayden Covered Bridge, one of only seven remaining covered bridges in Oregon that were built before 1920.

If you're feeling like maybe there's just too much to see and do on this drive for one day, don't worry! Book a stay at Leaping Lamb Farm, enjoy a peaceful night in homey comfort, and stretch your adventure across two days.

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