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Coquille River Lighthouse - near Bandon Oregon Beaches
Coquille River Lighthouse
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-- Day Trip Drive on the Oregon Coastal Highway 101

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Day Trip Summary: What to See and do in route to, and in the Reedsport, Coos Bay, & Bandon, Oregon Coastal areas on a Day Trip Drive from Florence, Oregon South on Coastal Hwy 101 to the Rockport, Coos Bay, and Bandon, Oregon Areas.

Check out Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation area on way. See Umpqua River Lighthouse near Rockport and wide sandy Oregon vacation beaches. Do a peaceful walk on the Boardwalk next to the harbor in Coos Bay. See the unusual Coquille River Lighthouse near Bandon. See and hear the Seals at Seal Rock Marine Mammal view point of Simpson Reef just south of Cape Arago State park. See a colorful Pacific Ocean Sunset at the end of the day back at Florence, OR.

This scenic day trip drive with several interesting stops approximately 73 miles down the 101 Coastal Highway to Coos Bay Oregon and nearby attractions is a "Must See" for any Vacation to the central Oregon coast.

This Oregon Getaway Vacation my Wife and I took in the Fall of 2004 was one of the best US beach vacations we have ever taken. We would highly recommend the Scenic Drives in the Central Oregon Coast area up and down the coast on the largely oceanfront Coastal 101 Highway from Florence, Oregon south through the sand dunes area to Coos Bay and Bandon, as well as the beautiful scenic drive north to Newport and Lincoln City, OR and the Historic Lighthouses along that peaceful coastal drive.

Can check out the drive south to Coos Bay Attractions Pictures & comments in Chronological Order below
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Day Trip South to Coos Bay, South Oregon Beaches, Lighthouses, and Sand Dunes Recreation area Pictures + Coos Bay Attractions comments - below

Day Trip East to Sisters, Oregon Via McKenzie Pass and Oregon volcano area (For the scenery + to visit a Sisters Quilt shop my Wife had read about)

Day Trip North to Newport Oregon Beaches + Newport Oregon Attractions & 2 Yaquina Lighthouses

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Day Trip South to Coos Bay, South Oregon Beaches, and Oregon Sand Dunes Park Recreational Area
+ Reedsport, Lighthouses, and Seal Rock
Viewing area

Sand Dunes south of Florence Oregon
Sand Dunes at a large beach front park - Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - Dunes area starts a few miles south of Florence, Oregon and continues
south almost 40 miles to Coos Bay.
- Big sand dunes area where they have planted grass to hold down wind erosion

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Info & Links at Wikipedia

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area at State Parks Web Site.
These Dunes are the largest area of coastal sand dunes in North America

Sand Dunes south of Florence Oregon
Back side of tall sand dune above looking east toward parking lot - dunes area is over a mile deep here. Got showered on at this stop. Note more Oregon coast sand dunes + fog to east.

Sand Dunes south of Florence Oregon
More big beach front Sand Dunes as we drove further south on Oregon Coast Hwy 101 from Florence toward Coos Bay. Dune Buggy rentals are available.

Oregon Dunes NRA (National Recreation Area) USDA Forest Service Visitor Center
-- Located near the Hwy 101 mile marker # 201 in Reedsport, Oregon.
Guided Hikes are available.

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Umpqua River Lighthouse - southwest of Reedsport, Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse - southwest of Reedsport, Oregon. Constructed in 1894.
Light with first order Fresnel lens can be seen as far as 20 miles out at sea.

Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum - Oregon Museums Association Page includes Museum open times + Lighthouse Tour Info

Coos Bay Boardwalk next to harbor
Coos Bay, Oregon Boardwalk next to harbor. Take a peaceful walk and watch the Harbor boat activity

Some Photos of the Enclosed areas along the Coos Bay boardwalk

Seal Rock on Simpson Reef southwest of Coos Bay from viewing area
Seal Rock on Simpson Reef southwest of Coos Bay Oregon from viewing area
-- We could hear the seals on the rock "barking" as soon as we got out of the car

Seals on Seal Rock on Simpson Reef -- picture taken through telescope in the viewing area -- On Simpson Reef sw of Coos Bay, Oregon
"Seal Rock" - Simpson reef southwest of Coos Bay near Oregon Cape Arago State Park
- Picture taken through pay telescope in viewing area
- could hear constant "barking" of seals the whole time we were there

North Cove Cape Arago and Simpson Reef Rocky Shore - Viewing area Info +
what you can expect to see there

To Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Cape Argo State Park Web Site

Coquille River Lighthouse near Bandon, Oregon
Short Coquille River Lighthouse near Bandon, Oregon - Unusual Octagon shape.
Light was first lit in 1896. A new solar powered light was installed in the tower in 1991.

Coquille River Lighthouse - Info, History, & Links - Wikipedia

Florence Oregon - Beach Sunset - blue - yellow - pink cloud colors - blue sky
Great Oregon coast Sunsets back at Heceta Beach near Florence Oregon.
- here a variety of blue, yellow, & pink cloud colors - blue sky peaking thru
More Oregon Sunsets on: Oregon Beach Sunset Photos Gallery page

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