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Top Attractions Along the Oregon Coast

5 minutes read Mar 31,2021
Top Attractions Along the Oregon Coast

One of America's finest wildernesses awaits along the Oregon Coast. In this locale, the mighty Pacific Ocean meets temperate rainforests in an incredible display of nature's majesty. When you visit, you can explore many Oregon Coast attractions, ranging from natural wonders to coastal hamlets. Check out the list below to start planning your trip to Oregon!

Haystack Rock in Oregon

8 Oregon Coast Attractions Near Coos Bay

1. Haystack Rock

Sitting 235 feet from the shoreline, Haystack Rock is the last remnant of one of Oregon's dramatic coastal capes. Due to its size and shape, Haystack Rock has become a popular photo backdrop. But it's also a great spot for spotting tufted puffins, crabs, and sea stars around the tide pools.

While you're free to walk the shore and approach Haystock Rock during low tide, it is a protected wildlife refuge. As such, you must take care to not disturb the wildlife in any way.

2. Prehistoric Gardens

Among the most unique Oregon Coast attractions are the Prehistoric Gardens. This famous roadside attraction features life-size dinosaur sculptures along a rainforest trail. You'll find the Prehistoric Gardens 63 miles south of Coos Bay, right off the Oregon Coast Highway.

Sea Lion Caves on the Oregon Coast

3. Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse is the strongest light on the Oregon Coast. Built in 1894, the lighthouse sits high on a headland and its light can be seen from 21 miles away. While the lighthouse remains active, the adjacent lighthouse keepers' house is now a renowned bed-and-breakfast. It's an excellent spot to pull off for views along the Oregon Coast Highway.

4. Sea Lion Caves

Not far from Heceta Head Lighthouse are the Sea Lion Caves. This private preserve features ticketed entry to observe caves where sea lions live. While not a zoo, this preserve does have a year-round sea lion population and you will nearly always see them. Additionally, you can spot sea birds and gray whales from the observation platforms.

5. Arch Rock and Natural Bridges

Arch Rock and the nearby Natural Bridges are some of the finest Oregon Coast attractions. Flung out at sea, Arch Rock is a gorgeous island with a stone arch. There's a designated picnic area along Highway 101 with a fantastic lookout. One mile further south along the highway are the Natural Bridges. These seven arched rocks and blowholes are among the most beautiful sights on the Oregon Coast.

6. Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Buddied up with Kronenberg County Park, the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is a stunning preserve. Scenic overlooks and rugged trails crisscross a section of the coast in Bandon, Oregon. While visiting, you can indulge in panoramic views of islands, rock formations, and wildlife that includes sea lions and puffins.

Thors Well Rock Formation on the Oregon Coast

7. Cape Perpetua and Thor's Well

Perhaps the most majestic headland on the Oregon Coast is Cape Perpetua. Views for miles await on the scenic Cape Perpetua Lookout. Closer to the shore, you won't want to miss the stunning rock formations. These include Devils Churn, Spouting Horn, and the famous Thor's Well formation, which appears to drain the ocean.

While most of the famous sights can be seen with just a short hike, Cape Perpetua has more than 26 miles of trails. If you'd like to spend the day hiking, this is the place to be!

8. Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

Finishing our list of Oregon Coast attractions is the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum. Located in scenic Florence, the Pioneer Museum recounts the history of the Oregon Coast. You can see exhibits detailing the area's settlers, including loggers and fishermen. It's a fascinating stop that provides context for the development of the Oregon Coast.

Seaside Shanty at Sun Outdoors Coos Bay in Coos Bay Oregon

Oregon Coast Camping at Sun Outdoors Coos Bay

Sitting by the shore in Coos Bay, Oregon, Sun Outdoors Coos Bay is the best place to be. As the waves crash on the shore, you can stroll along the pet-friendly beach, perhaps casting a line to fish. And at the end of the day, you can have a campfire back at your lodging, whether that be an RV, tent, cottage or seaside shanty.

You can explore the very best of the Oregon Coast attractions from Sun Outdoors Coos Bay. Book your stay today and be sure to share this post with your travel partner. You're in for the adventure of a lifetime along the Oregon Coast!  

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