Late summer is the perfect time to enjoy both sun and sand at the majestic Oregon coast. Part of the joy is the journey, not just the destination, so click through our album to find six quick stops along the way, from Portland to the coast. They’ll alleviate your kids’ backseat boredom, fend off rumbling tummies and cure them of the worst case of the wiggles.

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Not only is the staff uber-friendly, but the grounds are lovely and the history of the family and their passion for rocks, minerals and gems is stellar. For the smaller geologists, they offer hands-on fun with a giant rock pile and, to top it off, each kiddo gets to choose a palm-sized rock to take home. For added glee, watch the short film about the discovery of the the giant red gem in the basement before you go see the gem itself.

26385 NW Groveland Dr.
Hillsboro, Or

Photo credit: Liz Overson

Where does your family take a break from the road trip? Tell us in the Comments section below!

– Liz Overson

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