A spectacular landscape in Oregon is where the mountains meet the pacific ocean. From the central to the south of Oregon’s coast, this picture is common and beautiful. And there is plenty to see as the Oregon Coast stretches approximately over 582 km from the north (the Columbia River) to the south (state border with California).
From foggy mysterious atmospheres to sunny warm summer days, the coast offers so many faces that it is always a pleasure to rediscover it.
The climate and terrain of the coast make it extremely particular and different from many others. The area is squeezed between the mountains and the ocean. This singularity creates opportunities for a great variety of plants and animals, on the ground and in the sea, to thrive in this environment. This wide wild nature is protected by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, composed of six refuges (three are marine and three are estuarine).
Another famous landscape, to be found more south, is the Oregon Dunes. However authorized, it is still choking to see OHV (Off-Highway vehicles) riding the dunes like hell and destroying all on their way, while a hundred meters farther can be found is a bird refuge…
What to do ?
Whale and bird watching, hiking and horseback riding on the beach are probably among the most popular activities, but there is literally access to a ton of activities. Beaches, lighthouses, paddling, hiking, camping, outdoor and water activities, historic site, wildlife viewing and ecology; name it, you can probably do it.
Two main attractions are the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Sea Lion Caves (with an average herd of 200 sea lions living nearby). The aquarium not only display fish, but birds and mammals. One of the most famous guest of the aquarium was Keiko, the orca who starred in the movie Free Willy.
Finally, if you can, try to visit the region “road-movie way” on the U.S Route 101. This famous route goes all along the state coast line and offers a beautiful scenic overlook on the Pacific Ocean.
The photographs below are taken on the Oregon coast from Lincoln City to Florence, where you can admire sea cliffs, terraces, and a great number of bays. It is a really small portion of the coast but its great variety makes it extremely attractive and interesting, even if you can only go along for a few miles.
For more information about the Oregon Coast: The Oregon Coast Visitors Association