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Northern Oregon Coast

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Northern Oregon Coast

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Northern Oregon Coast is a region of Oregon.


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The Northern Oregon Coast is perhaps one of the nation's most stunning vantage points of the Pacific Ocean. Visitors will experience nature in its raw beauty, something that is alluring and enjoyable for just about anyone. Spend time playing on the beach or hike across the rugged terrain. You can visit forts and lighthouses that are centuries old, follow the Lewis & Clark trail, the steps of pirates and explorers, or stop at any of the beaches to truly enjoy the experience of Pacific Ocean beauty.

The Northern Oregon Coast starts in the northern-most part of the state with the city of Astoria, and covers the area down through Pacific City. It is a truly beautiful section of the 363 mile Oregon coast.

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Getting to the Northern Oregon Coast is fairly straightforward. The sole route north and south is Hwy. 101. The access from Washington State to the Northern Coast is via the Astoria-Megler bridge.

There are three routes arriving from the east which lead to Hwy. 101. The northern most route is Hwy. 30 which runs parallel to the Columbia River. Hwy. 26 is the route west from Portland. Oregon Route 6, also known as the Gales Creek Highway, branches off from Hwy. 26 near the small town of Banks and leads to the county seat of Tillamook.

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Everything tastes better at the beach! On the Northern Oregon Coast if you're looking for the best places to eat fresh cinnamon rolls, hamburgers or fish tacos, you'll find them along the North Coast. Enjoy the extraordinary views and ocean air, and start exploring what the Northern Coast has to offer.

Want a fancy dinner with an ocean view? Dining out is one of the fun adventures of traveling. From elegant dinners with a Pacific view and white linen napkins to eating a oysters or crabs on the beach, the region has everything you can imagine. If you want seafood - and there is lots of it on the Oregon Coast – you'll find wonderful bowls of clam chowder, fresh caught grilled salmon or fish tacos.

There's lots of options for quick, low cost eats too. Beach town bakeries and coffee shops are also terrific when it comes to their home made breads, cookies and other yummy treats. Independent eateries abound, whether at food carts in the shape of boats, doorways along a boardwalk, or other scrumptious spots, you'll find wonderful selections at the mainly independent food stops.

  • Bowpicker, Corner of 17th and Duane streets, 503-791-2942, [1]. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Enjoy this fish-and-chip cart in the form of a boat parked a block from the shore. Albacore tuna, lightly beer-battered and fried to perfection, plus crisp potato wedges accompanied by tangy vinegar and dipped in creamy, sour tartar sauce. Check for hours (weather permitting). $.  edit
  • Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, 243 11th St., Astoria, 503-325-1787, [2]. From their menu: A bustling Euro-style coffeehouse by day serving fresh-baked pastries, an intimate bistro by night offering ‘neoregional cuisine.  edit
  • Bread and Ocean, 154 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, 503-368-5823, [3]. This bakery is known for its scrumptious pastries made with high end ingredients, organic breads and yummy deli sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.  edit
  • Kelly’s Brighton Marina, 29200 Highway 101 North, Rockaway Beach, 503-368-5745, [4]. It doesn't get fresher than this. Let the helpful deckhands cook you a crab, steam up some clams or shuck oysters that have been pulled from Nehalem Bay just before cooking  edit
  • Castaways' Tini Tiki Hut, 316 Fir St, Cannon Beach, 503-436-8777. Great mix of Caribbean and Gulf dishes, the biggest challenge is picking just one of the entrees. Drinks are made with fresh juices. The small and intimate restaurant is worth the trip. Dinner service only.  edit
  • Sweet Basil's Cafe, 271 North Hemlock, Cannon Beach, 503-436-1539, [5].  edit

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