Road to the Washington Coast

Ocean shores creek

What a sight to see! The great Columbia river bridge from Astoria, OR  to the coast of Washington State. This bridge is massive! It is a 4.1 mile bridge crossing the Columbia river near the mouth of the Pacific Ocean. Oh yeah! Did I mention it is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America? Our 31 foot Motorhome Thor pulling the little smart car did magnificent with these cross winds!

Bridge from Astoria Or across the Columbia River
Bridge from Astoria Or across the Columbia River

So, as you cross the bridge into Washington state there is a crossroad… turn left to go to the long beach peninsula or right for a direct route inland through some tiny logging towns on your way through Aberdeen and Hoquiam directly to Ocean Shores! Ahhh…the beach once again!

Ocean Shores footprints
Ocean Shores footprints

I know this is crazy…but I absolutely love how you can drive on the beach on the west coast!

Smart at the Beach Ocean Shores
Smart at the Beach Ocean Shores

We are thousand trails members, so we stayed a few miles north of Ocean Shores at the Oceana campground.  While this campground does have location in it’s favor…not exactly scenic or wooded or even private! It is basically a gravel parking lot with hookups.  The ranger and staff do a great job making sure everything is clean and in working order. Scenery is not it strong point.  Make sure to take this into account if that bothers you. Check out the history of Ocean Shores, WA Ocean Shores, WA history

Ocean Shores beach
Ocean Shores beach
Ocean shores creek
Ocean shores creek
Ocean Shores Draft Beer Soap
Ocean Shores Draft Beer Soap

Right on the main drag in Ocean Shores was an absolute delight.  A little handcrafted soap shop called Ocean Shores Soapworks.  I was given a very thorough tour of the shop by it’s owner and decided on a manly draft beer scent for the hubby.  (It smells nothing like beer, by the way, just more manly smelling than most soaps geared toward the ladies). Let’s be honest – Since you could imagine how the inside of an RV could smell after a while, I also purchased a room deodorizer in a champagne scent…all natural essential oils… fabulous!  Visit them here ocean shores soapworks or on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/OceanShoresSoapworks. So here is the other crazy tip…there is really good Asian food in Ocean Shores for a small town…it is our favorite place to go when we’re there.  Viet Hoa restaurant is super tasty… oh no… now I am getting hungry!

Ocean City landscape near beach
Ocean City landscape near beach

-Mara

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