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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: Oregon State Scenic Byway
Fees: Fees are only associated with special attractions.
Length, One-Way: 350 Miles (583.33 Kilometers)
Time: 10-12 hours

General Information

Description - This byway trots along the Oregon coast's full length. The northern end starts in the shadow of the impressive Astoria-Megler Bridge, where the mouth of the Columbia River gapes wide (Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rockies). Shining beaches and hushed temperate rain forests govern the following dozens of miles. Following parallel to the Lewis and Clark Trail, the route stops by attractive places such as the resort town of Seaside, famous for its two-mile beachfront promenade, and the busy Garibaldi fishing port on Tillamook Bay.

The southern portion of the byway changes a little, as it is dominated by rugged cliffs, farms, and sandy beaches. This is a segment that maintains some of the most photographed areas in Oregon (Siletz and Depoe Bays, for instance), colorful skies, lots of dairy land, and the city of Tillamook (the producer of the famous brand of cheese.)

Attractions - The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - Oregon is known for it's archeology, cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic attractions. This byway is lined with museums, state parks, overlooks, historic bridges, and lighthouses

Recreation - Recreational opportunities along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway include camping, biking, hiking, picnicking and visiting historic sites.

Climate - The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.

Location - The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway starts in Astoria and travels to Brookings. This byway travels along the entire coast of Oregon.

Directions from : It is very easy to get to any portion of this byway because it is so long (it covers the entire length of Oregon's coast) and because it connects in a number of places to one of Oregon's most-used roads, I-5. I-5 runs parallel to the byway and most of Oregon's largest cities, such as Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, and Portland, sit on it. So basically, once you're on I-5, you can hook onto a main east-west route, head west, and hit the byway about 40 miles later.

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Filed By: Tiffany W. (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This drive is so gorgeous! There are pullout/viewpoints all along the way which all offer great views of the ocean. We stayed at the Adobe in Yachats (great place to stay!) and went to the Newport Aquarium, the Sea Lion Caves and Cape Perpetua. The aquarium was cool and Cape Perpetua was awesome. The Sea Lion Caves were very disappointing, but we were lucky enough to have an even better sea lion encounter at a pullout named Strawberry Hill. As the sun went down the sea lions showed up! They came pretty close too. They seemed as interested in us as we were with them. An amazing experience which we will never forget!

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Contact Information:
Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - Oregon , , , , Phone: 503-986-0007
, info@visittheoregoncoast.com

Additional Information:
Oregon Scenic Byways - Oregon offers a multitude of national, state, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Forest byways. These byways include five National Scenic Byways and three All-American Roads.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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