Cannon Beach is one of Oregon’s most popular vacation destinations, and there are plenty of great lodging options for those who wish to visit. These options include beach hotels and resorts, and there are also inns and motels to select from. Quality is something that the Cannon Beach hotels are known for on the whole, […]
Oregon and its Pacific Coast offer some of the most dramatic scenery in the United States. The 363-mile coast meanders from the border of Washington down to the California border. Along the way, state parks, national wildlife refuges, and city beaches preserve the pristine coastal scenery. In between Astoria and Brookings, the scenery varies from sand dunes, lush evergreen forests, and rock formations that look otherworldly. The wind and waves also set the Oregon coast apart—making it one of the best places for surfing and kite flying.
The 300-plus miles of the Oregon coast are home to some charming towns with long histories. Lewis and Clark finally arrived at the Pacific Coast on their journey through the western frontier. The famed explorers still loom large in many of the cities along the coast. In Seaside, a statue dedicated to duo and their dog is at the center of the wooden promenade. On summer weekends, living history interpreters gather along the beach to re-create the experience of the Corps of Discovery. Seaside’s wide, sandy beaches make them some of the top beaches in the entire state.
You’ll also have the chance to connect with maritime history in the towns along the Pacific Ocean. Astoria is home to an amazing museum that interprets this history; its also one of the oldest communities along the West Coast. In Coos Bay, people experience the bounty of the sea in its restaurants—talk about fresh seafood. Others visit the Oregon coast to see the lighthouses, romantic reminders of the past. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is close to Newport’s best shopping and a quick drive from Heceta Head, one of the most photographed locations along the West Coast.
The small towns along the coast offer all kind of accommodations, everything from campgrounds to luxury seaside resorts and hotels. And if you want to do a little driving, Portland is worth the extra time. The City of Roses is one of the most energetic and scenic cities in America. No matter where you roam in Oregon, you won’t be far from some of Mother Nature’s best work.
Harris Beach Oregon is home to a wide, sandy beach and tide pools perfect for beachcombing. Located in Brookings—the southernmost Oregon Coast community—this state park is a year-round delight, a perfect place to slip away from it all and discover a place of rugged beauty, crashing waves, and seemingly endless blue skies. Harris Beach State […]
Indian Beach Oregon, a part of Ecola State Park just north of the town of Cannon Beach, might best be known for its cinematic connections. Two popular movies—The Goonies and Point Break capture Indian Beach’s dramatic natural beauty on film. More than two decades after these films were made, people still come to see where the […]
Sunset Beach Oregon is located along the scenic Pacific coast—a part of Sunset State Recreation Area in Warrenton. This beach offers everything you’d expect for a stretch of beach, including sandy shores and sunny skies. But this beach also had a brush with history; it’s located at the trail head of the Fort-to-Sea route followed by Corps […]
Lincoln Beach Oregon, nestled along the central coast, separates a chic coastal city from the Pacific Ocean. This city of artisans takes beachcombing to a whole new level. In the later fall into the end of spring, city officials place handcrafted glass floats in the Pacific Ocean. This is an old tradition used by anglers […]
Bullards Beach, located along the southern Oregon coast, is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the seaside town of Bandon. With the Pacific to the west and forested hills to the other three directions, Bandon-by-the-Sea is a fitting home to one of the best Oregon beaches. Part of a state park, this pleasant beach is […]
Agate Beach Oregon takes its name from the translucent gemstones that wash up on the shore. Carved over time by the forces of the ocean, these shiny stones are prized by beachcombers. People also flock to Agate Beach State Park to search for razor clams—although the season for clams is much shorter than the agate […]
Astoria beaches are the northernmost beaches on the Oregon Coast. This fun, friendly town nestled where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean is home to some of the most amazing scenery along the West Coast—and the beaches are no exception. A long string of sandy beaches winds for miles along the Pacific, past rivers […]
Coos Bay beaches are so much more than sand and surf. This collection of beaches along the Oregon coast looks amazing in any season. This scenic wonderland of dunes, towering trees, and rolling waves is sure to inspire. Many of the beaches in Coos Bay Oregon are part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, […]
Lincoln City beaches are some of the most vibrant beaches on the Oregon Coast—a favorite of artists and outdoor adventurers. The beach may best be know as the place to find glass floats placed along by beach by local artists. Beachcombers, the lucky ones at least, who find one of these colorful pieces of glass […]