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Pacific Coast

The Oregon Coast is a region of the U.S. state of Oregon. It runs generally north–south along the Pacific Ocean, forming the western border of the state; the region is bounded to the east by the Oregon Coast Range. The Oregon Coast stretches approximately 363 miles (584 km) from the Columbia River in the north to the California state border in the south. The Oregon Coast is not a specific geological, environmental, or political entity, but instead includes the entire coastline of Oregon, including the Columbia River Estuary.


Starting in the north along the Columbia River at historic Astoria, one of the oldest settlements in the western United States, the route winds along the ocean past the very different beachfront hamlets of Seaside and Cannon Beach before edging slightly inland through the rich dairy lands of Tillamook County. Midway along, the popular vacation spots of Lincoln City, Newport, and Florence form the most developed corridor along the coast, but it’s still easy to reach unpeopled stretches, especially at the remarkable Oregon Dunes stretching to the south. The dunes end abruptly at the heavily industrial port of Coos Bay, beyond which the natural beauty returns with a string of state parks and the diverse coastal towns of Bandon, Port Ortford, Gold Beach, and Brookings.

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