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Oregon Coast

Instead of wind in your hair, summers on Highway 1 bring stop-and-go traffic. Luckily, there's a less-traveled road running through some of the West Coast's most eye-catching landscapes. The 175-mile coast of southern Oregon encompasses acres of thick forests, blooming cranberry bogs, and crystal-clear rivers. Start in Brookings, just over the California border, 216 miles south of Eugene. From there, head north on Highway 101 until you reach the arches of Natural Bridges cove, a collapsed sea cave in Samuel H. Boardman State Park . Before you cross the 1931 Art Deco bridge that spans the Rogue River, spend an afternoon reeling in some wild trout and salmon with the Roaring Fork Guide Service (541/726-7234; $350 for a day trip for two ). Another 40 miles north is prime bird-watching territory at Cape Blanco State Park . Hop back on 101 for 23 miles, then stop to sample spicy Jalapeño Jack at the Bandon Cheese Factory (680 E. Second St., Bandon; 541/347-2456 ). STAY Gold Beach's Tu Tu'tun Lodge (96550 N. Bank Rogue; 800/864-6357; www.tututun.com ; doubles from $145 ) is ideal for fly-fishermen and white-water rafters. DON'T MISS A pit stop at the Strawberry Hill Viewpoint (milepost 169 ), to catch a clear sight of playful whales.
—Liz Krieger

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