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Ride the epic Oregon Coast Highway (US 101) down the Pacific Coast of the US in 8 ½ hours with 339 mi (546 km) of twisty roads the entire length of the route!
Being a coastal route you can expect lots of twisties but don't take our word for it. It's considered the best highway along the Pacific US. Want more? You can continue on this motorcycle road all the way down the coast from Washington to South California.
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Start in Astoria, Oregon a town of 9,500 people located at the Northwestern tip of Oregon 97 mi (156 km) Northwest of Portland. Astoria is on the Columbia River and the Astoria-Megler Bridge connects it to the State of Washington. If the area looks familiar to you, it's because Astoria is a popular filming location, some movies include: The Goonies, Free Willy, The Ring and many others.
From Astoria to Cannon Beach, go Southwest on US 101 for 25 mi (40.2 km) passing the Astoria Airport and the towns of Gearhart and Seaside.
From Cannon Beach to Tillamook go south on US 101 for 40.2 mi (65.2 km). Here you will ride around Nephalem Bay passing through the towns of Manzanita, Nephalem, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi and Bay City.
Tillamook is a town of 4,700 people; it's a popular stop for tourists because of the Cheese industry located here. The farmland surrounding the city is used for grazing the milk cattle that supply Tillamook's production of cheese, particularly cheddar, gourmet ice cream and yogurt, and other dairy products. Approximately one million people visit the cheese factory each year. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Tillamook see: http://www.tillamookor.gov
Keep riding the US 101 for 44 mi (70.8 km) from Tillamook to Lincoln City; passing though the town of Cloverdale. Lincoln City is an incorporated city consisting of 6 former towns/communities with 7,900 people living along US 101. A popular attraction in Lincoln City is the Native American Chinook Winds Casino. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Lincoln City see: http://www.lincolncity.org
From Lincoln City to Newport take US 101 for 24.9 mi (40.1 km) - you'll ride around Siletz Bay and pass through the towns of Gleneden Beach, Depoe Bay, Beverly Beach, Agate Beach.
A good stop is Newport, a city of 10,000 people, located on Yaquina Bay at the half-way point on US 101. Newport is home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Deco district; an area downtown where all the buildings are Art Deco Style inspired by the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Make sure you stop by one of the many restaurants for a bite to eat before heading to the next stop 2 hours away. By the way, Newport is the Dungeness Crab capital of the world. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Newport see: http://www.newportoregon.gov
From Newport to Reedsport take the US 101 for 71.1 mi (114.4 km) over the Yaquina Bay Bridge, past the Newport Airport and through South Beach, Seal Rock, Bayshore, Waldport, Yachats, Florence and Dune City.
Reedsport is a town of 4,200 people. Just West of the town is an off-roader motorcycle paradise. __The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area __is 40 mi of coastline between Florence and Coos Bay, it attracts 1.5 million visitors each year. Visitors can explore the 6,000-acre (24 square kms) on dirt bikes, ATVs and dune buggies. Rentals are available at various establishments in the area. For more information about The Oregon Dunes see: DuneGuide.com
From Reedsport to Coos Bay continue the epic motorbike ride along US 101 for 27 mi (43.5 km) passing through Winchester, Lakeside, Saunders Lake and North Bend.
Coos Bay is a city of 16,000 people; the largest city on the Oregon coast. A popular stop is Mingus Park, Northwest of downtown Coos Bay, featuring a one-mile walking path that circles a pond and a Japanese garden. An 18-hole disc golf course is located in the woods of the North side of the park. You'll find a skate park in the Southeast, kids swing sets in the Southwest and a softball field in the East. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Coos Bay see: http://www.coosbay.org/
From Coos Bay to Brookings for the final stretch of the ride, continue on US 101 for 107 mi (172.2 km). Pass through the towns of Bandon, Sixes, Port Orford and Gold Beach.
Brookings is an area in Curry County of 13,000 people located in South Oregon near the California border. Walk along some great beaches and find spectacular photo opportunities at Chetco Point, just to the Southeast of Brookings. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Brookings see: http://www.brookings.or.us