The Oregon Coast truly epitomizes the finest in Pacific Northwest living. Thanks to its friendly seaside towns, outstanding fresh seafood, and cozy wine bars sprinkled among small hotels and resorts, visitors have the region's finest choices for sightseeing, dining, and lodging. But the true draw here is the beaches, where nature lovers will delight at their first site of a migrating whale or a
baby harbor seal sitting on a rock.
Oregon's coastline is open to all; not a grain of its 300 miles of white-sand beaches is privately owned. The coast's large and small communities are linked by U.S. Highway 101, which runs the length of the state. It winds past sea-tortured rocks, brooding headlands, hidden beaches, historic lighthouses, and tiny ports. This is one of the most picturesque driving routes in the country, and should not be missed. Embracing it is the vast, gunmetal-gray Pacific Ocean, which presents a range of moods with the seasons. On summer evenings it might be glassy and reflective of a romantic sunset. In winter the ocean might throw a thrilling tantrum for storm-watchers sitting snug and safe in a beachfront cabin.
Active visitors can indulge in thrills from racing up a sand dune in a buggy to making par at Bandon Dunes, one of the nation's finest golf experiences. Bicyclists can pedal along misty coastline vistas, cruising past historic lighthouses. Boaters can explore southern-coast rivers on jet boats, or shoot a rapid on a raft. If the weather turns, indoor venues such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium capture the imagination.
Shoppers will be equally engaged perusing fine-art galleries in Toledo, Newport, or Cannon Beach; for more quirky shopping fun, giggle in the souvenir shops of Lincoln City while eating fistfuls of caramel corn or chewing saltwater taffy.