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Top Choice Northwestern US in Florence

Waterfront Depot

This cozy, atmospheric joint is one of Florence's best restaurants. Come early to snag one of the few waterfront tables, then enjoy your jambalaya pasta or crab-encrusted halibut. There are excellent small plates, a…
Park in Charleston & Around

Shore Acres State Park

Beautiful rehabilitated gardens are the highlight of this unusual state park, 4 miles southwest of Charleston. Louis Simpson, a shipping and lumber magnate, was exploring for new stands of lumber in 1905 when he dis…
Park in Brookings

Samuel H Boardman State Park

Four miles north of Brookings, US 101 winds over 11 miles of headlands through Boardman State Park, which contains some of Oregon's most beautiful coastline. Along the highway are a number of roadside turnouts and p…
Park in Port Orford

Cape Blanco State Park

Nine miles north of Port Orford, this rugged promontory is the second-most-westerly point of the continental US and host to a fine state park with hiking trails spreading out over the headland. Sighted in 1603 by Sp…
Museum in Charleston & Around

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Charleston sits at the mouth of South Slough, a tidal river basin that turns into a vast, muddy estuary full of wildlife. Four miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Rd is this excellent interpretive center, with…
Park in Charleston & Around

Sunset Bay State Park

Three miles southwest of town on Cape Arago Hwy, this state park is nestled in a small, protected bay that once served as a safe harbor for fishing boats, and possibly pirates as well. Today it's popular with swimme…
Park in Port Orford

Humbug Mountain State Park

Six miles south of Port Orford, mountains edge down to the ocean, and the heavily wooded Humbug Mountain rises 1750ft from the surf. When European settlers first came to the area in 1851, the Tututni Native American…
Park in Port Orford

Port Orford Heads State Park

A short drive along Coast Guard Rd leads to this state park, which has the best location in town. A couple of 20-minute loop trails offer fine panoramic views and a closer look at coastal flora. Deer and bunnies liv…
Seafood in Port Orford

Redfish

At first glance this slick, sea-view restaurant would seem better located in Portland's Pearl District – it's even attached to a highbrow art gallery, owned by glass artist Chris Hawthorne and family. Redfish boasts…
Park in Brookings

Azalea Park

This is a glorious, hilly park showcasing hundreds of azaleas, along with other pretty flora. Blooms are best from April to June. On Memorial Day weekend, the park becomes the focus of the annual Azalea Festival, wi…