North Oregon Coast

A sense of adventure characterizes the North Oregon Coast. Spanning from the mouth of the Columbia River to Cascade Head, this part of the Oregon Coast is a corner of the world well worth discovering. Its 100 miles of unspoiled beaches, geographic attractions of national fame, vibrant and thriving local communities, rich arts scenes and culinary excellence make it a destination for dining, shopping, playing and staying.

Our Things to Do section guides you to tidal pools filled with sea creatures and naturally occurring wonders in the area. Get your footing by first reading through our Shop section, then head out to purchase original artwork and crafts from world-class artists at galleries and boutique shops. See what’s happening in our Daytime Events section with festivals and events that celebrate the area’s rich culture and recreation through food, music, arts and fun. Feast on locally sourced food at upscale restaurants and no-frill seafood shacks where the eateries’ personalities are just as flavorful as the food. Take in the views of the towns and wilderness by way of pedaling down an abandoned railroad. Watch the sun sink into unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. Once night sets in, these towns' Nightlife scenes continue the fun under the moon and stars. Whether you’re in the heart of a bustling town, seeking solitude in old growth forests or stretching your legs on the miles of beach, you’ll never experience a dull moment on Oregon's North Coast.

Eat, Shop and Play on the North Oregon Coast

Qualities like these make the area an attractive spot to travelers of all interests, whether you're into outdoor exploration, extreme sports or art or you're a film buff, history nerd, antique collector, foodie or more. Find coast-to-table fare dominating the options in our North Coast Restaurant section. Decide where you’ll get funky clothes, captivating artwork, state-of-the-art camping gear and more in our Shopping guide. And if you're coming to the area for a visit for a couple of days, our Stay section will give you all the info you’ll need to find a place to stay while you’re here. Choose from resort hotels on the beach or charming inns that inspire romance. For a longer visit, however, Vacation Rentals offer a taste of home with properties of various sizes and amenities that accommodate all travel styles and needs.

What are you waiting for? Hop on Highway 101 by car, take a bike to the mountain trails or stroll along the shore – North Oregon Coast awaits you.

Explore the North Oregon Coast

The North Oregon Coast is a beautifully diverse region that’s full of possibility for fun and adventure. It’s an outdoor playground offering more than 100 miles of pristine beaches, sea cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and intriguing vertical rocks in the sea known as stacks.

On this site you’ll learn all about the North Oregon Coast, which stretches from the mouth of the Columbia River to Cascade Head. This region of the Oregon North Coast includes some of state’s most popular vacation destinations, including Seaside and Cannon Beach, as well as small towns with coastal charm, like Astoria and Manzanita.

Our local writers fill you in on what the locals know: where to eat, where to shop, where to play and, of course, where to rest your head after all of that North Oregon Coast exploration. If you want to know the real scoop about this area, look no further than this site.

Recreation on the Northern Oregon Coast

To explore the North Oregon Coast, roadtrippers hop on U.S. Highway 101. Also known as the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, this seaside highway links the towns of the North Oregon Coast, climbing over headlands with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and zipping by stretches of undeveloped beach.

Because of its proximity to Portland and Willamette Valley, the North Oregon Coast is a popular road trip destination — and once you experience its rugged beauty for yourself, you’ll understand why.

Your biggest dilemma will be deciding what to do first. Will you explore the tidal pools around Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach or hike to a high whale-spotting vantage point in Ecola State Park? Will you hit the seaside links in Gearhart or ride the carousel and walk the Pom in Seaside?

Dine on some of the world’s finest clam chowder or explore quaint art galleries and shops? Taste the local delicacies at a foodie festival or hit the microbreweries? You’ll find all the information you need to make these tough decisions here.

Explore Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula

On this site you’ll also find out everything there is to know about Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, which is a nearby and easily reachable destination from the Oregon North Coast.

From Astoria, at the very tip of the North Oregon Coast, it’s just a hop across the Columbia River on the spectacularly scenic, 4.1-mile Astoria-Megler Bridge, followed by a 20-minute drive to Ilwaco.

This 28-mile-long spit of land, bounded by Columbia River, Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay, is known for its Pacific Ocean beaches, dunes and woods, local seafood, seaside resorts, events, festivals and year-round outdoor adventures ranging from hiking, camping and biking to beachcombing and surfing.

From the amusement parks and small motels in seaside towns on the Pacific side to the quiet Willapa Bay shores, Long Beach Peninsula is a place where time slows down and the worries of the mainland are forgotten.

If you love seafood, Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is a must visit. Willapa Bay is one of the top oyster-producing regions in the United States. Local restaurants take advantage of this bounty as well as many other regional delicacies.

Explore this site to find out about all of the restaurants, shops, things to do and places to stay from Cape Disappointment on the southern end of the peninsula to Leadbetter Point State Park on the northern end.

Less than 20 miles down the Northern Oregon Coast from Astoria, Seaside, Oregon, is the quintessential family vacation destination. The state’s oldest coastal resort town, Seaside is unapologetically touristy and commercial yet still charming and safe, loved by kids, teens and the young at h…

Astoria, Oregon, is a small city on the northern Oregon Coast, but it’s not directly on the Pacific and therefore not one of Oregon’s seaside communities. Perched along the banks of the Columbia River facing Washington State, and also bordered by Youngs Bay and Youngs River, Astoria is a riv…

Meaning “little apples” in Spanish, Manzanita is named for its abundance of manzanita plants. The beautiful oceanfront town is linked with the nearby riverfront towns of Nehalem and Wheeler, and all are collectively known as the Nehalem Bay Area and/or the Tri-Villages area. On this stretch …

Twenty-eight miles down north Oregon Coast is Cannon Beach, a picture-perfect beach town with a dramatically scenic stretch of coast that’s on everybody’s list of favorite Oregon places. Cannon Beach is where you’ll find Haystack Rock, a 235-foot-tall beach rock that’s an iconic image of the…

Known as the Land of Cheese, Trees and Ocean Breeze, the Tillamook, Oregon, area is an unblemished tapestry of quintessential coastal communities straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting – complete with breathtaking scenery, outdoor adventure and genuine hometown hospitality. It’s a place …

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