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Astoria & Warrenton
At the mouth of the Columbia River, Salmon began their journey back upriver from the sea, and the city of Astoria and Warrenton, mark the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Here history is celebrated year round as Victorian Homes dot the mountainsides. This is thought to be the oldest American settlement West of the Rockies. Fort Astoria, Heritage Museum and the Uppertown Firefighters Museum as well as historic home tours, give us a window into that History. Astoria has been the scenic backdrop for many movies such as Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, The Goonies and Short Circuit and movie tours are a popular attraction.

The Fort Stevens State Park offers camping, hiking and cycling trails. Area recreational activities include surfing, windsurfing, fishing and scuba diving. Spring welcomes the Fisher Poets Gathering and Summer is ushered in with the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival and Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival, October brings the Silver Salmon Festival and Winter brings a Victorian Dinner, and Warrenton Crab Feed to mention just a few of Astoria's annual events.

Seaside
Seaside's popular two mile promenade is a favorite spot for strolling along the shoreline and marine life can viewed up-close at the Seaside Aquarium, in coastal tide pools or from inside a kayak or canoe. Seaside also has a thriving downtown shopping district, with an arcade and rides. In February, the Millstone Coffee and Chocolate Lovers Festival draws many and music fills the air with the Oregon Dixieland Jubilee. Springtime is also the time for Whale watching. In the summer the Bud Light Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament and the summers end Red Hot Happenin and Sand Sculpture and Beach Festival are popular events. The holiday celebrations abound with Yuletide in Seaside!

Nehalem Bay, Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi
South of Seaside, is Nehalem Bay with Winery and it's many antique stores. Rockaway Beach was first a resort built by Portland residents in the 1920's and is still a favorite getaway today. Garibaldi on Tillamook Bay boasts excellent marine launching facilities and is the home of Captain Grey Museum and the Old Railway Display at Lumberman's Park. In the springtime, Garibaldi is hosts the Pacific Northwest Crab Races and the Blessing of the Fleet. "Garibaldi Days" is not to miss in the summer.

Lincoln City
Lincoln City is known as "The Kite Capital of the World"; it's whipping winds lifting colorful kites skyward over the sands. In January, Lincoln hosts the Artistry in Wood Show as well as the Seafood and Chowder Cook off. Colorful kites fill the air in spring during the Spring Kite Festival, with the Fall Kite Festival in October. The Cascade Music Festival brings in the summer with the Gleneden Fourth of July Parade drawing out the crowds. In autumn, there is the Senior Festival and in December, Winter Whale watching.

Depoe Bay
Depoe Bay is known as "The Whale Capital of the West" for its pod of Grey Whales that live just offshore for 10 months of the year. This small harbor, considered the smallest navigable harbor in the world, at just six acres, is also a geological wonder with lava beds that spout water 60 feet in the air as water surges beneath them and pressures its way to the surface. With shops and restaurants lining a long seawall, and nature's sites and sounds to behold, Depoe Bay is a relaxing destination. There is an annual Classic Wood Boat Show, Crab Feed and Ducky Derby, summer fireworks in Boiler Bay, the September Indian Salmon Bake and a Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

Newport
Newport Oregon, and Yaquina Bay is not only the center for commercial fishing on the Oregon Coast, but it remains the booming seaside resort it has been since the 1800's when people came from miles to unwind in the hot sea baths of Nye Beach. Just as then, Taffy Stores and Agate shops line the Historic Newport Bay Front. Newport is a center for the arts as the home of the Newport Performing Arts and Visual Arts Center. The pristine Agate Beach Golf Course offers beautiful views and a challenging course. Newport is also a marine science center of discovery, with the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Marine Discovery Tours and the Oregon Coast Aquarium giving visitors a glimpse into the sea. Two of the coasts most beautiful lighthouses are here in Newport, Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. Mariners Square and Ripley's Believe it or Not Wax Works is another favorite attraction as are Newport's many annual events. Among them are the Oregon Coast Home and Garden Show, Loyalty Days and Seafair Festival, Glastonbury Renaissance Festival, the Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo and the Sea of Lights Holiday Festival.

Yachats
Yachats is a tranquil and romantic resort village, its name a Chinook Indian word, meaning "dark waters at the foot of the mountain". Here time stands still and beachcombers enjoy fishing, clamming, crabbing, and sand dune climbing. Dune buggy rides are exciting and there are even airplane rides available. There are five state parks in Yachats for endless recreation and three notable landmarks including the Heceta Lighthouse, the Covered Bridge and the Little Log Church and Museum. The sea lion caves are nearby and unique events. In February, The Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony takes place in this incredibly romantic spot. Yachats Arts and Crafts Fair, La De Da Parade and Jamboree, the annual Smelt Fry, Yachats Music Festival and Bazarre Bazaar Holiday Fair are just a few of Yachat's events.

Waldport
The Alsea River enters the sea at Waldport where the Alsea Bay Bridge and the Bay Bridge Interpretive Center welcome visitors to this scenic spot. There are nature walks, and the Crestview Hills Golf Course for exercise and relaxation. The Waldport Historical Center is filled with the history of this coastline that is so enjoyed year round with events such as Beachcomber Days, Cruzin for Crab Fest and Run, Ride and Rave.

Florence
Florence is an old mill town, with a rich history. That history can be explored at the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum. It is also the Northern gateway to the Oregon Sand Dunes and miles of sand dune recreation. San Dunes Frontier and Theme Park and Sandland Adventures offer Dune Buggy Tours. Florence is nearby to the Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse. Residents and Visitors can enjoy a good game of golf at Oregon Dunes Golf Links. Florence events include Oregon Dune Musher's Mail Run, Florence Rhododendron Festival, and Chowder Blues and Brews Fall Festival.

Reedsport
Located in the center of the 47-mile stretch of sand dunes that comprises the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, Reedsport is considered the "heart of the Oregon Dunes". Viewing nature whether from a dune buggy or a river jet boat can be exhilarating! It is here that the Umpqua River enters the Ocean and the Umpqua River Lighthouse stands watch over the sea. The Umpqua Discovery Center is located in Reedsport. The Dean Creek Elk Preserve and its viewing area is also a popular destination. The river provides endless recreation with fishing, camping, river windsurfing and miles of trails for hiking and biking. Reedsport's galleries, shops and second hand shops are a treasure trove and Reedsport events include Oregon Divisional Sculpture Championships, Crab Bounty Hunt, Kool Coastal Nights, Smith River County Fair, Riverfront Rhythm Summer Concerts and Gingerbread House Contest.

North Bend, Coos Bay, Charleston
North Bend is at the south end of the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area. It is also the site of the strong and graceful McCullough Bridge that crosses Coos Bay. Shore Acres State Park and botanical garden is perched on the cliff looking north to North Bend across the bay. The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is a large commercial port and Coos Bay is also a center for shopping, dining and entertainment. The Pony Village Shopping Mall is the largest indoor shopping mall on the coast. Antique shops, Myrtle wood and gift shops, theatres and galleries make Coos Bay's restored downtown a thriving spot. The Coos Historical Museum and Coos Art Museum are among its attractions. Cape Arago State Park and Sunset Bay State Park provide some of the thousands of acres of public lands and parks for enjoying nature and recreational activities.

Charleston at the mouth of Coos Bay is a center for commercial fishing and processing and the home of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology as well as the Slough Estuarine Reserve.

Area events include Run of Two Cities, Annual Spaghetti Feed, Father's Day Rose Sunday, South Coast Dixieland Clambake Jazz Festival, South West Oregon's Street Rod Show and Shine, Blackberry Arts Festival and October's Boo Boogie Bash.

Bandon
Fields of Cranberries, world class golf, fine dining, superior hotels, horseback riding, and shopping Old Town Bandon make Bandon a wonderful place for culinary pleasure and relaxation. The Cranberry Bogs are colorful and the Cranberry Festival is a spectacular annual event. Bandon boasts one of the nationís fastest internet connections to the home through ComSpanís state-of-the-art fiber-optic communication lines. Our newly expanded community center is perfect to host your company meeting, wedding or other large event and social gatherings! The Coquille River Museum, Coquille Lighthouse and unspoiled sandy beaches are just a few of Bandonís treasured attractions. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Bandon Crossings Golf Course offer an amazing golf experience and the West Coast Game Park adds additional recreational opportunities. Go crabbing from our docks and enjoy the boardwalk along the Coquille River and Bandon Boat Basin for a true Oregon Coast adventure!

Port Orford
Maritime History is relived in Port Orford where the heroing tales of one of America's most dangerous headlands are preserved. The Life Boat Station Museum features the restored Coast Guard Station, shipwreck memorabilia and artifacts from the perilous day as tall ships navigated these waters. The Cape Blanco Lighthouse guided their way and is the oldest lighthouse in Oregon and the Historic Hughes House located next to the lighthouse is now a museum. Port Orford is one of six "dolly" ports and the only natural open water port for 600 miles.

Battle Rock Historical Park tells the story of the famous battles between the Indians and the settlers of this area. The Prehistoric Gardens, another place of discovery, tells the story of a much earlier time along the Oregon Coast. Port Orford Heads State Park offers miles of hiking trails. Flores Lake, Garrison Lake and Elk River provide a fisherman's paradise and hiking trails abound including a hike up Humbug Mountain. Historic sites open in April and events include the Art and Seafood Festival, Easter Egg Hunt at Buffington Park, Christmas Children's Weekend and Historic Hughes House Christmas Tours.

Gold Beach
The Rogue River's wild and scenic journey ends here at Gold Beach where gold was found in the 1800's. Jet Boat Rides are a great attraction as they zoom up river and river front resorts offer accommodations. Windsurfing, fishing, horseback riding and hiking, as well as a round of golf at the Cedar Bend Golf Course, are just a few recreational activities in Gold Beach. Coastal tide pools, kite flying and beachcombing make time stand still. A walk along the Schrader Old Growth Trail is magnificent and just one of many trails to explore. Gold Beach Events include The Curry County Fair, Pro Stock Rodeo, Writers Conference, Young Children's Art Show, National Jet Boat Marathon Race, Summer Theatre, and Festival of the Quilts and Hathaway Jones Tall Tales Festival.

Brookings
Brookings is one of the fastest growing communities on the coast, with the warmest tempetures on the Oregon Coast. Brookings proximity to the Redwood Trail, and its cultural offerings such as a Performing Arts Center, make Brookings a wonderful place to live and visit. Salmon Run Golf Course and Wilderness Preserve, Harris Beach State Park and Alfred A. Loeb State Park offer recreation in the beauty of nature. Brookings is also the site of commercial floral operations and flower fields bloom all spring culminating in the Azalea Festival. Other Brookings events include a Kite Festival, and Nature's Coastal Holiday Light Festival.

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City Information - Listed by County
City Websites, Maps & Population

Clatsop County

Astoria
City website
2006 population - 9,970
County - Clatsop
Map of the City- East (provided by oregon.gov)

Map of the City- West
(provided by oregon.gov)

Seaside
City website
2006 population - 6,165
County - Clatsop
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

Warrenton
City website
2006 population - 4,460
County - Clatsop
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

 

Coos County

Coos Bay
City website
2006 population - 16,005
County - Coos

Coquille
City website
2006 population - 4,210
County - Coos
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

North Bend
City website
2006 population - 9,720
County - Coos
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

 

Curry County

Brookings
City website
2006 population - 6,315
County - Curry
Map of the City
(provided by oregon.gov)

 

Lane County

Florence
City website
2006 population - 8,270
County - Lane
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

 

Lincoln County

Lincoln City
City website
2006 population - 7,615
County - Lincoln
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

Depoe Bay
City website
2006 population - 1,310
County - Lincoln
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

Newport
City website
2006 population - 10,240
County - Lincoln
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

Toledo
City website
2006 population - 3,590
County - Lincoln
Map of the City (provided by oregon.gov)

 

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