Just wanted to mention a couple of good, and free resources we have been using on our coastal trip, in addition to some of our travel books and maps:
Mile-By-Mile Guide. This guide is published annually by Oregon Coast magazine. It provides short descriptions of communities, state parks and recreational areas, lighthouses, bridges and other interesting points, listed by milepost numbers. Most every mile on Highway 101 is numbered with road sign posts, so the publication is quite easy to follow, and we have found it accurate in nearly every instance. We picked up a printed copy at some visitor center or restaurant, but a complete digital version is available at www.oregoncoastmagazine.com. This website may also be helpful in planning a trip to the Oregon coast.
101 Things To Do, Western Oregon & The Coast Though not as thorough as the Milepost publication, the entries in this magazine are more descriptive, and highlight many interesting activities and opportunities. It can be found at www.101things.com/west oregon.