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Oregon's Seven Regions

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Oregon Coast

With nearly 400 miles of scenic coastline, jaw-dropping cliffs and lush forestland, the rugged Oregon Coast provides incomparable natural venues for surfing, hiking, fishing, golf and much more. Nestled along the southern Oregon coast, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort offers golf aficionados, celebrities and the general public the rare chance to experience links-style golf in America on some of the world’s most coveted courses. And that’s no exaggeration. Golf Magazine ranked the stunning Bandon Dunes courses as the first, fifth and tenth best public-access courses in the country. Meanwhile, Golf Digest recently named Bandon Dunes as the best overall golf resort in all of North America.

It might also come as a surprise to learn that just up the coast, near Lincoln City, a massive swell has quickly gained fame as one of the best surf waves on the planet. At times over 50 feet in height, the near-perfect Nelscott Reef wave is so immense and powerful that surfers initially had to be towed into it by jet ski. Local surfing icon John Forse started a big wave surf contest in 2005, now known as the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic. The awe-inspiring event brings the world’s best big wave surfers to Lincoln City each fall on just 48 hours notice.

Recreation opportunities dot the entire Oregon coastline, highlighted by 40 miles of wind-sculpted sand dunes between Coos Bay and Florence. Up to 500 feet above sea level, the spectacular dunes provide an ideal venue for recreational vehicles, horseback riding and even the Northwest’s latest emerging action sport, sandboarding. Further south in Gold Beach, a windsurfing spot known as Pistol River has quietly gained an international reputation as one of the world’s best, in large part because of a marquee annual event known as the Pistol River Wave Bash.

Even more fun awaits visitors at the northern Oregon coast, where every August the resort town of Seaside hosts the annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament, known as the largest amateur beach volleyball tournament in the nation. The latest addition to the Seaside summer, a lively beach soccer tournament for both youth and adults, has quickly emerged as yet another reason to visit the coast. Just to the north in Astoria, in the town made famous by The Goonies, thousands of runners and walkers take part in the annual Great Columbia Crossing at the Oregon-Washington border.

Get more event info – check out Oregon’s Spectacular Summer of Sport!

Seaside Beach Soccer Video

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