Stretching for more than 350 miles along the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Coast winds down from the Columbia River to the border of California — offering some of the United States’s most beautiful coastal scenery. Multiple state parks along the way grant even closer encounters with local wildlife and natural landscapes. There are also plenty of small towns and villages located throughout, including lighthouses, ports, beaches, and communities ripe for exploration.
Much of the coast can be driven alongside the ocean, making it one of the most scenic driving routes in America. Seasonally, whale watching is a popular draw, as is golf, art, dining, wine, horseback riding, hiking, antique shopping, and visiting the sand dunes year-round. Many available activities allow for the area’s hidden beaches to be discovered, and a variety of unique plant and animal species can be spotted throughout.
The Oregon Coast is divided into three sub-regions: North, Central, and South Coast. Each has its own distinct history and culture. The largest city along the coast is Coos Bay. Beach access is free throughout.