Overseeing the protected Marine Garden shoreline, the Cape Perpetua Overlook Day Use Area is the highest viewpoint accessible by car along the Oregon Coast. The winding, tree shaded drive leads to an awe-inspiring overlook at 800 ft (244 m). On clear days, views from the overlook can extend far out to sea and along the coastline. There are three hiking trails that begin at the day use area, featuring the Whispering Spruce Trail that is wheel-chair accessible.
There is a $5 day use fee or a valid recreation pass is required. There is a vault toilet but no drinkable water at the overlook. Restrooms and water can be found at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, located at the bottom of Cape Perpetua Lookout Rd.