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Yachats & Around/USA

Introducing Yachats & Around

One of the Oregon coast's best-kept secrets is the neat and friendly little town of Yachats (ya-hots). Lying at the base of massive Cape Perpetua, Yachats offers the memorable scenery of a rugged and windswept land. People come to small, remote inns and B&Bs just south of town to get away from the big cities, which isn't hard to do along this undeveloped coast.

Beginning at Cape Perpetua and continuing south about 20 miles is some spectacular shoreline. This entire area was once a series of volcanic intrusions which resisted the pummeling of the Pacific long enough to rise as oceanside peaks and promontories. Acres of tide pools are home to starfish, sea anemones and sea lions. Picturesque Heceta Lighthouse rises above the surf, while tiny beaches line the cliffs. There's plenty to see in the area, especially if you're a nature fan.

For an artsy souvenir to take back home, stop in at Touchstone Gallery, where more than two dozen Northwest artists are represented in colorful glass, whimsical pottery, unique jewelry and other creative mediums. Prices are surprisingly affordable; it's located across from Overleaf Lodge.