Feb 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Fabled Oregon Coast Draws Seniors

The Oregon Coast must be experienced in person to fully realize its beauty.  It is dotted with city after city from Brookings Harbor all the way up to Astoria.  Accommodations abound with super view of the Pacific and always, there are plenty of things for seniors to see and do . Buckle up your seat belts and take in 180 miles along the coast in four minutes. Seniors, the coast is one of the Top Ten Scenic Drives in America.

More than a place…

The Oregon Coast is more than a place, it’s a state of mind. No place on the map of Oregon is marked as the Oregon Coast, but everybody knows that the 363 miles of coastline where the Pacific Ocean washes up on the state’s western beaches is unlike any place else. Highway 101 winds down the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Along the way, it passes through the old growth forests of Oswald West State Park, named for the Oregon governor who began the process of securing Oregon’s beaches for public use. All but one of the famous McCullough bridges on Highway 101 are still in operation.

I once did a teacher workshop for a national convention at Otter Crest.  What a neat site and the Inn at Otter Crest must be experienced. There’s no place like it… 35 pristine acres of oceanfront lodging, striking ocean views, huge trees, nature trails, tide pools teeming with life and Otter Crest Beach with its ever-present Harbor Seals.

Seniors Take in the 363 Miles On 101

Oregon’s public coastline is made up of diverse terrain that changes from rugged cliffs to evergreen forests to Sahara-like dunes and boundless sandy beaches. From Astoria in the north to Brookings in the southern tip, follow the shoreline past a smorgasbord of one-of-a-kind attractions including scores of quaint towns with a penchant for serving up legendary seafood, historic lighthouses, breathtaking viewpoints, stunning state parks, a cornucopia of galleries and museums and a world class aquarium. Mild temperatures, dramatic scenery and a wide range of recreational activities make the coast one of the state’s most popular regions.

Because of the Oregon Coast’s physical complexity, many different species of plant and animal can be found in the region, both terrestrial and marine in nature. Due to several factors, including climate, weather, and terrain, there is a great variety of plants within the coastal region. In some areas, large trees are uncommon.

The largest city along the Oregon Coast is Coos Bay—population 16,000— on the South Coast. U.S. Route 101,  the primary highway from Astoria to Brookings, is known for its scenic overlooks of the Pacific Ocean. There are over 80 state parks and recreation areas along the Oregon Coast. You will want to check out the Oregon Coast Aquarium that is a world-class marine educational attraction and is one of Oregon’s top tourist attractions.  Do not miss Crater Lake National Park.   It is a majestic wonder with its blue blue water.   And it is deep deep, the 7th deepest lake in the world.

A Mileage Chart

This chart will provide seniors with some aid for driving from one area to another. You will find mileage from Portland, Salem and Eugene to Oregon coast towns, as well as between coastal towns. Find the best routes to the Oregon coast from the valley. National Recreations Areas and Forests are well worth a visit as well.

While you are there, explore Oregon. Why Oregon? Because Oregonians are wild, adventurous and inquisitive. Oregon is a place where people often find themselves roaming endlessly with no other goal than the next great meal, powdery slope, lighthouse view or salmon run.  Oregon (The Beaver State) is a dramatic land of many changes. From the rugged Oregon seacoast, to the high mountain passes of the Oregon Cascades, in the lush greenery and magnificent waterfalls, and in the stony lava beds and Ponderosa pines of the high desert, Oregon’s natural beauty is here for senior citizens to enjoy. jeb

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