The Oregon Coast is the region in Oregon located along the Pacific Ocean. Due to its scenery, wildlife, and history, the Oregon Coast is a popular travel destination. Hiking, sport fishing, cycling, kite flying, scuba diving, surfing, sandboarding, and boating are common activities for visitors to the region. Historic areas, such as Fort Clatsop, Battle Rock, and Oregon's lighthouses are all popular sites for visitors. The Oregon Coast is also known for its scenic areas, such as Cape Perpetua, Cape Blanco and Cape Arago.
- Lewis and Clark National Historical Park - made up of 12 park sites located on a 40-mile stretch of the Pacific coast from Long Beach, WA to Cannon Beach, OR. Visit the sites in any order you wish. An excellent starting point is Fort Clatsop or the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment.
- 1 Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - Formed by the ancient forces of wind, water and time, these dunes are like no others in the world. This is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
The Oregon Coast appears to be pristine but is actually one of the most intensively logged areas on Earth, and the impact of the timber industry on the coastal ecology is enormous. Hidden from view to the casual traveler, the landscape just beyond the coastal highway is radically different than the impression one gets from driving up and down the coast. The entire coast was once covered by enormous ancient rain forests, almost all of which have been logged several times over and replaced by industrial tree farms.
U.S. Highway 101 runs along the Oregon Coast from Astoria in the north (on the border with Washington) to Brookings in the south (on the California border). The highway offers views of Pacific Ocean, making it one of the most scenic drives in the country, and runs through the heart of many coastal cities. However, from Florence to Bandon, the highway is slightly inland because of the vast Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
The highway is connected to Interstate 5 by many highways that run along rivers, such as the Umpqua (Highway 38). Typically it takes one to two hours to reach I-5 from the coast.
The only commercial airport on the coast lies in North Bend. The airport is serviced with daily flights to and from Portland International Airport via Horizon Air. You can drive from the airport in Portland to the coast via Highway 26 and Highway 6 in about couple hours. Flying into Portland is usually more economical than flying into North Bend.
A car is the best way to get around the Oregon Coast. U.S. Highway 101 often serves as the main drag in most of the coastal cities. Many businesses have built along 101 in an effort to attract tourists passing by. During the summer season, make sure you are not in a big hurry. It was once named No. 1 for tourist congestion, beating out the popular Cape Cod.
Greyhound no longer serves the coast, but many towns are serviced by local bus lines such as Porter Stage Coach.
Here are just a few attractions that you need to check out on your visit to the Oregon Coast:
- Cummins Creek Wilderness Area in Yachats
- Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport
- Yaquina Bay Light House in Newport
- Yaquina Head Light House And Outstanding Natural Area in Newport
- Sea Lion Caves (Between Yachats and Florence on Hwy 101)
- Sand Dunes in Florence
- Tillamook Cheese Factory Tillamook
- Tillamook Aviation Museum. Tillamook
- Chinook Winds Casino Lincoln City
- Newport Bayfront Newport
- Bandon Safari Zoo Bandon
- Rogue Brewery Newport
- Jerry's Rogue River Mailboat Rides Gold Beach
- Far West ATV & Dune Buggy Rentals Between Reedsport & North Bend
- Cleowox Lake Kayak and Paddle Boat Rentals + Public Swimming and Picnicing Area South of Florence
- Putt n' Bat Miniature Gold and Batting Cages Lincoln City
- Ripley's Believe It or Not and The Wax Works Museum Newport
- Walk the 804 Trail Yachats, Oregon (also known as the Yachats Smelt Trail). Enjoy the rugged coastline and the beautiful flora of this part of Oregon.
- Go and Kayak Tillamook County's flat-water and estuaries.
As the economy of the Oregon Coast is largely driven by tourism, most small communities have at least one hotel, while popular destinations (Seaside, Lincoln City, Newport) have dozens from which one can choose. When summer heat waves strike the Willammette Valley, however, it is entirely possible for all - very literally all - hotels on the US Highway 101 corridor to be filled to capacity. Make sure you have a place to stay before setting out if temperatures exceed 90°F (32°C) in the Portland, Salem or Eugene areas.
Oregon State Parks operates numerous parks with camping options, as do the parks departments of many counties located on the Oregon Coast. Note that these campsites are likely to be filled to capacity in the summertime months; this is especially true for all sites within easy access of the Willammette Valley. As with hotels, always rely on a reservation and never on luck.
- Sada's Japanese in Newport
- Georgie's In Newport
- Mo's In Newport
- Quimby's (Fine Cuisine) In Newport
- Saffron Salmon (Fancy Seafood) In Newport
- Yuzen (Japanese) Seal Rock
- Kyllos Lincoln City
- Jasmine's Thai Lincoln City
- Thai Talay Thai Florence
- Tidal Raves Fancy Seafood Depoe Bay
- April's (Fine cuisine Newport
- DuneBugs ATV Rentals, 68752 Hauser Depot Rd North Bend Ore 97549 (4 miles north od Coos Bay/Northbend), ☏ . 9AM-5PM. ATV rentals, sandboard rentals, enclosed polaris rzr seat 2-5, kids ride free, free sandboard use with rentals. Open 7 days a week all year. $35/hr.
- Bier One Newport Excellent atmosphere and great beers on tap as well as for sale in bottles. Also have a lot of knowledge and supplies for home brewing. Foosball tournaments once a month that are a ton of fun.
- Appolo's Newport
- Rogue Public House Newport If you can make it to Newport, check out the Rogue Brewery. Great beer, but you'd better not be expecting any Coors Light or Domestics.
- Chinook Winds Casino Lincoln City
- Shilo Inn Newport, Lincoln City, and Florence
- Georgie's Newport
Earthquakes and tsunamis are highly uncommon, but possible along the Oregon Coast. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is located only miles off the coast. There is an excellent tsunami warning network along the Oregon Coast, but due to the close proximity where earthquakes can occur, scientists may be unable to provide much warning for a tsunami. Should you feel strong, violent shaking, seek higher ground immediately.
Far from the warm, calm beaches of Southern California or Florida, the Pacific Coast in Oregon is cold and turbulent - even in the summer. Take necessary thermal precautions and be sure of your skills and abilities before entering the water.
Signs are posted all along the coast directing you to tsunami evacuation areas.