Over 360 miles of stunning coasts, beautiful views, lovely islands and so much more make the Oregon Coast one of the most popular regions for travel in Oregon. Whether taking a drive or exploring the lovely, wild and diverse Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge on foot, there is really no wrong way to enjoy the Oregon Coast. Come with Island Trader Vacations as we review more about this lovely coastal region and all it has to offer you on your next vacation.
Nicknamed the “Peoples Coast”, the Oregon Coast runs from Astoria to Brookings Harbor on Highway 101. Featured in books and movies including the 1980’s smash hit the Goonies’s, The Oregon Coast is more than just its stunning views. From amazing food to a rich culture, fantastic events and a concern for the environment, this lovely coast has a little something for everyone. From antiquing or picnicking to golfing, camping, biking, driving, exploring or dining, there are literally thousands of things to see and do on a trip to the Oregon Coast.
One popular way to visit the Oregon Coast is to take a trip down the Oregon Coast National Scenic Byway. A 363 mile journey, this trip takes a minimum of 10-12 hours but is best enjoyed over a period of days. Pleasant year round, this popular byway brings travelers to the sea and away and then back again as you wind your way along the coast through historic towns and cities, massive temperate rainforest and down rocky coastlines. Whales in winter and spring, colonies of sea lions, countless birds, lovely coastal views, great beaches and ample stops along the way make this a truly phenomenal area for travel.
Another of the most popular sites located along the coastline today are the many lighthouses, many of which are historic sites dating back well over 100 years and offering visitors a closer look at the history of ships and shipwrecks of the past. A rocky coastline with sometimes unpredictable weather, massive rock stacks and islands have made this a shoreline to be reckoned with. For this reason, as lighthouses could be built, they were. One of the most isolated and historic is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. Holding at least 4 records this lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating, the farthest west, has the highest focal plane above the city and was the site of Oregon’s first woman lighthouse keeper, Mabel E. Bretherton in 1903. Commissioned in 1870 to aid in shipping in the region, it is also a popular region for wildlife lovers as well.
Luxury and accommodating resorts, galleries, museums, shopping areas, parks, natural areas, wineries, restaurants and state parks are just a few of the many reasons to travel to this region. Another must not miss is the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. A massive refuge which includes over 1,800 rocks, reefs and islands along the coast at Crook Point, visitors should plan to spend at least a day exploring this destination.
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