Outside the Area
Embark on a new adventure through the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast. On the coast is an area encompassing Bandon to the south and Lincoln City to the north. Inland, the lush Willamette Valley is dominated by the state capital of Salem to the north, and Eugene, Springfield and Roseburg to the south. Farther east are the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests.
Visitors come to these areas of Oregon for a variety of reasons, including to enjoy scenic wilderness areas, to relax at luxurious resorts and to view prolific wildlife. Whatever the reason, this area of spectacular natural beauty is sure to impress. The counties that make up the region are as diverse as the great State of Oregon. Between the mountains of the Coast Range and the much higher Cascade Range lie verdant valleys with some of the world's most productive agricultural land, giant old-growth forests and miles of volcanic wasteland. The opportunities for fun and adventure in this area are as varied as the terrain.
Two north-south traffic corridors connect the region. Inland, I-5 bisects the fertile valleys of the Umpqua and Willamette rivers. On the coast, Hwy 101 skirts the edge of the continent between the Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean, offering visitors spectacular views of rocky coastline, lighthouses and crashing surf.
On the coast in Florence you'll find the fascinating Sea Lion Caves. Visitors descend 208 ft. into the large cave where Steller sea lions bark, growl, fight and swim as waves wash in from the seaside opening. It is the only natural year-round sea lion habitat on the mainland.
Along Hwy 101, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area spans three counties. Beginning near North Bend and extending more than 40 mi. north to Florence, this area of gigantic sand dunes extends as far as 3 mi. 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. At Bandon, the southwestern-most town in Coos County, magnificent sea stacks stand just offshore from miles of sandy beaches. Its Historic Old Town invites strolling, and has a good variety of shops, galleries and restaurants.
Wineries throughout western Oregon are open for tours and tastings. Outdoor adventurers will find abundant opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding in western Oregon, and there are ample opportunities for hunters, anglers, and explorers. Discover beautiful scenery and bustling cities as you explore western Oregon. MORE INFO: 101Things.com/westoregon