Best of Oregon’s Central Coast
Oregon Coast Aquarium: Explore the life of Oregon’s shores and oceans at this excellent aquarium.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area: A soaring lighthouse stands above a tide pool–studded inlet at this small park, the quintessence of the Oregon Coast.
Marine Discovery Whale-Watching Tour: Thar she blows! Newport is a great departure point for gray whale–watching tours.
Cape Perpetua: One of the most dramatic natural areas along the Oregon Coast, Cape Perpetua features mountains that edge out to front the Pacific directly. This is a top spot for hiking and exploring tide pools.
Sea Lion Caves: Every so often, it pays to visit a roadside attraction. Here you’ll take an elevator ride down to the caves at cliff’s bottom to get a close look at the Steller sea lion rookery. During the spring and summer, the animals are outside, and you can get a good look from the roadside.
Heceta Head Lighthouse and Devil’s Elbow: Climb to the top of this whitewashed lighthouse for wonderful views, or stay in the lighthouse-keeper’s house, now a B&B.
John Dellenback Trail: Explore 400-foot dunes in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on this hiking trail that’s like trekking the Sahara to reach Pacific beaches.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel