Just 6 miles from the California border, Brookings is a balmy and bustling commercial town on the bay of the Chetco River. Tourists are drawn here more for the surrounding area than anything else: there's world-class salmon and steelhead fishing upriver, and the coastline to the north is some of Oregon's most gorgeous. Winter temperatures hover around 60°F, making Brookings the state's 'banana belt' and a leader in Easter lily-bulb production; in July, fields south of town are filled with bright colors and a heavy scent.
Roads lead inland from Brookings up the Chetco River to the western edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Oregon's only redwood forests are also found in this area.