When the mercury starts to rise, land-locked Oregonians’ thoughts turn to the coast, where the Pacific Ocean (aka, “Nature’s Air Conditioner”) serves up plenty of cool breezes and fresh air. Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston is known for being cool, literally. Yes, there are scores of “cool” activities the whole family can enjoy, but with an average summertime temperature of mid-high 60s, our region offers a blissful escape from scorching hot temperatures you might be experiencing in other parts of the state this time of year.
If you’re planning your next “beat the heat” trip to the coast, Oregon’s Adventure Coast is just a couple hours from Eugene, through the beautiful Coast Range, and offers those cooler temps you crave and something else too — space to spread out. With miles of undeveloped beaches, the longest stretch of coastal dunes in North America, and some of the Oregon Coast’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful hikes, there’s just more room to explore here.
One thing’s for sure. You won’t run out of things to do on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.
Book an adrenaline-charged ATV or dune buggy trip in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Let the cliff-lined Pacific inspire you as you hike along the 6.5-mile trail that connects the majestic Sunset Bay, Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks . Or head east into the Coast Range to visit two of Oregon’s most iconic waterfalls .
Oregon’s Adventure Coast also offers a wealth of options for fishing , crabbing , clamming , mountain biking , and birding . Guided kayaking, ATVing and fishing tours are available to help the whole family enjoy the area to its fullest.
At the heart of this recreational Eden is the greater Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston area. It’s the perfect launching point for your outdoor adventures and a great place to take in cool Pacific breezes while you enjoy its abundant shopping , dining , gaming , and nightlife options.
Oregon’s Adventure Coast’s late-summer calendar is packed with fun-filled events, including The Mill Casino’s Food Truck Off (Aug. 5-7, 2022), the Annual Blackberry Arts Festival (Aug. 27-28, 2022), the Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration (Sept. 10-11, 2022) and the Bay Area Fun Festival (Sept. 17-18, 2022).
This 41-mile route features everything you could hope to see along the Oregon Coast — iconic views of the Pacific ocean, marine life, sea lions and seabirds, untouched beaches, secret coves, six state parks, two National Wildlife Refuges and America’s first National Estuarine Research Reserve.
We love all of our beautiful, undeveloped beaches here on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. But Bastendorff Beach , about two miles west of Charleston, seems to be a fan favorite. It’s never overly crowded and makes you feel as if you’ve entered a different world, even though you’re only minutes from town. The beach is ideal for picnicking, walking/jogging, or just spending a relaxing day perched on a beach chair gazing at the sea. It’s a favorite among surfers, kiters, campers, beachcombers, and locals and tourists alike. Visitors going to the beach should be aware of coastal safety hazards with the potential danger of undertows, sneaker waves, and rolling logs.
There’s a reason why surfers love Oregon’s Adventure Coast! We could explain, but we’d rather show you in this video our friend Rick Dancer shared when he experienced Surfing Oregon’s Adventure Coast style!
But that’s not all! Visit our Adventure Page for more cool ideas and inspiration!
So beat the heat and get your road trip on for a much-needed, low-key, easy-breezy getaway. When you are ready to visit, we will be here to help you plan your trip.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. And be sure to visit our Lodging Page to see our many lodging options. Just FYI, we’re also cool with four-legged friends and have plenty of Pet-Friendly lodging to choose from!