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North Oregon Coast, OR

The north Oregon coast is perhaps one of the country's most beautiful vantage points of the Pacific Ocean. Anyone visiting will experience nature in its raw beauty, something that is tantalizing and enjoyable for virtually any type of person. Spend time playing in the sand dunes or trek across the heavy terrain. Visit off shore light houses that are centuries old or stop at any of the beaches to truly enjoy the experience of Pacific Ocean beauty.

What's In The North Oregon Coast?

The north Oregon coast is the area of coast that starts in the northern most part of the state with the city of Astoria, and covers the area through Newport. Portland is the largest city in the region, though it is located miles inland. Here is a look at several of the activities, attractions and outings you will enjoy in several of those larger cities along the coast.

Astoria

Here, you have the state's most historic of cities. It is rich in tradition and history and makes for an excellent stop for everyone in the family. It is technically located on the Columbia River, which provides plenty of water activities at their best. Astoria is a great town for those that are looking for hiking and trekking opportunities in the region.

Seaside and Cannon Beach

For those visiting the north Oregon coast, these cities are likely to be your destinations of choice, especially if you have a family. Here, you can easily find a nice, comfortable cabin or condominium rental for a family (as well as many hotels). Because they are located the shortest distance from Portland, these cities are the most common place for Portland visitors to visit during the summer months for family vacations. The beaches in Seaside are a great choice and they will keep you busy from late May through September. Also, when you visit, stop at the Seaside Aquarium. Ecola State Park is perhaps the best location for a seaside picnic. Many activities take place in Seaside during the summer including volleyball tournaments and fishing outings.

Cannon Beach is another outstanding option for you. In fact, this beach was named by the Travel Channel as one of the top seven World's Best Beaches. You will find the famous Haystack Rock stuck in the sand here. Also, peer out into the water to see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, which is a well known historic landmark. Cannon Beach also features a number of great activities and museums within it, including fine dining and five star hotels. This is a major tourist area during the summer months because of all the fun activities to do here. Nevertheless, Cannon Beach still feels like it is a slice of small town America and therefore feels very homey and charming.

Manzanita Area

The Manzanita area of the north Oregon cost is made up of three smaller towns named Wheeler, Manzanita and Wheeler. This is definitely the place to go if you are looking for an historic town filled with opportunities and even a bit of hidden pleasure. If you are looking for a city to travel to that will give you a relaxing vantage point, then this is the one you will want to visit. There is plenty of outdoor fun to be had here including a number of fishing adventures. Go crabbing in the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a bit of fishing for your own catch (if you rent a cabin here, you may even be able to take your catch back with you to serve dinner with it!) For those looking for activities on the water besides the beach, Manzanita offers kayaking, boating and other water sports. In Wheeler, you can go horseback riding right on the beach at Nehalem Bay State Park.

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach is known for its unique train that rolls through the center of the city. This is a small town, and offers a great feel for just that. There are unique shops available throughout and most of the city is well priced. If you want all of the fun of the beaches, but do not want to be hassled by big city prices, then Rockaway Beach is a great choice on the north Oregon coast. Virtually all of the city is located right off the beach.

Tillamook

Tillamook is not on the coast itself, but is about 15 miles inland. Here, you will find many fun things to do including a stop at Cape Meares. There are also a number of great foods and experiences to be had. Visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory located here. You can shop and taste a few items and definitely enjoy the atmosphere. Other things to see here include the Air Museum, the Munson Creek Falls, and the Octopus Tree located in Cape Meares.

Pacific City

Pacific City is a quaint town, but not one that offers a large tourism draw. If you plan to visit the north Oregon coast for a romantic getaway to some place quiet, make it this small town. The beach is very beautiful and there are plenty of things to do. You can fish, or take a boat ride down the Nestucca River. There are always great sand dunes to explore. Go horseback riding or enjoy a small picnic on the beach.

Lincoln City

This is another great tourism driven town, which means plenty of good accommodations and affordable places to dine. When you visit, you will find the casino to enjoy spending your money in or the golf courses to spend your days on during your trip. There are seven miles of well cared for beaches to enjoy, too. Also, when you visit, enjoy Regatta Grounds Park Nature Trail, Spring Lake and the many small shops that dot the landscape.

For those visiting the north Oregon coast, there is something to do here for just about anyone. The food, the people, and of course the beaches make it a prime location for any group from a family to a couple, and everyone in between.
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