After summertime crowds retreat from the beach, autumn is the perfect season to head to the Oregon Coast and explore the Coos Bay area. From the endless ocean to rolling dunes, fine dining to playing the slots, read on for adventurous fall vacation ideas.
Surf's up in Oregon year-round, with waves getting better as the weather gets cooler. Rent gear at a surf shop in Coos Bay, then, head to Bastendorff Beach near Charleston to hang ten with friendly locals. Don't forget the booties, gloves and hood - you're gonna need them!
If you've ever dreamt of wandering in a desert with dunes towering above you, no need to head to the Middle East. The 32,000-acre Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is bounded by ocean and lakes, providing numerous activities in the dunes between. Rent ATVs or go horseback riding, take a hike, snap stunning photographs and camp beneath the stars.
Local fishing shops provide the gear and you provide the gumption, when you rent a boat and equipment to go crabbing on the Oregon coast. Dungeness crab is the goal, and your patience will lead to a delicious dinner cooked just for you back at the dock.
When you're ready to roll the dice, the nearby Mill Casino offers over 700 slot machines and Vegas-style table games. Their 6 eateries range from fine dining to a bakery café, ensuring you'll stay satiated and content as you tempt Lady Luck.