Oregon Bucket List ~ Oregon Coast Region

Today we move into a new state in our Bucket List series: Oregon. Oregon is split into 7 distinct tourism regions. My research for future Oregon bucket list posts is still a work in progress, but I think it’s safe to say that this coastal region may very likely be the longest list of the regions! There are just so many state parks and lighthouses worth stopping to visit along this stretch of highway!

Arch Cape

  • Hug Point State Park: Visit to see the seasonal waterfall.


  • Astoria Column: Climb to the top for a birds eye view.
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum: Explore the story of one of the busiest ports on the West coast.
  • Hanthorn Cannery Museum: Explore the history of what it was like to work in the cannery.
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park: Explore Fort Clatsop and the Columbia River Estuary.


  • Cape Blanco Lighthouse State Park: Oregon’s coast is dotted with lighthouses and we love to visit lighthouses of all kinds.
  • Coquille River Lighthouse: Another charming lighthouse located nearby.
  • Face Rock Creamery: Watch cheese makers at work and sample some unique varieties.
  • Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint: See if you can find the face on the rock.
  • Washed Ashore Sculptures: These sculptures are created from all sorts of plastic and trash that washes up on the coast.


  • Chetco Point Park: Provides 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. View St. George Reef Lighthouse in the distance.
  • Pelican Bay Lighthouse: Another cute lighthouse located along the coast.
  • Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor: Narrow park along the coast.

Cannon Beach

  • Haystack Rock: One of Oregon’s most photographed spots.
  • Tillamook Rock Lighthouse: “Haunted” lighthouse located offshore.

Coos Bay

  • Cape Arago Lighthouse: Lighthouse located along the coast.
  • Cape Arago State Park: Park with hiking trails just south of the shared name lighthouse.
  • Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area: Hike to both waterfalls.
  • Shores Acres State Park: One of the many state parks to explore in the area.
  • Sunset Bay State Park: Part of the trio of state parks to be explored in this area.

Depoe Bay

  • Blow Hole: Check out this fun geological oddity.
  • Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area: Features a large “bowl” carved into rock.
  • Oregon State Parks Whale Watching Center: Visit to learn all about whales and view their migration.


  • Darlingtonia State Natural Site: Dedicated to the rare species of cobra lily.
  • Haceta Head Lighthouse: View from an easy stroll up the gravel path.
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area: Largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
  • Sea Lion Caves: Take an elevator down into North America’s largest sea cave and home to sea lions.


  • Garibaldi Maritime Museum: Hands-ons exhibits about sailing.

Gold Beach

  • Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor: Offers jaw-dropping views of the coastline.
  • Myrtle Tree Trail: Hike to Oregon’s largest known Myrtle tree.
  • Pistol River State Park: Enjoy coastal views.


  • Fort Stevens State Park: This military area was built to guard the mouth of the Columbia River.

Lincoln City

  • Drift Creek Falls: Popular trail through a canyon, includes a suspension bridge and ends at the waterfall.


  • Oswald West State Park: Easy hiking trails through the rain forest.


  • Hatfield Marine Science Center: Exhibits all about marine animals.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium: Explore the underwater wonders.
  • Yaquina Bay Bridge: Stairways on each end lead to observation areas.
  • Yaquina Bay Lighthouse: Tallest lighthouse on the coast.
  • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area: Visit to tour the lighthouse.

North Bend

  • Bluebill Trail: Stroll boardwalks around Bluebill Lake.

Pacific City

  • Bob Straub State Park: Check out the hiking trails.
  • Cape Kiwanda Marine Gardens: Explore the tidal pools.

Port Orford

  • Prehistoric Gardens: One of Oregon’s beloved roadside attractions.


  • Umpqua Discovery Center: Features exhibits on the Lower Umpqua Tribe and the Chinese immigrants who arrived to work in canneries.


  • Ecola State Park: Explore this beautiful area.
  • Promenade: Explore this 1.5 mile bath with beautiful views of the ocean.
  • Seaside Aquarium: Lots of fun touch tanks to explore.
  • Tillamook Head: A WWII bunker is tucked into this jagged cliff.


  • Blue Heron French Cheese Company: Explore the world of French cheeses.
  • Cape Lookout State Park: Offers easy beach access.
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse: Another lighthouse to explore.
  • Tillamook Air Museum: Explore this WWII blimp hanger.
  • Tillamook Creamery: Come explore this cheese shop known for its cheddar.
  • Tillamook Forest Center: Learn about the Tillamook burn and climb to the top of a replica forest-fire lookout.


  • Big Stump Beach: Named for the 14 foot redwood stump.

Winchester Bay

  • Umpqua Aquaculture: Displays on oyster farming.
  • Umpqua Lighthouse State Park: Another lighthouse to visit within a park.


  • Hobbit Trail: Short easy trail through gnarled trees.
  • Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint: Great area for tide-pooling.

All attractions found in the 2019 Oregon Visitor Guide and 2019 Oregon Coast Visitor Guide.


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