Explore the most dramatic part of a dazzling Oregon shoreline. There are few rivals to equal the Florence to Cape Perpetua segment of this National Scenic Byway for sheer variety and intensity of striking vistas. Just a little over an hour from Eugene, the distinctive Oregon Coast is hugged by iconic Highway 101.
Oregon’s shores harbor the world’s largest sea lion cave, and less than a mile away you will find yourself at red-crowned, century-old Heceta Head Lighthouse. Whale watching is easy sport from this vantage point, with winter and spring migration prime for sightings.
Favorite coastal activities include thrilling dune buggy rides and sand-boarding at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a vast swath of burnished sand that extends for 5 miles inland from the white-capped Pacific Ocean and 42 miles south from Florence’s historic seaside “Old Town.Â Here salt-water taffy, shopping, and waterfront dining are all top-notch and part of the fun.
A choice of classic linksÂ golf experiences is yours to be had, as is an afternoon spent discovering diverse birding and marine habitat best explored perched atop your kayak. When evening arrives, watch the tide roll in or roll the dice at Three Rivers Casino gaming tables. A moonlit amble on the beach is an essential element of every Oregon Coast pilgrimage, where paradise is yours with every salt-filled breeze.
This season, find yourself in Lane County, Oregon for steelhead fishing on the McKenzie River, brilliant fall foliage tours across the region, and Division I intercollegiate sports at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Fall into Lane County before the season is over!
Oregon Bounty is in full swing during October and November. Don’t miss these two months of culinary adventure celebrating the abundant harvest of our great state. Fall is also known as the Oregon Coast’s second season, so come and kayak our many coastal lakes and waterways or try your hand at mastering the sand dunes on a smooth sandboard or a fast dune buggy.
Oregon Coast towns: Astoria, Bandon, Brookings-Harbor, Cannon Beach, Coos Bay, Depoe Bay, Florence, Garibaldi, Gearhart ,Gold Beach, Lincoln City, Manzanita, Nehalem, Newport North, Bend, Pacific City, Port Orford, Reedsport, Rockaway ,Beach Seaside, Tillamook, Toledo, Waldport, Warrenton, Wheeler, Winchester Bay, Yachats