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Outdoor Fun Along the Oregon Coast

Travel Tips for Oregon Coast Visitors | Summer 2016

This summer, the Oregon Coast’s warm, sunny days ­– together with brisk ocean breezes and crisp, cool evenings – invite residents and visitors outdoors to engage in more special events, festivals, and activities than ever. From Astoria and Newport to Coos Bay and Brookings, the Pacific side of the Beaver State is at its most welcoming this season.

Picturesque Astoria – the setting of numerous Hollywood films, from Free Willy to The Goonies – is primed for a visit, and history buffs especially will find much to sink their teeth into. The Astoria Historic Riverfront Trolley operates May through September, the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is open for self-guided tours of Fort Clatsop and more, and the Heritage Museum celebrates the formative years of the Oregon Coast.

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View of Astoria-Megler Bridge from atop the Astoria Column

Climb the spiral staircase to find a bird’s eye view of the entire town – and the iconic Astoria-Megler Bridge to the northwest – atop the Astoria Column.

Explore the artistic side of historic Astoria as venues across the downtown area open up to showcase local artists, live entertainment, culture, and more. The fun begins around sundown on the second Saturday of the month. The 2016 2nd Saturday Art Walk goes through the rest of the year.

Lincoln City, to the south, is alive with the spirit of summer, as visitors join residents in a few fun outdoor activities. Harness the ocean breeze at the 2016 Summer Kite Festival. The fun includes flying demonstrations, kite building workshops, and more at the D-River Wayside.

Or, defy that pesky wind when you send a jump shot into the air at the 2016 Hoops on the Beach tournament. Lincoln City residents and visitors, ages eight years and older, compete in teams of three, July 25th and 26th, at Lincoln City Outlets.

Further south, beyond Newport, U.S. Route 101 travelers will encounter the beachfront communities of FlorenceReedsport, Coos Bay, and Bandon, each an ideal summer getaway. Coos Bay is the largest of the towns, boasting attractions like the Coos Art Museum and the Egyptian Theatre. Each community yields visitors quick access to an array of public beaches and breathtaking vistas of the Pacific.

The outstretched sands of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and the rocky shores of Cape Arago State Park truly are must-sees, and there’s no better time than summer to see them.

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