The Coos Bay-Charleston-North Bend metropolitan area, collectively known as the Bay Area (population 25,000), is the gateway to rewarding recreational experiences. The town of Coos Bay lies next to the largest natural harbor between San Francisco Bay and Seattle's Puget Sound. A century ago, vast quantities of lumber cut from the Coast Range were milled in Coos Bay and shipped around the world. Coos Bay still has a reputation as a rough-and-ready port city, but with mill closures and dwindling lumber reserves it is looking to tourism and other industries for economic growth. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Explore glass-like obsidian lava flows, a lava-tube cave, miles of hiking trails and gorgeous alpine lakes at Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
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Check local outfitters for summer rafting on this scenic river. Family-friendly trips cover Class I to III rapids with time for swimming and a picnic.
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The largest expanse of coastal sand dunes on the continent is popular with off-road vehicle drivers. Visit the day-use area for a quiet dune walk.
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National parks and state parks are beautiful places to visit and go hiking. Maximize your fun by avoiding these common mistakes - like running out of gas or getting dehydrated.
Birds of prey, otters, bobcats, Gila monsters, firearms and a 19th-century stagecoach are among the exhibits at this attraction just south of Bend.
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Love cycling? Try the Timpoochee Trail, Deer Valley trails and 8 other beautiful bike paths throughout America.
Explore Cape Arago State Park to see seals and sea lions and explore the fascinating world of tide pools. Look offshore for migrating gray whales.
Explore the beauty of the U.S. on one of these 9 breathtaking roadways, including Dalton Highway and Moki Dugway.
Follow the official Bend Ale Trail to sample around a dozen locally produced beers, brewed by artisans using varied techniques in a range of styles.
Birdwatcher or not, take time to enjoy the nearly 400 species seen here, from eagles to loons to puffins. Shorebirds throng beaches during migration.
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