Oregon Coast Highlights

The Oregon coast is a unique and varied region, so it's hard to mention everything we love about it.  Below are some highlights including some of our favorite places, tips on camping,  suggested routes, and recommendations for food and beverages along the way. 

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Highway 101

The Oregon Coast may not always have the sunniest beaches, but we have some of the most scenic. Take a cruise down highway 101, which offers 362 miles of beautiful, rocky coastline. A unique attribute of the Oregon Coast is the public access to beaches - so go enjoy 'em! There are some areas where you can even drive, and a few you can camp, right on the beach. But alway obey posted signs and rules, and use leave no trace principles.

ACTIVITIES: fat tire biking, surfing, hiking, driving, photography, whale watching, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, paddling, kite-boarding

TilLamook STATE forest

You'll be stunned by the overwhelming greenness and beauty of this forest and the Wilson River that runs through it. With its tall evergreen trees and winding creeks, the Tilllamook Forest is a great introduction to the beauty of Oregon's outdoors. This area has something for every adventurer and it is the gateway from Portland to the Oregon coast, so it is easy to add to the list!

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ACTIVITIES: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, mushroom hunting

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The Oregon south coast, also known as the Wild Rivers Coast, is often overlooked, but its beauty and opportunity for adventure is undeniable. Highlights include Cape Blanco State Park, Port Orford Region (see our blog for more), the Rogue River, and Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. Want to go kayak fishing for ling-cod and rock fish?  Or maybe paddle boarding in the Coos Bay region?

ACTIVITIES: mountain biking, surfing, hiking, driving, photography, whale watching, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, paddling

Food & Brew

Seven Devils Brewery - Coos Bay

We cannot recommend this place enough. Seven Devils has some of the best beer, best food, and especially the best people around. If you're lucky you might catch some live music to boot. 

Local Ocean Seafoods - Newport

If you are looking for arguably the best seafood on the Oregon Coast then don't skip Local Ocean. They pride themselves on supporting local and sustainably minded fishermen and do right by their catch with an awesome menu. They are also a market, so grab some seafood to cook over the campfire later. 

Yachats Brewing - Yachats

Tucked in along the cliffs near Cape Perpetua, this area offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Oregon Coast. The beers and food at Yachats Brewing are of a similar caliber. Don't skip it if you are passing through.

Camping & Routes



Nehalem Bay State Park - Nehalem, OR 

Kelly's Brighton Marina - Rockaway Beach, OR

Cape Lookout State Park - Tillamook, OR

South Beach State Park - Newport, OR

Carl G. Washburn State Park - Cape Perpetua Area, OR

Sunset Bay State Park - Coos Bay, OR

Harris Beach State Park - Brookings, OR


Dispersed / Alternative Camping

Forest service land is your best bet for dispersed camping along the Oregon Coast area, although there are some pockets of BLM land down south.

Check out Harvest Hosts for a fun camping and wine tasting combo!

Hip camp offers some unique camping opportunities at private campgrounds



Highway 101 is a great starting point, but there are a number of places to get distracted and get off the beaten path.

Activities & natural wonders

South Coast Tours

South Coast Tours provides the best guided kayaking, fishing and stand up paddle boarding trips on the beautiful south Oregon coast, or maybe anywhere... See what we mean on our blog post where delve into our Featured Trip: Loop Around Oregon.

Kelly's brighton Marina 

Interested in crabbing? Kelly’s Brighton Marina is a premier spot for crabbing, fishing, camping and more. 

Cape Perpetua + Siuslaw National Forest

Tidepools, churns and spouting horns, this area is one of the most spectacular along the Oregon Coast, with massive cliffs towering straight up from the sea and tons of forest to get lost in.  


382 miles of patchwork trails, the OCT offers the opportunity to explore Oregon’s rocky coastline.

adventure planning

Wonderland Expeditions offers complimentary and individual trip planning services with every rental, so if you're not sure exactly where you want to go or need some more detailed recommendations, let us know and we'll point you in the right direction. Happy travels!