Cobble Beach, near the community of Newport, is renowned for a shore carpeted with thousands of cobblestones glistening in ebbing tides. Take a tour of the historic lighthouse or walk up to the many tidepools to check out sea anemones, mussels, and starfish. Bring your binoculars to watch the seabirds. This small but immaculate beach is a must-see.
Just off U.S. 101 is the Devil’s Punchbowl. The rocky bowl fills as the tide rises and the water violently churns within it. It was likely formed when the roof of two sea caves collapsed and then further shaped by the waves. The site also has a trail for hiking, walking, and bird watching.
|Photo by Joelle Bourque (Amateur Photographer Contest 2018)|
National Geographic magazine calls this one of the world’s most beautiful places, likely because its sandy shores are punctuated by the iconic Haystack Rock. At low tide, you can walk right up to it and see colourful starfish and shells along the way. After the beach, visit the village for chef-owned restaurants, local brewers, and handmade crafts.
Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor
This is where to get a surreal panoramic view, 200 feet above sea level. Look south and you can see nearly 50 miles (about 80 kilometres) down the coast towards California. This quiet area offers beautiful hikes and is a great spot to spot whales migrating.
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
With its stunning sunsets and secluded beaches, this 18-mile (29-kilometre) coastline allows you to walk a variety of trails and take in views of the rugged tree-lined shore. The Indian Sands trail is a popular loop through forest and sandy hills.
Roads End State Park
This pristine beach has tidepools, lava-formed islands, and a hidden cove. The nearby community of Lincoln City hosts a treasure hunt throughout the year. Organizers hide more than 3,000 specially made glass floats along 7-1/2 miles (12 km) of beach for people to find as keepsakes.