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The Oregon Coast towns you want to know about

It’s mid February and we’re starting to get a little stir crazy. We are dreaming of the warm sunshine and outdoor adventures waiting for us a few months away. To assist in dreaming up those summer plans, here is a list of some Oregon coastal towns Portlanders like to escape to.



Located in the tippy top corner of Oregon, Astoria is rich in history and beauty. This picturesque little town is a popular place for filmmakers and home to the Oregon Film Museum (AKA the jail from the opening scene of The Goonies.) Astoria is the only town in Oregon where you can check out Goonies filming locations, sample at local breweries, and see where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean all in the same day.


Cannon Beach:

One of the most accessible coastal towns from Portland, Cannon Beach provides beautiful open beaches and popular landmark Haystack Rock (also seen in Goonies). Filled with superb restaurants and boutiques, Cannon Beach is a town you have to visit at least once. If it helps, National Geographic named Cannon Beach one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world in 2013.  


Depoe Bay:

Seven words- Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast. Make sure to check out the official Whale Watching website to see what the best times of year are for viewing. While you’re there, make sure you save time to check out the numerous shops and restaurants and scenic viewpoint of Boiler Bay.


One of the more popular ‘tourist’ areas along the Oregon coast, this is a family favorite stop for many vacationers. Home of the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Rogue Ale brewery headquarters, it’s no wonder why; there’s something for everyone in Newport.



If you’ve never heard reference to the Oregon Dunes, let us be the first to introduce you to the one of Oregon’s most adventurous recreational areas. Located just south of Florence, outdoor enthusiasts flock to this massive park every year to sandboard, ride RVs, hike, picnic and site see. If you feel like keeping closer to town, Florence still has plenty to keep you occupied with museums, dining, and tours.


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