Throughout the fall and into the winter, Oregon’s coastal region will boast a wide range of excellent things to see and do. From the sterling attractions to the charming seaside towns and cities, the western ridge of Oregon will be a must-visit for late 2016 and into early 2017.
From as far north as Astoria to the southern Oregon city of Brookings, just minutes from the OR-CA border, you’ll discover a wealth of impressive festivals, concerts, events and more.
On October 21st to 23rd you can experience the Astoria International Film Festival. Now in it’s 10th year, the AIFF will feature screenings, panel discussions, and other events at venues throughout downtown Astoria. While you’re in the cinematic mood, be sure to check out the Oregon Film Museum in Astoria.
As you continue to explore the Oregon coast, head south from Astoria into Lincoln City. You’ll find an array of can’t-miss attractions here, and one of the premier destinations this fall will certainly be the Chinook Winds Casino. You’ll no doubt be able to place a few wagers and enjoy the slots, but be sure to check out the premier entertainment at Chinook Winds.
On October 21st and 22nd you can see the Grammy-winning singer-song writer Michael McDonald live on stage at the Chinook Winds Casino Showroom, and on November 11th and 12th, Chinook Winds will be hosting Wayne Brady. The talented entertainer will bring his mix of comedy and music to the stage at 8 p.m. – the drive in from nearby Newport will be short and scenic.
Lincoln City will also be hosting some premier events near the end of 2016. On December 3rd you can check out the Holiday Craft Fair held at the Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just two weeks later, the Lincoln Pops Big Band will be performing live at Gleneden Beach on December 15th starting at 7:30 p.m. If your visit to Lincoln City is slated for early 2017, be sure to check out Antique Week. From February 11th to 20th the many antique shops found in and around Lincoln City will feature excellent deals and specials.
Your trek through coastal Oregon should include a stay in the pleasant city of Coos Bay. If you’re flying in to Coos Bay you’ll land at the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport. Be sure to visit on December 2nd for the Downtown Coos Bay Wine Walk starting at 5 p.m. On December 10th, make your way to the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay for the 42nd Annual Christmas Concert at the Egyptian starting at noon. Don't miss stunning views of the Pacific from Cape Arago Overlook in Coos Bay.
You’ll want to enjoy a holiday celebration in Brookings during your visit to the Oregon coast. From December 10th to 24th you and the kids can take a ride on the Stout Mountain Railway. The “Christmas Train” will be available for tours, and you can find it all at the Stout Mountain Railway Garden within Stout Park.
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The 363-mile Pacific Coast Scenic Byway affords visitors an array of motorcycle rides along the Oregon Coast. See the historic sites of Astoria and Fort Stevens before riding to Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park and impressive Nehalem Bay. Take a detour to Cape Meares Lighthouse and the Cape Kiwanda dunes on your way from Garibaldi to Newport. If you want to keep heading south, ride to Heceta Head Lighthouse and the Coos Bay dunes.
Gorgeous parks and recreation areas dot the Oregon Coast. If you are looking for sandy beaches, ample bird watching opportunities and active marine life, Harris Beach State Park in Brookings is a "must." Take an underground tour of Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton, explore the shore pine and ocean breezes of Bullards Beach State Park or swim or fish near the fragrant Myrtlewood forest in Alfred A. Loeb State Park.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area runs 40 miles from the Coos River to the Siuslaw River in Florence. It directly connects to Honeyman State Park. Visit the wind-driven sand that now makes up one of the largest coastal dune areas on the continent. Massive dunes rise more than 500 feet above sea level and are popular spots for hikers, off-roaders and photographers. The Park also welcomes fishing, canoeing, and horseback riding.
As you visit the Oregon Coast, learn about the animals and marine life that are protected here. The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is a world-class aquarium located on Yaquina Bay, which is home to the Giant Pacific Octopus and many others. Seaside Aquarium plays host to more than 100 species of marine life, and The Charleston Marine Life Center is another "must see." Its life-sized skeletons of the largest sea creatures are stunning.