The Oregon Coast: Places to Explore


  • Astoria

    The mighty Columbia River meets the Pacific at Astoria, the oldest city west of the Rockies. It is named for John Jacob Astor, owner of the Pacific Fur Company, whose members arrived in 1811 and established... Read more

  • Bandon

    Referred to by some who cherish its romantic lure as Bandon-by-the-Sea, Bandon is both a harbor town and a popular vacation spot, famous for its cranberry products, its cheese factory, and its artists'... Read more

  • Bay Area: Coos Bay and North Bend

    The Coos Bay-Charleston-North Bend metropolitan area, collectively known as the Bay Area (population 25,000), is the gateway to rewarding recreational experiences. The town of Coos Bay lies next to the... Read more

  • Cannon Beach

    Cannon Beach is a mellow, trendy place to enjoy art, wine, and fine dining, and to take in the sea air. Shops and galleries selling surfing gear, upscale clothing, local art, wine, coffee, and food line... Read more

  • Depoe Bay

    Depoe Bay calls itself the whale-watching capital of the world. The small town was founded in the 1920s and named in honor of Charles DePoe of the Siletz tribe, who was named for his employment at a U.S... Read more

  • Florence

    Tourists and retirees have been flocking to Florence in ever-greater numbers in recent years. Its restored waterfront Old Town has restaurants, antiques stores, fish markets, and other diversions, but... Read more

  • Gleneden Beach

    Gleneden Beach is primarily a resort town with Salishan, its most famous property, perching high above placid Siletz Bay. This expensive collection of guest rooms, vacation homes, condominiums, restaurants... Read more

  • Gold Beach

    The fabled Rogue River is one of the few U.S. rivers to merit Wild and Scenic status from the federal government. From spring to late fall an estimated 50,000 visitors descend on the town to take one of... Read more

  • Lincoln City

    Lincoln City is a captivating destination for families and lovers who want to share some time laughing on the beach, poking their fingers in tide pools, and trying to harness wind-bucking kites. Once a... Read more

  • Manzanita

    Manzanita is a secluded seaside community with only a few more than 500 full-time residents. It's on a sandy peninsula peppered with tufts of grass on the northwestern side of Nehalem Bay, a popular windsurfing... Read more

  • Newport

    Called the Dungeness crab capital of the world, Newport offers accessible beaches, a nationally renowned aquarium, a lively performing-arts center, and a local laid-back attitude. Newport exists on two... Read more

  • Pacific City

    There's a lot to like about Pacific City, mostly that it's 3 miles off of Oregon's busy coastal Highway 101. That means fewer sputtering recreation vehicles or squeaking truck brakes breaking up the serenity... Read more

  • Port Orford

    The westernmost incorporated city in the contiguous United States, Port Orford is surrounded by forests, rivers, lakes, and beaches. The jetty at Port Orford offers little protection from storms, so every... Read more

  • Reedsport

    The small town of Reedsport owes its existence to the Umpqua River, one of the state's great steelhead-fishing streams. Hikers will enjoy the picturesque, quiet hiking trails that wander through the forest... Read more

  • Tillamook

    More than 100 inches of annual rainfall and the confluence of three rivers contribute to the lush green pastures around Tillamook, probably best known for its thriving dairy industry and cheese factory... Read more

  • Toledo

    Once a rustic mill town, Toledo has reinvented itself as an enclave for painters, artisans, antiques, and the most amazing barbecue this side of Missouri. Landscape artists Ivan Kelly and Michael Gibbons... Read more

  • Waldport

    Waldport attracts many retirees and settlers seeking an alternative to the expensive beach resorts nearby. It has a memorable bed-and-breakfast, a charming golf course, and an amazing old-growth forest... Read more

  • Yachats

    The small town of Yachats (pronounced "yah-hots") is at the mouth of the Yachats River, and from its rocky shoreline, which includes the highest point on the Oregon coast, trails lead to beaches and dozens... Read more