Stories - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


  1. The Tillamook Bay Heritage Route

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / September 5, 2017

    Perhaps best known for its ice cream and cheese, Tillamook Bay is Oregon’s second largest and most accessible bay in the state. Encompassing nearly 600 miles of watershed, there is a vast array of activities here for the intrepid coastal explorer. For visitors looking for a complete historical, cultural, and outdoors experience, the Tillamook Heritage Route provides an all-encompassing overview of what this special region has to offer.

  2. Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / September 1, 2017

    Some of the most defining and iconic views along the Oregon Coast include some of the most inaccessible and protected landforms in the state. Seen by many and experienced by virtually no one, these islands are both ubiquitous and unique. Each island enjoys protection, from the smallest rock that consistently protrudes above high water to the largest monoliths that dominate their surroundings.

  3. Kilchis Point Reserve

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Jonathan Stull / August 14, 2017

    Encompassing about 200 acres near Tillamook Bay, Kilchis Point Reserve was once one of the largest Native American settlements on the northern Oregon coast, the home of Tillamook County’s first pioneer settler, and now a wetland preserve of important plant and animal wildlife. The park is also now one of the key landmarks of the Tillamook Bay Heritage Route.

  4. Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Jonathan Stull / August 14, 2017

    Founded in 2003, the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is a section of the old Port of Tillamook Bay railroad line that extends the Tillamook Air Museum through Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach, and Wheeler. Offering regular excursions between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach, sunset trails, and special excursions during the fall and the holidays, the scenic railway showcases the rugged Oregon coastline, a historic railway, and beautiful ocean views in a family-friendly atmosphere among Oregon’s quaint coast towns.

  5. Tillamook Bay: Garibaldi Marina to The Three Graces

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Jonathan Stull / August 14, 2017

    Protected by the 3-mile sandbar, Bayocean Peninsula, the Tillamook Bay is a 6-mile inlet on the Oregon coast with calm waters near one of the Oregon coast’s rare backcountry camping areas (Bayocean Peninsula), the fishing community of Garibaldi, and the small farming and dairy community, Tillamook.

  6. Pier's End Historic Coast Guard Boathouse

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Jonathan Stull / August 14, 2017

    The Pier’s End Boathouse is the vestige of a life-saving legacy in Garibaldi and is now one of the most iconic landmarks of the Tillamook Bay Heritage Route. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the North American continent saw continued settlement along its coastlines, and with increases in maritime trade between settlements came a commensurate increase in shipwrecks. As more ships sailed into port, more stormy seas tossed them against the shores.

  7. Pacific Reef Hotel

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Jessica Beauchemin / August 5, 2017

    The southern Oregon coast is a must-see destination for anyone living in or visiting the Pacific Northwest. With rugged shorelines, wild and scenic rivers, delicious seafood, and mysterious forests, there is surely something to please any adventurer.

  8. 7 New Oregon Coast Eateries You Must Try

    Posted by OCVA / July 31, 2017

    We all have our go-to chowder or fish n’ chips on the Oregon Coast, those tasty stand-bys that never let us down. But every so often, it’s fun to change it up a little — and luckily there’s always something new in the Oregon Coast dining scene. Whether it’s local albacore tuna poke, grilled oysters, a killer burger or fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, you can find…

  9. Destination Manzanita

    Posted by OCVA / July 31, 2017

    From the epic summit at Neahkahnie mountain to the hot dogs and ice cream you can grab right next to the beach, Manzanita is a beloved spot on the Oregon Coast. Nearly a year after a powerful storm damaged 128 homes and several businesses, this dreamy outpost is back in full force and ready to welcome visitors. Here’s where to eat, drink, shop and play…