The Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast Travel Guide

Covered with sandy coves, dark forests and vistas atop rocky cliffs, the Oregon Coast boasts a stormy natural beauty all its own. Oregon Coast travel lets visitors glimpse this rich-hued wild, a landscape well matched with the cold, choppy waters of the Pacific it borders. Let Travel + Leisure's Oregon Coast travel guide chart your course along this oceanfront stretch.

Things Not to Miss on the Oregon Coast

• Stroll along Cannon Beach and catch a glimpse of one of the region's most iconic natural landmarks, Haystack Rock.
 • Take a tour of one of the 11 historic lighthouses that dot the coastline.
 • Tee off on one of the world's best courses at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
 • Learn more about local wildlife at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport.
 • Round out a day spent on the sand with a beachfront bonfire.

When to Go to the Oregon Coast

Thanks to warm temperatures and dry weather, most tourists choose to visit the Oregon Coast between May and September, when they can spend sunny afternoons and long evenings soaking up time on the beach. The region is subject to mild and wet weather throughout much of the spring and fall, and winter snowfall can sometimes put a damper on travel plans.

Articles about The Oregon Coast

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