7 Wonders of Oregon: The Oregon Coast

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… More
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Oregon Coast

Thanks to the pioneering Oregon Beach Bill, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, the public can freely access every sandy inch of beach on the Oregon Coast.

It’s a little hard to imagine it now, as you drive along U.S. 101 — climbing over massive headlands and zipping by vast stretches of pristine beach — but this road known officially as the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway didn’t exist prior to the 1930s. Many of the beautifully maintained state parks, historic lighthouses, soaring sand dunes and bustling harbors along this 363-mile highway would have been difficult (if impossible) to reach by car just a few generations ago. Today Oregon’s impossibly beautiful Pacific shoreline remains relatively unspoiled by development.

Trip Ideas

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  • A Year of North Coast Adventures
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  • A Local’s Guide to the Oregon Dunes
    To see where the dunes came from, just look inland: They’re essentially ground-up pieces of the Oregon Coast Range, worn away by time and weather and washed downstream to the ocean. Tides, currents, waves and... More

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Where can we go whale watching?

You can spot whales nearly year-round on the Oregon Coast. Gray Whales migrate along the Oregon Coast twice a year, once in spring as they are headed north and in winter when headed south. There are about 200 whales that only migrate as far north as Oregon and can be seen nearly year-round until they…

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