Things to Do on the Oregon Coast

Things to Do on the Oregon Coast

If you plan on visiting Oregon, heading to the coast is a must. You can access the coast by a scenic hour and a half drive from Portland. Cruising the coast is the perfect road trip and there’s so many things you can do while enjoying being off-the-grid and unplugged.

Where to Stay on the Oregon Coast

Pictured: Oceanside, OR

Pictured: Oceanside, OR

Stretching over 300 miles, it’s almost impossible to see the coast in one day but you can start somewhere! The coast is full of small scenic towns that are worth visiting. Here are the best coastal towns to visit in Oregon from north to south:

Best Beaches on the Oregon Coast

Pictured: Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, OR

Pictured: Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, OR

Oregon holds some of the most breathtaking beaches in the Pacific Northwest. Foreign from your typical tropic beach destinations, the coastline’s hidden beaches hold a different kind of allure. The water is typically too cold to swim in (even in the summer!), striking mountains and lush forests collect along the seashore, and some beaches are sandy while others have no sand at all. Ultimately, the views are captivating and you don’t want to visit the coast without adding these spots to your itinerary:

Best Oregon Coast Views

Pictured: Cape Meares

Pictured: Cape Meares

The views on the coast are the most picturesque and impressive, making it one of the most scenic places in Oregon. If spending a day at the beach doesn’t suit you, you can opt for an outdoor trail leading to a gorgeous viewpoint. Here are the most scenic places on the Oregon coast:

Best Oregon Coast Hikes

Pictured: Cape Falcon

Pictured: Cape Falcon

Speaking from experience, the coastal forest is not for the weak. There are plenty easy hikes on the Oregon coast, but taking on the most challenging trails comes with the some brag-worthy views. From scaling a mountain to chasing a cape to get a picturesque peek at the Pacific, you can take your pick and burn some calories with these options:

Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast

Pictured: Cape Meares Lighthouse

Pictured: Cape Meares Lighthouse

Lighthouses hold an element of mystery as they lay abandoned and secluded, seemingly guarding the coastline. Catching one of these beautiful sights at sunrise or sundown is a must when visiting the coast. Visit a few of these lighthouses below:

Have you been to the Oregon Coast? What’s your favorite thing to do? Let me know in the comments below!

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