Oregon Coast Properties
The Oregon Coast is a 350-mile feast of things to do and see, from museums and lighthouses to trails and dunes. Starting at the northernmost point, the City of Astoria is situated on the Oregon shore of the Columbia River. From the waterfront, you may visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which features a lightship or cross the 4-mile-long Astoria-Megler Bridge to Washington. Also worth a visit is the 125-foot Astoria Column, painted with scenes of Astoria's history. Travel seven miles south to see the log stockade where Lewis and Clark spent the long, rainy winter of 1805-06 at Fort Clatsop, now a national memorial. Nearby Fort Stevens, a state park complete with a shipwreck, bunkers and a military museum, guarded the mouth of the Columbia from the Civil War until the end of WW II.
Between the resort town of Seaside and the smaller, more upscale boutiques of Cannon Beach is Tillamook Head with Ecola State Park at its crest, offering picnic spots, viewpoints and trails.
At the midpoint of Cannon Beach sits Haystack Rock, one of the largest monoliths in the world. The marine life in the tidepools at the base of the Rock is protected, but the Haystack Rock Awareness Program gives classes at the Rock to enhance your enjoyment and keep all the critters safe.
South of Cannon Beach, Oswald West State Park has 12 miles of the ever-beautiful Oregon Coast Trail, Neahkahnie Mountain and a hike-in campground. You can also enjoy the small town of Manzanita, which offers a beach that is anything but small. Go south until you reach Tillamook and visit the two cheese factories that this dairyland is famous for. For a change of pace, check out the largest single-span wooden building in the world, a WW II blimp hangar that doubles as an aircraft museum. Once again driving south, leave Highway 101 and take the Three Capes Scenic Loop for a look at picturesque Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda.