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, 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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    Michael H. Kew, Guest Author
  • Explore the People’s Coast
    Have you heard the tale of the People’s Coast? The tale of Oregon’s public shore; one of open beach access, abundant state parks, coastal adventures and more. More

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Tasty Detours at the Oregon Coast

Coastal Cuisine with Chef Aaron Bedard
Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast
“Merroir”: Oregon’s Distinct Oysters
Where to Eat on Oregon’s North Coast
Tasty Tour of Manzanita
Manzanita, Oregon Coast
Road Trip: Wild Rivers Coast Farm Tour
Explore the North Coast Food Trail

Outdoor Adventures

Great Hikes on the Wild Rivers Coast
Nine North Coast Adventures
Agate Hunting on the Oregon Coast
An Eye-Opening Hike to Cascade Head
Lincoln City, Oregon Coast
Fat Bike Oregon’s South Coast: Banana Belt Loop
Brookings, Oregon Coast
Why You’ll Love the Oregon Coast Trail
Depoe Bay, Oregon Coast
Dig for Dinner with Razor Clamming
Gearhart, Oregon Coast
A Local’s Guide to the Oregon Dunes
Reedsport, Oregon Coast

Family Fun

A Kid’s Guide to Oregon’s North Coast
Scenic Adventures with Oregon Coast Railriders
Tillamook, Oregon Coast
Family Fun on the Three Capes Scenic Loop
Pacific City, Oregon Coast
6 Little-Known Spots in Seaside
Visit the Charleston Marine Life Center
Charleston, Oregon Coast
Dune Riders
Florence, Oregon Coast
Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Brookings
Brookings, Oregon Coast
10 Things That Will Surprise You in Lincoln City
Lincoln City, Oregon Coast

Cities on the Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach
Pacific City
Lincoln City
Coos Bay

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Oregon Coast


Ask Oregon

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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