Being a 6th generation Oregonian, I feel like I know a lot about the place. Fact is, I do, but not about the whole state. It is a big place, with lots of things to see and do. That is where this favorite thing comes in.
As a kid, we spent a lot of time on the central coast, and I know a lot about that area. I also know a lot about the northern coast, since that is where I have spent a good deal of my adult life. Going down the whole coast, especially the southern coast, present a few challenges in where I wanted to stay and what I wanted to do. I didn’t really know much about it.
Enter the Mile-by-Mile Guide to the Oregon Coast!
I picked mine up at Devil’s Churn (Cape Perpetua), but many of the state parks have them, and hand them out for free (I am sure there are other places as well). The magazine is laid out, starting on the North coast (Oregon-Washington border), and takes you all the way south to the Oregon-California border. They give you activities, places to stay, things to see, all mile by mile. Everything is labeled with the mile post where it is located, so it makes it really easy to find (the Hwy 101 is even labled clearly too!).
It gives activities for families, as well as folks without kids. Hiking, birding, whale watching, you name it! If it is on the coast, it will be in the magazine. There are also some really decent maps that will guide you.
There is even a neat interactive guide that can be used with with your smart phone (just download one of the free QR readers, and you are set!). I haven’t had a chance to play with it that much, but the small amount of use I have given it provided extra information, google maps, and I was able to search for different things I was looking for.
Definitely pick one of these up when you are on the coast and have an incredible time!