What makes Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston a one-of-a-kind destination? Is it the rustic natural beauty that can only be found along Oregon’s most beautiful stretch of coastal land? Maybe it’s the rare trifecta of state parks along Cape Arago Highway or easy access to the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America .
Perhaps it’s our rich history & culture that sets our region apart from the rest. Even our geographic location, uniquely situated where the land meets the bay and the sea - opens up endless possibilities for anyone in search of new and exciting adventures. Regardless of the reason, Oregon’s Adventure Coast is the perfect destination for visitors hoping to rediscover their adventurous side as they explore nature, wildlife, food, and culture. Here’s a list of unique experiences we don’t always highlight, but are here for visitors to enjoy any time of the year in Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston.
Lighthouses have a long, fascinating history on the Oregon Coast, but there is something especially unique and mysterious about Southern Oregon Coast Lighthouses . The Cape Arago Lighthouse in Charleston is perhaps our best known of these rare coastal treasures, but there are four others (out of Oregon’s 11 lighthouses) within a short driving distance to explore!
Indigenous people have lived and thrived on the Oregon Coast for thousands of years, long before Euro-American settlers would arrive. Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston is home to two of the nine federally recognized Native American Tribes in our state. The rich and diverse cultures of the Coquille Indian Tribe (pronounced “ko-kwel”) and Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians are intricately woven into our history. Travel Oregon recently took the important step of publishing a new Guide to Tribal Nations (copies are available at the Coos Bay Visitor Center).
Did you know there are multiple museums and experiences for art and culture lovers to explore on Oregon’s Adventure Coast? Here are just a few to add to your itinerary:
Hunt for treasures in our eclectic retail and antique shops . Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston are chock-full of eclectic retail businesses, including antique and kitschy shops, with an abundance of terrific deals and unique merchandise. Spend an afternoon getting to know our wonderful and friendly merchants while browsing through their shops. You never know what treasures you will find. Amp up your treasure hunting game even more by collecting special, one-of-a-kind souvenirs along the Southern Oregon Coast Charm Trail . Download your map here.
The excellent quality of the food on Oregon’s Adventure Coast is one of our most underrated features. Several of our local restaurants are renowned throughout the region for dishing out the freshest seafood one could possibly hope for! So grab a pint at a local pub and explore the unique restaurants in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston. Download our Local Restaurant Guide to carry with you, or visit oregonsadventurecoast.com/dining to see all our local restaurants. For the ultimate foodie experience, treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind tasting adventure you can only find along the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail .
Many of our local lodging establishments offer visitors a more “eclectic” experience than one typically encounters. Here are some of the more unique lodging options for travelers looking for an authentic experience during their travels to Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Click here to see all of our lodging options!