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Top Places To Visit In the Oregon Coast

Updated on July 19, 2009

Places You Must Visit On The Oregon Coast

Though it is quite popular in its own right, the Oregon Coast is not as popular as many other beach destinations. It offers a great many of the same features, including sun and sand, that some other locations do, but in many way it also offers much more. The Oregon Coast's type of beauty is a little more rugged in nature than the beaches of Southern California, and the weather doesn't always cooperate, but some of the best beach vacations on the West Coast can be had in the state of Oregon. One of the features that make the Oregon Coast so popular with visitors who have come that way before is the large amount and wide variety of things to do, here is a look at just five places you must visit on the Oregon Coast.

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The small community of Newport sits just south of popular Lincoln City and is right on the mouth of Yaquina Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Newport continues to have many ties to the fishing industry and there are also a number of ocean charters available for hire out of the city. Attractions in the city include the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Nye Beach, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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Anyone who is a fan of cheese is familiar with the name Tillamook. The community of Tillamook sits right on U.S. Route 101 in the northern coastal region of Oregon. Just north of the town itself is the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory where visitors can tour the plant and see how various items made by the famous cheese maker are concocted. The tasting room where samples are available to visitors is very popular with those that visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

Sea Lion Caves

Located just north of Florence, Oregon is one of the more famous and most visited tourist attractions on the Oregon Coast, Sea Lion Caves. One of the highlights of this attraction is the elevator that descends through the rocky cliff to an underground viewing area where the only year-round colony of Steller's Sea Lions in North America reside. The cave where the sea lions play and live is massive, stretching for more than the length of a football field. The sea lions can also be seen on the cliffs and rocks outside the cave, and in the nearby water and on the offshore rocks too.

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The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is part of the Siuslaw National Forest and sits right on the Oregon coastline. Many people wouldn't expect to find it in Oregon, but this is the location of the largest stretch of coastal sand dunes on the entire North American continent. There are a number of fun activities that can be participated in at the dunes including hiking, photography, fishing, horseback riding, camping, canoeing, and kayaking. Because of the terrain and the massive size of the area, one of the more popular activities is off-road vehicle use, both personal and rental, including larger vehicles that tour the dunes area showing visitors this unique area of the country.

Astoria-Megler Bridge

The longest continuous truss bridge in North America connects the states of Washington and Oregon and spans the mouth of the Columbia River. The popular and scenic U.S. Route 101 travels across the bridge and provides for some amazing views of both coasts and the point where the mighty Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean. There are a number of other attractions available in or near Astoria for those that visit the area including Fort Clatsop where the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the 1805-1806 winter, the Astoria Column provides a magnificent view of the entire area, the Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a fascinating and informative look at the area's history, and the Clatsop Spit which is a large sand spit formed at the mouth of the Columbia River and the site of a number of famous shipwrecks.

Make your next visit the Oregon Coast

Book your next vacation through southwest. Use a southwest promotion code and get additional savings. The Oregon Coast is a beautiful destination for anyone looking to head to the ocean and not want to mingle with the types of crowds that other more popular destinations attract. The Oregon Coast is noted not just for its beautiful scenery, but also for the many types of diversions and attractions that are available there. The area can cater to visitors with many different interests as different sections of the coastline have distinctively different traits and features. The Oregon Coast is a great place to spend a vacation.

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