Central Oregon Coast

Florence, Oregon

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A 123-mile drive along the Central Oregon Coast shoreline and sand dunes, affording spectacular views from water level and ridgetops. The route stays close to the ocean on the 123 miles between Lincoln City and Coos Bay. It begins with water level rocky coves and bays, then ascends Cape Foulweather and descends from Otter Crest to scenic beaches, and thick brushy hills. South of Waldport, it follows the base of hills, makes a steep ascent over Cape Perpetua, sweeps down to rugged shorelines and runs through the heart of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Weather is usually mild with spring days in the fifties and summer days averaging sixty to seventy degrees. Although winter days can also reach the sixties, temperatures average in the low fifties. Fall is the most dependable season for calm, warm weather. Special attractions: Depoe Bay, Cape Foulweather, lighthouses, Newport, Darlingtonia Wayside, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and Sea Lion Caves. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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"A 123-mile drive along the Central Oregon Coast shoreline and sand dunes, affording spectacular views from water level and ridgetops. The route stays close to the ocean on the 123 miles between Lincoln City and Coos Bay.

It begins with water level rocky coves and bays, then ascends Cape Foulweather and descends from Otter Crest to scenic beaches, and thick brushy hills. South of Waldport, it follows the base of hills, makes a steep ascent over Cape Perpetua, sweeps down to rugged shorelines and runs through the heart of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Weather is usually mild with spring days in the fifties and summer days averaging sixty to seventy degrees. Although winter days can also reach the sixties, temperatures average in the low fifties. Fall is the most dependable season for calm, warm weather. Special attractions: Depoe Bay, Cape Foulweather, lighthouses, Newport, Darlingtonia Wayside, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and Sea Lion Caves. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Florence
Distance: 123
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Lincoln City Visitors and Convention Bureau
Driving Directions: Directions to Central Oregon Coast

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May 2018