Bring your kite, your hang glider, your surf board or just your camera to Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. (Photo credit: Chantal Anderson)

Here in Oregon we don’t call the beach the beach; we call it the Coast. And our coast is lined with hiking trails, lighthouses and some of the best golf courses in the world. But of all the wonderful things about our Coast, the best is that all 363 miles are free and open for all of us. That’s why the Oregon Coast is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Here are some spots you don’t want to miss when you see it for yourself:

Oswald West State Park: Just south of Cannon Beach, this park is home to amazing hikes through old-growth forests and Short Sands Beach, one of the Coast’s most popular surfing spots. Don’t miss Smugglers Cove, which, legend has it, still hides buried treasure.

Cape Kiwanda: Bring your kite, your hang glider, your surf board or just your camera to Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Part of the Three Capes Scenic Route, it’s worth the climb for the views from the top of the dune.

Lincoln City Skate Park: The same team that built the famed skate parks in Portland also made the impressive parks you’ll find on the central Oregon Coast.

Cape Blanco: On the Southern Oregon Coast, Cape Blanco holds bragging rights for being the westernmost point in the state. Stop for the view and to see Cape Blanco Lighthouse, or explore the trails that begin at Cape Blanco State Park.

Bandon Dunes: The town of Bandon is home to some of the best public golf courses in America as well as a working port, cranberry bogs and fishing.

about author Emily Forsha

Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s Content & Community Manager. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two young boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.

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  1. Lee Lewis says…

    I’ve followed many articles about Oregon and what it offers to people like me who visit there (I’m from Central California). The descriptions, your writers, and the photography combine to make your website above almost any other of its kind. Thank you!

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  2. Rex McNeill says…

    the southern Oregon coast has much to offer, Gold beach is so nice, has a lot of hidden place to discover

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