About the Area

Adventure is Our Middle Name!

We welcome you to Oregon’s Adventure Coast, where the land meets the bay and the sea, opening up an abundance of possibilities.

We invite you to explore, to discover, to feel, to know… at land’s end, adventure begins.

On Oregon’s Adventure Coast, you will find not just something to do, but something you want to do, full of adventure, nature, wildlife, culture, arts and athletics. Water activities abound, from kayaking, scuba diving and surfing to world-class fishing, crabbing and clamming. Hit the sand in an ATV, hike along winding trails, bike along the boardwalk, and run along the same path as legend and local hero, Steve Prefontaine. Take a chance with Vegas-style gaming, take in a movie at the historic Egyptian Theatre, and take time to dine upon a hilltop. Your adventure awaits.

We are here to help you plan, get here, and enjoy your visit. We encourage you to Contact Us if we can answer any questions or stop in one our visitor centers once you get here to find out the inside track for the best food, events and activities.

Where the Soul Meets the Sea!

Oregon’s Adventure Coast Towns

This beautiful section of the Oregon coastline is known as Oregon’s Adventure Coast for several reasons and when you arrive in the area, you will easily see why. Check out more information below to see what makes each of our towns unique:

North Bend

On the “North Bend” of the bay, this town boasts great beaches, the Oregon Coast’s only airport, and a diverse mix of dining, shopping and culture found in their downtown area.

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Charleston, Oregon Marina

Charleston

A quaint fishing village with a bustling marina, Charleston hosts freshest seafood around, and is the entry point to some of the finest beaches and scenery in the Pacific Northwest.

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Coos Bay

A stroll through Coos Bay shows the merging of past and present. Historic buildings dot the landscape along with a wide array of restaurants, unique shops, museums, antique shops and more.

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History

Canoe Races are recreated at the Salmon Celebration

Canoe Races are recreated at the Salmon Celebration

Nature, commerce, native traditions and pioneer spirit merge together to create an oasis of adventure on the Oregon Coast. First settled thousands of years ago, native tribes found abundant food and a temperate climate. These tribes continued to inhabit the region when exploration and trapping in the area began in the early 1800’s. And in 1853, a permanent settlement was established by members of the Coos Bay Company.

Wagon roads first connected Coos Bay to Jacksonville and Roseburg, in the 1850’s. The Port of Coos Bay, which may be the best natural harbor between San Francisco Bay and the Puget Sound, is the world’s largest forest products shipping port. Gold drew people in the 1800’s. Many coal mines operated between 1890-1910; the last mine closed in 1950.

Today, forest products, tourism, fishing and agriculture dominate the economy. Boating, dairy farming, myrtlewood production, shipbuilding and specialty farm products like cranberries, play a key role.