Articles by Gary Hayes

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Where are the best places to see nature and the ocean while RV camping at the Coast?

My favorite campgrounds that put you close to the ocean and nature include Cape Lookout State Park on the North Oregon Coast, Beverly Beach on the Central Oregon Coast and Sunset Bay State Park on the South Oregon Coast. Cape Lookout, west of…

January 20th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What “characterful towns” can I visit up the Coast after detouring from Ashland?

I would recommend you start your coastal tour in Bandon, one of my favorite beaches and small towns on the Oregon Coast. However, the stretch of US 101 between Brookings and Port Orford is also a beautiful drive and passes through the scenic Samuel…

January 3rd, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Can you suggest a 2-day Oregon Coast itinerary beginning in Brookings?

The South Oregon Coast has many attractions that you could easily spend two days without traveling too far up the coast, depending on how long you want to linger and explore. DAY ONE: I would save a full day for Harris Beach State Park and the…

December 1st, 2015- Post Your Answer
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Explore Harris Beach State Park

November 6th, 2015

It’s famous for sandy beaches, scenic rock formations, colorful tide pools, outstanding bird watching and frequently…

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Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway

October 12th, 2015

Stunning ocean views, a historic lighthouse, Oregon’s most unique fishing port and river pools that glisten like gems…

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Where can we look for agates on the Coast?

Agates are found along many beaches on the Oregon Coast that are adjacent to cliffs and streams. In addition to finding…

October 10th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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What interesting tourist attractions are between Newport and Astoria?

There are many great attractions and scenic areas between Newport and Astoria. My must stops for any trip in the…

August 30th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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What is the weather at the Coast like in September?

Is is sunny or rainy on the Oregon Coast in September? Yes! In case my sense of humor does not translate, you should be…

July 29th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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Is Newport worth the trip from Yachats and Florence?

Newport has many great attractions that you might not want to miss. The historic bay front is uniquely interesting, a…

July 11th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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What’s an interesting route to Newport? My 9-year-old is a big fan of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

The Newport area is great for kids. In addition to Ripley’s, there is also Undersea Gardens and Wax Works wax…

June 14th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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About Author Gary Hayes

Gary Hayes is publisher of Coast Explorer Magazine and founder of Explorer Media Group, a travel media and marketing company based in Seaside. Gary is a native Oregonian whose earliest memories include working on his grandfather’s fishing boat on the Oregon Coast. Now living in Cannon Beach, Gary is an extensively published photographer and writer focusing on the Oregon Coast and the Northwest's food and wine culture. He also serves as Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards.

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