You may have heard about Oregon’s largest (and most touristic) city, Portland. It’s a great city filled with cafes, food trucks, museums and a unique culture you don’t find elsewhere. But did you know the Oregon coast is one of the few places where the entire state coastline belongs to the public? They call it the People’s Coast, and it’s great for an inexpensive road trip. Think hiking and walks, scenic drives, storm watching, all the while enjoying good in beverage in a state that tries as much as possible to grow everything themselves. Here are a few highlights from the Oregon Coast you might want to consider next time you find yourself in America’s Pacific Northwest.
Astoria is just across the border from Washington state, and it’s famous for something special: the film set for the Goonies film! There’s still a bit of notoriety around the area for that, especially for a few special viewpoints along the coast. In a more modern tribute, Astoria has a wonderful maritime museum which explains a lot about the modern fishing industry in America – many big seafood brands started in Astoria itself.
A bit of a sleepy town with several well known restaurants and quite a few on-beach hotels and accommodation. It’s a good relax-and-stay-awhile place. Some whimsical shops might be good stopping for souvenirs, and you must stop in the Sleepy Monk for some of the best coffee around.
Perhaps my favourite place on the Oregon Coast, Pacific City is a tiny, tiny town, but it has a brewery (that serves fantastic food), a massive sand dune you can climb, and plenty of reasonably priced accommodation. It’s quieter than many of the coastal towns, mostly because the main road doesn’t go through town, you have to turn off to get here. Also, Pacific City is near the famous Tillamook Creamery, one of Oregon’s well-known food brands. What’s not to like?
A bustling town far bigger than those I’ve previously mentioned. Newport is quite well known for it’s Bay Street, a line up of fun shops, restaurants, and bars. There’s Rogue brewery, one of the state’s best (and in a state with over 100 breweries, that is saying something), and of course one of Oregon’s most well known seafood restaurant chains, Mo’s.
Coos Bay has tons of great outdoor space to play in, including the Oregon Dunes Recreational Area, Sunset Bay State Park and Shore Acres State Park, and Cape Arago State Park. Camping is also a fun option here if you fancy.
Have you been to the People’s Coast? Any favourites?
Posted : Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 11:00
Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.