Stories - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


  1. 6 Adventures from Portland to the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / July 9, 2018

      Did someone say road trip? Oregon’s bountiful North Coast is bursting with adventure all year-round, but who says you have to wait ‘til you hit sand to have fun? Here are six spots along Highways 6 and 26, from Portland to the Coast, where you can climb out of the car, stretch your legs and have a blast before you breathe in that ocean-fresh…

  2. Roadtrip Secrets from Corvallis and Eugene to the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / July 9, 2018

    Heading to the Coast from Corvallis or Eugene? There’s plenty to do along Highways 20, 34 and 126 to make the journey just as fun as the destination. Check out these inspired stops and have your camera and sense of adventure ready.   Hike the falls Eleven magical falls await visitors at Sweet Creek Falls in Mapleton, about seven miles off Highway 126, 14 miles…

  3. River Mouths, Shipping, and Trade along the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / May 29, 2018

    While the powerful Columbia River sports a significant number of port cities, over half of Oregon’s 23 public ports fall on the beautiful Oregon coastline. These public ports provide immense opportunity for their communities ranging from the economic to the recreational. In fact, according to the Oregon Public Port Association, one out of six Oregon jobs is directly or indirectly tied to cargo, recreation, industrial, or commercial activities at Oregon’s ports.

  4. Ultimate South Coast Road Trip

    Posted by OCVA / May 16, 2018

    It’s Oregon Coast road trip time! You may have heard of the rugged cliffs, secret coves and forested sea stacks along the remote stretch of shoreline here on the South Coast, but haven’t been able to swing a visit. Don’t despair — a road trip along these 134 glorious miles from Reedsport to Brookings is easy, with enough inspiration. Here are some of those sites…

  5. Lesser-Known State Parks on the Central Coast

    Posted by OCVA / May 16, 2018

      Sit back, close your eyes and think of your happy place. Chances are, it just might involve a secluded beach, glowing sunset, the sound of birds overhead and a waterfront picnic with your favorite people. Oregon State Parks has got what you need — especially on the Central Coast, where you can find less crowded parks for beachcombing, hiking, whale watching, tide pooling and…

  6. Destination Tillamook

    Posted by OCVA / May 16, 2018

    Yes, Tillamook is where you go for cheese tasting, ice cream cones and melty grilled cheese sandwiches any time of year. But there’s much more than just dairy cows here. An hour west of Portland, this lush coastal gateway is a hotspot for fishing, paddling, foraging, camping, hiking and dining with a true sense of place. It’s also a dreamy spot to have a picnic…

  7. Common Murre + Bald Eagle Interaction on the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / May 10, 2018

    On the Oregon coast, bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are a breathtaking sight and quite popular with beachgoers. Researchers are only now beginning to better understand the effects these striking predators have on fragile bird populations like the common murre (Uria aalge).

  8. Oregon Dunes Restoration

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / May 10, 2018

    The Oregon Dunes are an iconic shape-shifting landscape along the Oregon coast. With invasive species encroaching and overtaking native habitat, the ecology of this unusual ecosystem has been changing, and not for the better. Fortunately there are concerned stakeholders working to improve and restore the dunes to their native beauty. As the largest stretch of coastal dunes in North America, it is imperative we protect this ever-changing habitat.

  9. Underused Gems of the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / May 10, 2018

    In the hot summer months, a cool escape to the Oregon coast can be just the ticket. The trouble is, most Oregonians (and other tourists) feel the same way! If you’re looking to buck the crowds this year and find a few gems that are not so crowded or so well known, we have the list for you. We’ve gathered a collection of some Oregon beauties that don’t get the love they truly deserve. From small beachside campgrounds to lazy paddles on slow moving rivers, we’ve got you covered. Prepare your camping gear, you’ll be itching for a trip!