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Exploring The Coast Will Be An Adventure Of A Lifetime!

 How will you explore?

Exploring the Oregon Coast and Northern California Coast will be an adventure of a lifetime. The possibilities are endless. How will you Explore?

The 363 miles of spectacular public coastline in Oregon are free and open to everyone.  To rejuvenate, or experience thrills, you can choose how to Explore. The 100 mile stretch of Northern California coast including rugged trails and forest is called the Redwood Empire. The coastline from Oregon to Northern California is one of the most popular destinations in the world.

There are over a thousand hiking opportunities for every level. You can walk through forests on quiet level paths, over high cliffs, or stroll on pristine beaches. The choice is yours.

The awe and wonder of America's largest sea cave in Florence remains a memorable family experience.  Riding the Sky Trail Gondola through the Redwoods is breathtaking.  Visiting the lighthouses and golf courses remains top of the list for travelers. Agate hunting is the ultimate way to explore the beaches and all the washed up petrified wood.  Looking out to the vast ocean is healing and rejuvenating.

Highway 101 is your road to Explore the expanses of beach, nature, and the charming distinctive cities along the coast.

The possibilities are endless.  How will you Explore?

North Coast, Oregon Exploring Recommendations:


Astoria Column
Astoria Column

503-325-2963
2199 Coxcomb Drive
Astoria, OR 97103
http://www.astoriacolumn.org/

In a wooded park and towering above Astoria, Oregon’s highest hill, the Astoria Column presents a spectacular view of the city and surrounding rivers, bay, forest, mountains and Pacific Ocean. The first words of most visitors are, “Oh, Wow!” The Astoria Column commemorates the westward sweep of discovery and migration. Built in 1926, it is 125 feet high and has 164 steps winding to the top


Astoria-Megler Bridge
Astoria-Megler Bridge

Across the Mouth of the Columbia
Astoria, OR 97103
http://columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/astoria_megler_bridge.html

The Astoria-Megler Bridge, which was formally dedicated August 27, 1966, stretches 4.1 miles from Astoria, Oregon, across the mouth of the Columbia River, to Point Ellice, Washington. Its construction was an impressive feat. The bridge’s main span is 1,232 feet in length, the longest “continuous truss” in the nation.


Cannon Beach History Center & Museum
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

503-436-9301
1387 South Spruce Street
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
http://www.cbhistory.org/

Our goal is to preserve the history of Cannon Beach by seeking, collecting, and protecting historical artifacts and memorabilia of all kinds, by recording oral histories, and by making these materials available to the public whenever possible.


Cape Meares Lighthouse
Cape Meares Lighthouse

503-842-3182
http://www.capemeareslighthouse.org/

10 miles west of Tillamook and U.S. Hwy 101 this lighthouse stands 217 feet above the ocean and at 38-foot it is the shortest on the Oregon coast. Located near Three Capes Scenic Loop, Cape Meares was constructed in 1888. Visitors can take various trails to reach the lighthouse, as well as viewing areas with Stellar Sea Lions and various seabirds.


Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

800-551-6949
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_181.php

A must-see stop when driving the Three Capes Scenic route, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland 200 feet above the ocean. Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda are the other two capes on this route. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the large colonies of nesting seabirds. Bald eagles and a peregrine falcon have also been known to nest near here.


Columbia River Maritime Museum
Columbia River Maritime Museum

(503) 325-2323
1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103
http://www.crmm.org

The Museum specializes in maritime artifacts from the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest with a collection that has grown to more than 30,000 objects, 20,000 photographs, and a 10,000-volume research library - making it one of the foremost repositories of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the country. Rotating exhibits and programs geard for adults and children. 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103. (503) 325-2323.


Del Rey Beach State Recreation Site
Del Rey Beach State Recreation Site

(503) 861-3170
4500 Fairway Dr S
Gearhart, OR 97146
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_177.php

No fees, and just 2 miles north of Gearhart, where the ocean is a short walk from the parking area. Offering picnicking and beach activities including walking on the beach, beach fishing, biking and kite flying. A horseback riding concessionaire is active in the park with beach rides available. 


Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

503-436-2844
84318 Ecola State Park Rd
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_188.php

Part of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Park, Clark designated the native word, "ikoli" meaning "whale". Situated about two miles north of downtown Cannon Beach, its hiking trails afford breathtaking views of the dramatic Ocean coastline including excellent views of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.


Flavel House Museum
Flavel House Museum

(503) 325-2203
441 8th St
Astoria, OR 97103
http://www.cumtux.org/default.asp?pageid=35&deptid=1

A historic 1885 Queen Anne Style Victorian Home and period furnishings enable visitors to imagine life at the turn of the last century, with hipped roof, balconies, verandas and three-story tower,all restored to original form. 


Fort Clatsop National Park
Fort Clatsop National Park

(503) 861-2471
92343 Fort Clatsop Rd
Astoria, OR 97103
http://www.nps.gov/lewi/index.htm

See a replica of Fort Clatsop, with an interpretive center offering an exhibit hall, gift shop and two educational films. The center features ranger-led programs, costumed rangers in the fort and trailheads for the Fort To Sea Trail and Netul River Trail and a picnic area.


Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens State Park

(503) 861-1671
100 Peter Iredale Rd, Hammond
Warrenton, OR 97121
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_179.php

4,200 acres, offering exploration of history, nature, camping, beachcombing, wildlife viewing (among other recreational opportunities), plus an historic shipwreck and vintage military facility make Fort Stevens a uniquely diversified place. Nine miles of bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails allow you to explore the park through forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pines.


Garibaldi Museum
Garibaldi Museum

503-322-8411
112 Garibaldi Avenue
Garibaldi, OR 97118
http://garibaldimuseum.org/

The museum preserves the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest by collecting information concerning Captain Robert Gray and his historical vessels, the Lady Washington and the Columbia Rediviva. The museum displays the 18th century sailing world by telling the story of Captain Robert Gray and the trade with native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Among the museum displays are models of the Columbia and Lady Washington, an eight foot tall reproduction of the Columbia's figurehead, a half model of the Columbia showing how the ship was provisioned for the long voyage, as well as reproductions of the clothing of the seafarers and musical instruments.


Goonies
Goonies

503-325-6311
732 Duane Street
Astoria, OR 97103
http://love-and-adventure.com/goonies-tour-of-astoria-or/

The Goonies is a favorite movie from the 80s and many of its scenes were filmed in and around Astoria. We see many fans of the film visiting our community each week, some making the journey just to see the “goondocks” themselves and others adding it on to a trip to the Northwest or Astoria.


Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock

487 S. Hemlock St.
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
http://www.cannon-beach.net/cbhaystack.html

Haystack Rock, one of the most photographed landmarks on the Oregon coast, Towers 235 ft. above the sand. At low tide, pools around the base of the rock teem with marine life. The abundance of bird and marine species living on it resulted in Haystack Rock being designated a National Wildlife Refuge and Marine Garden in 1990. Visitors should heed the signs to not climb on the rock, or disturb any of the creatures found within 300 yards.


Heritage Museum
Heritage Museum

503-325-2203
16th and Exchange
Astoria, OR 97103
http://www.cumtux.org

Features permanent exhibits interpreting Clatsop County’s history, including natural history, geology, Native American artifacts, early immigrants and settlers of the region, and important nautical events. The building contains over 10,000 cataloged historic photographs


Hiking!
Hiking!

Marine Drive
Wheeler, OR 97147
http://ci.wheeler.or.us/?page_id=250

An excellent selection of hiking trails through tall trees, along creeks and with stunning coastal views. Pacific Coast trail, Trail to the top of Neahkahnie mountain, Trails through Oswald West State Park to Short Sands beach, Continuing along the coastline to Falcon Cove (Cape Falcon Trail). Along miles of beach through Nehalem State Park and to the beach village of Manzanita. Trails at Nehalem Point.


Manzanita Bikes & Boards
Manzanita Bikes & Boards

503-368-3337
170 Laneda Avenue
Manzanita, OR 97130
https://plus.google.com/110217300620341062336/about?gl=us&hl=en

The focus of our business is fun cycle rentals and bike rentals. We have a retail store with boogie boards, skim boards and bike related items, beach toys, kites, and other miscellaneous merchandise. We sell foot wear and head wear, sunglasses, and watches. Our rentals can be rented by the hour, day or week to fit into your vacation plans.ber services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one.


Nehalem Bay State Park
Nehalem Bay State Park

800-452-5687
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_201.php

$5 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $30 or a 24-month permit for $50. These 1- and 2-year permits are good at all state park day-use areas. 265 electrical sites (maximum site 60 feet); 18 yurts (two yurts are now pet friendly to dogs and cats); horse camp (17 sites with corrals); hiker/biker camp; fly-in camp adjacent to airstrip.


Nehalem Bay Winery
Nehalem Bay Winery

503-368-9463
34965 Highway 53
Nehalem, OR 97131
http://www.nehalembaywinery.com/

Celebrating over 35 years of great wine and great fun for the Whole Family! A beautiful, historic winery nestled in a lush, green valley on Highway 53 one mile off Highway 101 on the Northern Oregon Coast. Visitors can sit at picnic tables looking out across the dairy farms to the Coast Range and Onion Peak. Nearby boutiques, antique shops, fine dining and forested state parks.


Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

855-842-7972
http://www.ocsr.net

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is a non-profit museum group that runs antique steam trains between Garibaldi and Wheeler during the tourist season. The goal has been to keep these pieces of history available for the public to learn from and to appreciate. Daytime excursions from Rockaway leave at 1 p.m. on weekends from June through September. Coast excursions are 90-minute round trips. Dinner trains are a three hour round-trip from Garibaldi to Wheeler with views of Tillamook Bay, the Pacific Ocean and Nehalem Bay. The menu varies from trip to trip, so check out the OCSR website for details.


Oswald West State Park
Oswald West State Park

800-452-5687
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=142

Situated among a sea of shore pines, the campground borders rolling dunes that separate the campground from the beach.  A walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach building sand castles, flying a kite or relaxing to the sound of the ocean.  Beach-combing can produce special rewards – treasures that include agates, shells, and occasionally glass floats.  End the day with a sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-kah-


Seaside Aquarium
Seaside Aquarium

(503) 738-6211
200 North Prom
Seaside, OR 97138
http://www.seasideaquarium.com

Established in 1937, Seaside Aquarium is privately-owned and one of the oldest aquariums on the West Coast. Feed seals. Explore all sorts of sealife up close. Young or old, you'll discover plenty to fathom at Seaside Aquarium!


Shallon Winery
Shallon Winery

503-325-5978
1598 Duane Street
Astoria, OR 97103
http://shallon.com/

"The winemaker at Shallon Winery is Paul van der Veldt. He is also the owner and the host. It is he that most times would greet you, show you the winery, serve you tastes of the current wines, interrogate you as to your occupations, discuss dining at length within a fifty mile radius, and possibly offend you if your questions or comments provoke a curmudgeonly philosophical response.


Tillamook Air Museum
Tillamook Air Museum

503-842-1130
6030 Hangar Road
Tillamook, OR 97141
http://www.tillamookair.com/

See one of America's finest collections of over 30 magnificently restored military aircraft including the P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina, and SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Explore an exhibit hall with rare wartime and aviation artifacts! Have lunch at the café. Shop in the gift shop. It is all housed in a rare World War II Blimp Hangar...the largest wooden structure in the world!


Tillamook Forest Center
Tillamook Forest Center

503-815-6800
45500 Wilson River Highway
Tillamook, OR 97141
http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/

This impressive and sustainably-built center is the largest forest-based learning center in the region. Learn about sustainable forest management, the devastating Tillamook Burn, and the reforestation efforts that have taken place since. Climb the Tillamook Forest Center’s 40-foot-tall replica of a forest fire watchtower, step out on the 250-foot-long pedestrian suspension bridge, or enjoy hiking the nearby forest and riverside trails. FREE for all to enjoy, though donations are appreciated. Daytime RV parking is available. And Don't forget The Cheese...


Twin Rocks
Twin Rocks

http://www.rockawaybeach.net/see-do/natural-wonders/twin-rocks/

There are many of Oregon's coastal "sea stacks" that are larger and closer to shore. But few of them present the profile that the sandstone monoliths "Twin Rocks" does, one with a distinctive hole. Prior to 1925, the Twin Rocks were in fact called the "Profile Rocks" - until they changed names due to a conflict with another set of "profile rocks" in the region. If you look closely, you can see a sea dragon, an Indian, a princess or the Lochness monster. The pinnacle is 88' high and the hole is 35' across. In good weather, this makes for some classic sunset photos for any shutterbug.

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