Yachats is a laid-back oceanside village set beneath the Cascade Mountains. Waves pound the rugged black basalt shoreline and create a dramatic coastal landscape. Explore the lively downtown district, hike through old-growth forests and go whale watching at state parks and scenic areas.
Things to do in Yachats
Downtown Yachats occupies just a few blocks but has plenty of charm. Dine at farm-to-table cafes, browse at independent galleries and shop for unique souvenirs. Pick up everything from hand-poured candles to rocks, fossils and gemstones at locally owned stores. There are several breweries and tasting rooms, plus some excellent seafood restaurants.
Enjoy spectacular views from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. The cape juts into the Pacific Ocean and protects a unique landscape of rocky coastline and temperate rainforest. Hiking trails wind along the cape and take you to coastal landmarks like the Spouting Horn geyser, Devil’s Churn whirlpool and Thor's Well chasm.
Yachats State Park overlooks the river mouth and features a rocky basalt shoreline. Low tide reveals crystalline pools filled with anemones, sea stars and hermit crabs. The wooden viewing platform is a great place to spot whales migrating along the coast. Find more tidepools in the Smelt & Sands State Recreation Site. It’s a great place to hunt for gemstones and watch the fiery Pacific Northwest sunsets.
From shady forest hikes to scenic coastal trails, there’s something for everyone in Yachats. Amanda’s Trail stretches from Yachats to Cape Perpetua and promises breathtaking ocean views. Follow the Ya’Xaik Trail into Siuslaw National Forest and walk beneath towering cedar, fir and Sitka spruce trees.
Getting around Yachats
Yachats is compact and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Yachats and explore surrounding sights and attractions at your own pace. The village is in Lincoln County, a two-hour drive from Eugene and three hours from Portland. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is a 5.5-hour drive away.