Adventure south of Yachats, Oregon.

By Travel & Leisure
September 10, 2012
Credit: Dennis Frates / Alamy

South of the town of Yachats lies some of the coast’s most beautiful scenery—including pristine forest trails and towering inland sand dunes. Set your own pace and adventure level, and explore them by car, on foot, or by dune buggy.

John Dellenback Dunes Trail

Channel Lawrence of Arabia at the John Dellenback Dunes Trail, where the sand mountains are astonishingly high.

Spinreel Dune Buggy Rentals

Rent an ATV for the dunes.

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Warm up with an easy loop leading through coastal forest to a bluff overlooking the Pacific.

The Green Salmon

Sip organic fair-trade espresso.

Heceta House

You won’t find more dramatic coastal views (ask for one of the Mariner’s Rooms) than those here, a B&B at the base of an old lighthouse.

Ona Restaurant & Lounge

Chef Michelle Bursey has a loyal following, thanks to sublime dishes like rare Oregon albacore tuna wrapped in alder-smoked bacon; Dover sole over Dungeness crab with heirloom rice; and the “three meatloaf,” made with grass-fed beef, lamb, and pork, all sourced from local ranches and farms.