The Oregon Coast

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  • 1. Astoria Column

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    For the best view of the city, the Coast Range, volcanic Mt. Helens, and the Pacific Ocean, scamper up the 164 spiral stairs to the top of the...Read More

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  • 2. Cape Lookout State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Located about 8 miles south of the beach town Netarts, this park includes a moderately easy (though often muddy) 2-mile trail—marked on the...Read More

  • 3. Columbia River Maritime Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    One of Oregon's best coastal attractions illuminates the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest and provides visitors with a sense of the...Read More

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  • 4. Haystack Rock

    Geological Site

    Towering over the broad, sandy beach is a gorgeous, 235-foot-high dome that is one of the most photographed natural wonders on the Oregon Coast...Read More

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  • 5. Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Each of the colossal rocks jutting from the ocean between Bandon and Brookings is protected as part of this 19-acre refuge, in total comprising...Read More

  • 6. Yaquina Head Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The tallest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast has been blinking its beacon since its head keeper first walked up its 114 steps to light the wicks...Read More

  • 7. Cape Arago Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    On a rock island just offshore from Charleston near Sunset Bay State Park, this lighthouse has had several iterations; the first lighthouse...Read More

  • 8. Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

    Beach–Sight

    Huge waves pound the jagged sandstone cliffs and caves here, and the much-photographed, 327-foot-high Haystack Rock (not to be confused with...Read More

  • 9. Cape Meares State Park

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    On the northern tip of the Three Capes Loop is Cape Meares State Park. The restored Cape Meares Lighthouse, built in 1890 and open to the...Read More

  • 10. Charleston Marina Complex

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    At this bustling marina 8 miles west of Coos Bay, there's a launch ramp, a store with tackle and marine supplies, an RV park, a motel, restaurants...Read More

  • 11. Coos History Museum & Maritime Collection

    Museum/Gallery

    This modern 11,000-square-foot museum with expansive views of the Coos Bay waterfront contains an exhaustive collection of memorabilia related...Read More

  • 12. Fort Stevens State Park

    Military Site

    This earthen fort at Oregon's northwestern tip was built during the Civil War to guard the Columbia River against attack. None came until World...Read More

  • 13. Hanthorn Cannery Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Drive or walk over the rickety-seeming (but actually completely sturdy) bridge onto historic Pier 39, which juts out into the Columbia River...Read More

  • 14. South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The 5,000-acre reserve's fragile ecosystem supports everything from algae to bald eagles and black bears. More than 300 species of birds have...Read More

  • 15. Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The state's oldest wooden lighthouse was only in commission for three years (1871–74), because it was determined that it was built in the wrong...Read More

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