More a state of mind than a place, the Oregon Coast is that special. You won't find "Oregon Coast" stamped on any map. But you can't miss the 363 miles of Pacific Ocean splashing up against the Western beaches of Oregon.
Streching from the California border to the Northern tip of Oregon is Hwy 101. Passing through State Parks, old growth forests and famous bridges. Before the many McCullough bridges were added during the Great Depression, a trip down the Oregon coast was a collection of ferry trips, crossing several river mouths.
The North Oregon Coast: An area beginning at the Columbia River and ending at Cascade Head and contains both Tillamook and Clatsop Counties. Not only the most Northern city, Astoria is also known as the oldest settlement in the West. An early resort town, Seaside is a top destination. Wanna see a Sandcastle Contest, that's what Cannon Beach is Famous for, not to mention it's active art community.
The famous Tillamook Cheese Factory is of course in Tillamook county, and is perhaps the number one tourist attraction on the Oregon coast. Located in the Northern section of Tillamook county is Roackaway Beacha an early favorite the people came in droves by train. Near by the famous waves at Cape Kiwanda in the growing town of Pacific City.
While Reedsport and Florence should be included, Lincoln County takes the show and claims to be the Central Oregon Coast. Sandy beaches and kite flying are popular at Lincoln City. While an active bayfront fishing community and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, make Newport a hotspot.
One of the fastest growing cities in Oregon, Florence has been growing for decades. It has become a popular retirement community. With the Oregon Dunes Recreation area at the edge drawing a strong visitor traffic too.
Also popular with tourists, Winchester Bay and the Umpua Lighthouse both attract many visitors. Fantastic views of the river and the lighthouse can be had at a viewpoint along Hwy 101, just south of Winchester Bay.
Both the name of a body of water and a city, Coos Bay and it's sister South Bend, are the Oregon Coasts largest metro area. The Charleston attracts more tourists. Just south on the Cape Arago Hwy, visit the Shore Acres famous gardens.
Burned to a crisp 70 years ago, Brandon is a papular destination. Home to arguably the best golf in Oregon. South you have the Wild Rivers Coast of Curry County, where several rivers cross the border into California's Del Note County. The area here around Boardman State Park is known for beauty, and fishing.
Oregon Coast parks were developed before many other parts of the state, so the Oregon Coast has some of the best beaches for camping in the West.