California isn’t the only place where you can take in a beautiful coastline. If you want to see spectacular landscapes and glorious coastline, make sure you also look along the central Oregon coast.
In Lincoln County, the heart of the Oregon coast, rugged seascapes, isolated coves, and untouched tidepools abound. Strung like pretty pearls along 50 miles of Highway 101, the cities of the coast are dotted with sandy beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and arched bridges.
Many flock to this charming resort town, where fishermen fish and artists create non-stop. There are seven miles of beautiful beaches, great for building sandcastles and hunting for driftwood and seashells.
Check in to the Chinook Winds Resort Casino on the beach, and then try your odds at winning with true Las Vegas-style gaming.
Carved and shaped by powerful forces, Depoe Bay’s rugged rocky coastline and harbor is loaded with marine life. The site of the world’s smallest navigable harbor, just six square acres, allows charter fishing boats and whale-watching boats to be on the open sea in just minutes.
If gallery hopping is more your style you’ll enjoy a visit to The Silver Heron Gallery, which exhibits an eclectic mix of internationally recognized arts. The Alder House III, Oregon’ oldest glassblowing studio, is where you can watch the 2,000-year-old craft of turning molten glass into wonderful goblets, vases, bowls and other forms.
The largest Oregon coast port is renowned for sport fishing, a year-round population of great gray whales, and one of the largest commercial fishing fleets. Along the historic bayfront are antique shops and art galleries, working canneries and tackle shops.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium lets you watch sea otters, harbor seals and California sea lions play along the aquarium’s rocky shores.
The restored Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, one of the few built with light keeper’s living quarters in the same building as the tower, was active from 1871 to 1874. It was re-lighted in 1957, and is now open as a museum. Yaquina Head Lighthouse, built in 1872 with a 93-foot tower, is here, too.
Set on Alsea Bay, Waldport is the gateway to a fishing paradise with wonderful beaches, boating facilities and private parks. Visit the Alsea Bay Interpretive Center to learn about the transportation history of the Oregon coast via interactive, hands-on exhibits. At the Waldport Heritage Museum in old town, you’ll find insight into Waldport’s history.
Known as the “Gem of the Oregon Coast,” Yachats has uncrowded beaches and rocky promontories that offer dramatic surf action when seas churn. To the south of town is 800-foot high Cape Perpetua the highest point on the Oregon coast. The viewpoints and surrounding trails are open year-round. The area is also home to a diverse forms of art, from collectibles to whimsical.
Whether you decide to visit or take up residence, Oregon’s central coast and its beauty will leave you breathless.