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These things make the Oregon Coast special

The Coquille River Lighthouse near Bandon, Ore., dates back to 1895. (John Nelson)
The Coquille River Lighthouse near Bandon, Ore., dates back to 1895. (John Nelson)

There’s a whole lot to love about the Oregon Coast. Here are some of our favorite things, in no particular order.

  • The Yachats Farmers Market, especially the mushroom vendors.
  • Luna Sea Fish House in Yachats, where they catch some of the seafood they sell. 
  • Funky food co-ops in Coos Bay, Astoria and Newport. 
  • Exceptional state park campgrounds at Harris Beach, Sunset Bay, South Beach, Newhalem and Fort Stevens. Beachside near Waldport is our absolute fave, but it’s really popular and we couldn’t get in on this trip.
  • The dunes at Newport Beach and South Beach.
  • Those old-school cool lighthouses at Cape Meares, Coquille River, Heceta Head, Yaquina and Umpqua. 
  • Waves crashing into the Devil’s Churn.
  • Wandering the headlands on the Oregon Coast Trail near Brookings.
  • Those incredible sculptures created from recovered plastic by Washed Ashore in Bandon by the Sea. 
  • Face Rock Creamery, where cheese curds are free with a qualifying purchase.
  • The wild, almost always empty beach at Cape Blanco.
  • Whale watching out of Depoe Bay.
  • The walk-in tent sites at Carl Washburne State Park.
  • Camping right above the waves at Sea Perch RV Resort south of Yachats.
  • Hiking the remote beaches at Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach.
  • Watching the gray whale migration from dozens of high headlands.
  • Bicycling along U.S. 101, while busy, is mostly safe with wide shoulders and remarkable views.

Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.