A bluff surrounded by forest and sea

Cape Meares is a sleepy village by the ocean, tucked between a lake and the large bluff of Cape Meares. Surrounded by forest and sea, the area around the town is steeped in tales from the past.

Outside of town in Cape Meares State Park, the compact lighthouse sits on a soaring promontory over the ocean with amazing views for watching both whales and seabirds. Street names pay homage to the now-vanished town of Bayocean, once located on the nearby hiking spot at Bayocean Spit, which became a ghost town and washed into the sea. The surrounding Sitka Spruce forest contains towering trees, as well as the bizarre “Octopus tree.” As day fades, walk the beach, build a campfire, and tell your own stories.

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Lighthouses

Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon Coast, seven are open to the public and most are still active. If you time it right, you’ll get to go inside, take a tour, maybe go up the stairs to the...
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Whale Watching

Whale watching is a year-round activity on the Oregon Coast with gray whales by far the most commonly seen. Whale watching is not difficult, but a few tips make it easier. Any location with an ocean view may yield whale...
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The Tillamook Bay Heritage Route

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.

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5 Easy Hikes on the Oregon Coast Trail

If long walks on the beach are your thing, exploring the Oregon Coast Trail will soon be your new favorite pastime. Similar to the Pacific Crest Trail, the coast trail — with views of sea stacks and rocky headlands and...
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A Paddler’s Paradise on the Tillamook Water Trail

It’s something out of a dream: 250 miles of navigable waterways on Oregon’s North Coast that meander through dense forest, green pastures, marsh-like estuaries and small towns. It’s known as the Tillamook Water Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail comprised...
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Winter Whale-Watching on the Coast

Seeing one of the planet’s largest mammals – even from a distance – ranks among the most memorable and awe-inspiring experiences you can have on the Oregon Coast – or anywhere, for that matter. Early winter is a peak time...
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South Coast

Allegany

Allegany is a great little town. It’s got that off-the-beaten track, locals-only, undiscovered territory kind of charm. We currently don’t have any stories or activities for this little gem, so we’re counting on you to go exploring and report back.

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North Coast

Astoria-Warrenton Highway 101 Visitor Center

143 S Hwy. 101
Warrenton, OR

503-861-1031

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North Coast

Astoria Dunes Motel

288 W. Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

503-325-7111
Email us (astoriadunesmotel[at]hotmail[dot]com)

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Central Coast

Barrows Fishing Guide Service

11087 E Mapleton Rd
Mapleton, OR

(541) 268-4827
Email us (rickbarrows[at]yahoo[dot]com)

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South Coast

Beaver State Adventures

PO Box 234
Wedderburn, OR

(541) 646-8676
Email us (kristalynnewilson[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Central Coast

Bella’s Pet Boutique

Luxury gifts for pampered pets.

1688 N Coast Hwy
Newport, OR

(541) 574-8600

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Central Coast

Bayshore Rentals

Fully furnished vacation rental homes with ocean front or ocean views.

2214 N.W. Bayshore Drive
Waldport, OR

541-563-3162
Email us (rentals[at]bayshore-rentals[dot]com)

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North Coast

Beaver

Beaver is a great little town. It’s got that off-the-beaten track, locals-only, undiscovered territory kind of charm. We currently don’t have any stories or activities for this little gem, so we’re counting on you to go exploring and report back.

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North Coast

Beach Stay Motel

423 N. Miller St.
Rockaway Beach, OR

503.355.2525
Email us (beachstay[at]live[dot]com)

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North Coast

Blind Slough Logging Camp

A logging camp located between Knappa and Brownsmead. Established around 1883, the post office was established in 1910, and closed in 1924. In 1923, some 300 people were employed by the Larkin-Green Logging Co. Source: Ghost Town USA Located 19...

Astoria, OR
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South Coast

Broadbent

Broadbent is a great little town. It’s got that off-the-beaten track, locals-only, undiscovered territory kind of charm. We currently don’t have any stories or activities for this little gem, so we’re counting on you to go exploring and report back.

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North Coast

Bruski’s Dock Seafood Market

Pier 11, bottom of 11th Street
Astoria, OR

503 325-3712

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