The majesty of raw nature, one of the most dramatic coastlines on the West Coast, and a welcoming community are what you’ll find in the Southern Oregon city of Bandon. At only 250 miles from Portland and 420 miles from Seattle, driving to Bandon is doable in a day. And once you’re there, your biggest problem will be deciding what not to do.
This year-round destination is equally enchanting in the winter as in the summer, and the shoulder seasons of fall and spring bring their own beauty to this coastal town of 3,100.
The main attraction is the coastline. The juxtaposition of sea stacks, hidden coves, towering headlands and the constant Pacific surf combine to set the scene for a photo-worthy getaway. Forests, mountains, rivers and streams define the landscape that tumbles down to the sea.
What to do in such a stunning setting? Nothing at all if that is your wish. But for many, sport fishing, world-class golfing, hiking, cycling and beachcombing just scratch the surface. The best way to get your Bandon bearings before you arrive is by visiting https://bandon.com/. There, you can browse lodgings and make reservations, find out who’s serving Bandon’s famous farm-to-table and sea-to-table cuisine, scope out your favorite activities and much more.
In Bandon, there are three essential spots you shouldn’t miss. First, Bandon’s historic Old Town along the Coquille River Waterfront is the hub of shopping and galleries. This is the place to check out works of local artists, shop for unique gifts and pause at a bakery or coffee house along the way. Find an Old Town walking map and business directory at https://bandon.com/old-town/.
Next, head just north of town to Bullard’s Beach State Park, home of the historic Coquille River Lighthouse. You don’t have to be a lighthouse nerd to appreciate the picturesque beauty of this spot with a stroll along the beach with views of the lighthouse above.
Finally, a jaw-dropping collection of sea-stack rock formations are the main attraction at the beaches of the Bandon State Natural Area. Bring your camera. And watch for bird life and marine mammals, such as sea lions.
Bandon’s climate is temperate. As at most Northwest destinations, you should gear up for rain in winter, fair weather in summer and anything in between.
Plan your Bandon getaway at https://bandon.com/.