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Visiting Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast in summer – it is time! Seaside sounds like the perfect summer vacation destination. South of Astoria and just 90 miles from Portland, it is a good place to start. Seaside is one of Oregon’s and the Northwest’s most popular coastal destinations. More than just a day at the beach they say, there are events and activities galore. If you’re driving from the south on Highway 101, Oregon Coast Highway, check out Bandon or head a bit north to to Coos Bay. Equally lively, Bandon’s beaches are flanked by thick forests to the east and Coos Bay is known as Oregon’s Adventure Coast.

Seaside, a 2011 All-America City finalist, is all you expect for a beach vacation destination. Wide sandy beaches are ideal for relaxing, shelling and your favorite activity. A 1.5 mile promenade along the oceanfront makes a great walking, jogging or biking path without sand, not to mention people watching. Kids love feeding the seals at the Seaside Aquarium, or playing games and riding bumper cars downtown at the Funland arcade. A photo of the young ones on the Seaside Carousel is a must.

Mother Nature gifted Seaside with amazing outdoor recreation possibilities. Active travelers don’t pass up some of the best surfing waves along the northwest, a hike along the Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail or a paddle up the Necanicum River. Women interested in learning to surf, Northwest Women’s Surf Camps offers day camps, adventures and weekend camps through September.

Runners, the 45th Annual Seaside Beach Run is mid-July to keep you on pace. This race features a 10K, 5K and “Prom” walk. The 30th Annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament is August 12th through the 14th – this is the world’s largest amateur beach volleyball tournament. With over 700 teams playing, Seaside is non-stop action and fun.

Bandon on the southern end of the Oregon coast is a charming and quiet town known, for its beautiful beaches and cranberry production. Bandon’s beaches are ideal for shelling, treasure hunting and exploring the tide pools. Bring a camera, the sea stacks are amazing and make your sunset shots even better. September 2011 brings the 65th Annual Bandon Cranberry Festival to the Cranberry Capital of the World. Join with the community to celebrate with the parade, cranberry eating contests and you can even learn how to make Cranberry Salsa.

Ramp up the energy for a visit to Coos Bay and Oregon’s Adventure Coast, you don’t want to miss anything. Coos Bay is a gateway to Oregon’s Dunes National Recreation Area, the nation's largest expanse of costal dunes. Dunefest 2011 is August 3rd through the 7th at Winchester Bay, north of Coos Bay – Dunefest brags it is the most fun a family can have in the sand. The Coos Bay Seedway offers a full schedule of races, Mingus Park hosts Music on the Bay with free concerts, and the downtown Coos Bay Farmer’s Market run through October – Oregon’s Adventure Coast is just that.

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