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Del Norte County, CA & Southern Oregon

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Del Norte County, CA & Southern Oregon

California's northernmost coastal county, Del Norte, contains miles of unspoiled beaches and rivers famous for salmon and steelhead. Most of the communities in the county are situated along coastal Hwy 101.

Del Norte County is located roughly halfway between San Francisco and Portland via Hwy 101, Hwy 199 and I-5. Towering redwood forests can be seen there in Redwood National Park, Jedediah Smith State Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

The town of Klamath is the southern-most in Del Norte County. It is a favorite getaway for campers, hikers, boaters and fishermen. Klamath River Jet Boat Tours, one of the area's most popular attractions, takes people on exciting, scenic trips down the Klamath River aboard their jet propelled boats. Another popular attraction, Trees of Mystery, offers tours through a pristine redwood forest. Its Skytram takes visitors on an aerial tour through the lofty canopy of an ancient redwood grove. Klamath's newest attraction is the beautiful Redwood Hotel Casino.

Crescent City is the county seat and Del Norte's largest city. The Redwood National and State Parks Visitor Center is located at 1111 2nd St. Attractions include Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City Harbor, scenic drives, public fishing piers, a museum and the Elk Valley Casino. The city also has a wide variety of stores, restaurants, RV parks and lodging facilities. Nearby the majestic Smith River flows to the ocean and offers a host of recreational activities, including rafting, inner tubing, kayaking, fishing and more.

When in the Crescent City area, tour Ocean World for an exciting family adventure. This is one of the best privately-owned small aquariums in the United States. It has an abundance of marine life including sharks, seals, sea lions, rays and wolf eels, and features shark petting, an interactive tide pool and high-flying sea lion performances.

The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center is located in Crescent City's Beachfront Park. The center is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded, sick or injured seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises and whales along the northernmost coast of California.

Traveling north from Crescent City you‘ll come to the tiny agricultural community of Smith River, where the river of that name enters the Pacific. Continue further north, and you will find yourself in Oregon.

The Southern Oregon coast offers visitors dazzling ocean vistas and lush green forests, sand dunes and sea lions, water sports and sailing adventures. Inland Southern Oregon offers warmer summertime temperatures, wintertime skiing, whitewater excitement, wineries and Shakespeare performances. From beautiful coastal communities like Gold Beach, Brookings Harbor and Florence to the inland cities of Ashland and Medford, to the gorgeous Willamette Valley and everything in between, Oregon is a delight.

Whether you prefer river rafting, shopping, taking chances or taking it easy, there's an adventure in Oregon for you.

Take a jet boat ride on the Rogue River with Jerry's Rogue Jets in Gold Beach. Glide over the water past enormous rock cliffs, viewing diverse plant and animal life.

At the crossroads of Hwy 101 and County Road 595 in Gold Beach, many travelers zipping along don't realize what making that turnoff could mean for them. County 595 becomes Agness Road after about 20 miles, and leads to the small town of its namesake, Agness. The world famous Rogue River runs right through the center of town. Located where the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River area and the Illinois Wild and Scenic River area connect, the 35-mile drive is slow-going, but full of beauty. Travelers can stop many times along the way. Lodges like Singing Springs Resort in Agness offer Rogue River visitors hospitality, fine food, tranquil overnight accommodations and an escape from the hustle and grind of everyday life.

Along Hwy 101, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area spans three counties. Beginning near North Bend and extending more than 40 miles north to Florence, this area of gigantic sand dunes extends as far as 3 miles inland in some places. A series of inland freshwater lakes, created when the dunes dammed up small streams, provide excellent places to fish, sail or swim. There are national, state, county and private campgrounds throughout the area.

While in the Florence area spend some time exploring Sea Lion Caves. This cave is the world's largest sea cave, with a height of over 12 stories, and the length of a football field. Sea lions regularly gather in the cave during the fall and winter months, but spend time in and around the cave all year round living, breeding and raising their young. An elevator takes visitors down 208 ft. into the heart of the cave to see these fun-loving creatures in their natural habitat.

Whatever direction you choose to go in Southern Oregon, hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing and spectacular natural beauty await you.

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