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“Beautiful scenery, something for everyone”
Review of Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast
Ranked #411 of 2,263 things to do in Oregon
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Owner description: Use Highway 101, which clings to the ocean for most of the journey or occasionally venture off onto the smaller roads that wind through thick forests, up mountain passes and along seaside cliffs.
Reviewed 17 October 2013

We are blessed to have lived on the Oregon Coast for 25 years and have driven north and south along it countless times. Just about everywhere we go the scenery is beautiful and a gorgeous sunset puts the crowning touch on the day!

Rather than repeat many of the statements in other reviews, I'll offer some general comments:

The "tourist season" now lasts most of the year, from late March through to late October. Summer is the busiest time of the year to visit. Spring can be quite rainy, summer is warm & pleasant, fall is often lovely, and winter is *very* rainy, wet, windy and cold. You won't find hot beaches here even in summer, so don't plan to "lay out and tan" . . . but we always enjoy strolling along the clean beaches. Most of them are uncrowded, except in the north.

The northern coast is the busiest section, then central, then the south. We enjoy all areas along the coast but particularly the south as the population is fewer and there is never any traffic. Summer traffic along the north coast can be very congested - Seaside, Lincoln City and Newport are the most congested towns.

We enjoy the attractions of nature along the coast and there are hundreds of places to enjoy views and access the beaches, rivers, creeks and forested areas.
--> However, please do respect private property!
There are lots of State Parks, most of which are free, and also some land owned by the Forest Service. If you like to hike, there are numerous places to do so. The largest coastal dunes in America are here on the Oregon coast.

What you won't find along the Oregon coast are amusement parks, condo complexes or big cities! Each town and area has it's own "personality" and there is a wide variation along the entire coast. You can find something for everyone here!

I think the most beautiful section of the coast is the southern section between the California state line and Port Orford. The northern section between Cannon Beach and Tillamook is really lovely and includes great views of Tillamook Bay from the highway. Then there is the central section between Waldport and Florence which is also quite scenic!

Note that Highway 101 does go inland here and there along the coast. Some of those inland stretches are fairly scenic and enjoyable, but some parts are -- quite honestly -- dull. (Seaside to Warrenton on the north coast is very dull, to me.) To make up for the dull parts, though, you can drive out on some of the promotories . . . Cape Arago and Cape Blanco are well worth the drive.

No question to me that the Oregon coast is a beautiful coastline :-)

10  Thank half-Brit
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint, just north of Carl G Washburne State Park, is an easy-access spot to wander on the beautiful steretch of beach on the central Oregon coast. Washburne day-use area is also just south of here and has restrooms, but access is just a bit easier at Ponsler. This piece of scenic beach stretches for about 5 miles and is located about 14 miles North of Florence and about 11 miles south of Yachats. Wonderful place to wander the beach looking for complete sand dollars!

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

My husband and i took a week to tour the coast line. We drove from Florence going north. The views are amazing! The dunes look like they would be great fun motoring around. We went to the Seal Cave twice, but the seal lions we not there. I was nice that they told us this so one would be disappointed. We did decide to go down anyway on the second visit. It was glassed in. It was somewhat interesting but if you go and they tell you the seals are not there I would suggest not to go as it is the seals that will make it worthwhile. Cannon Beach area was the best! The beach area went on forever. When the tide is out you are able to walk forever and it really wasn't crowed (we went 1st week of Aug) The Haystack Rocks are cool. Lots of birds of different kinds and in the tide pools there are star fish and other sea creatures. The pizza place in town is just a hole in the wall but excellent food and service! We will definently go back as we did not have enough time there. The traffice is crazy! Since we were travelling north bound, crossing the highway to see the sites fun (not) Sunsets were great if the sky wasn't overcast. Worth going!

2  Thank Katz119
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

My husband and I enjoyed the Oregon coastline as part of an 11 night motorcycle trip, traveling 5115 miles. Could spend weeks enjoying this beautiful area. Our key destination for our trip was the BMW international rally, which was held in Salem at the state fairgrounds site. Along the coastline, it was cloudy and cool. We were there in mid-July, 2013.

1  Thank Raydeen D
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

NJ folks here. Landed in Portland. Rented a car. Drove and stayed in Seaside for 3 days at the Gilbert Inn - nice place to stay buy not a B&B. While there explored north (Astoria) and a bit south. BEST ADVICE IF RENTING: go to Fred Myer (local store) - get a member card - save $$$ on gas!!! After Seaside for 3 days, south to Netarts (Tillamook) - at Cape Lookout B&B. Great place!! Toured surrounding area north and south for 3 days then south to Yachats - our favorite area, for 4 days at Wayside Lodge. Toured as far south as Florence and old Town. Weather was nice. Windy and cold, but we expected that for the most part. Never got above 70 degrees. We hiked, flew kites, fire on beach, blew glass, toured etc etc etc.
Surprisingly inexpensive if you avoid the obvious expensive restaurants. You MUST See the Oregon Coast!

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