Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - Oregon

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  • The Old Alsea Bay Bridge Model

    Set behind glass is a model of the old Alsea Bay Bridge.

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  • Conde B. McCullough

    Oregon's state engineer, Conde B. McCullough, oversaw the building of many of Oregon's historic bridges.

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  • Timeline at the Alsea Bay Interpretive Center

    A timeline shows the events from 1930 at the Alsea Bay Interpretive Center.

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  • Painting of the Alsea Bay Bridge

    A painting at the interpretive center shows the new Alsea Bay Bridge.

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  • Curve on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

    As travelers follow the bend in the road, they come across an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Truck on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

    A truck rounds a bend on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and catches an eyeful of the ocean.

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  • Truck on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

    Puffy white clouds hang over the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Coastal Shores of the Pacific

    White surf crashes against the rocks on the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean in Oregon.

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  • Coastal Shores of the Pacific

    An aerial view shows a truck passing by the shoreline of the crashing surf.

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  • Coastal Shores of the Pacific

    Thickly forested trees block the shoreline of blue green ocean water.

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  • Peeking Over the Edge on the Pacific Coast

    A visitor peeks over the edge of a rock lookout on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

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  • Dew-Spangled Spider's Web

    A delicate spider's web is strung between two branches.

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  • A Peek at the Pacific Shoreline

    Peeking through trees at this overlook, the traveler can see clearly the rugged shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • A Peek at the Pacific Shoreline

    Peeking through trees at this overlook, the traveler can see clearly the rugged shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • A Peek at the Pacific Shoreline

    White clouds cover the tip of forested hills along the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Oregon's Pacific Coast: Where Waves Meet the Land on

    The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway brings the traveler to the tumultuous spot where the ocean meets the land.

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  • Harbor on Oregon's Pacific Coast

    A boat takes refuge in a harbor off the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

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  • Docking in the Harbor

    Boats line the harbor on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

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  • Evergreens Around the Harbor

    A smaller boat zips around the clear blue waters of the tree edged harbor.

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  • Cars at a Pacific Ocean Overlook

    Cars line up so that visitors can take advantage of the well placed overlook for the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Oregon's Pacific Coast: Where Waves Meet the Land

    A house up on the hills of the shoreline looks down on the churning waters of the ocean.

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  • Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast

    A white lighthouse with a red roof still stands as a beacon of safety and warning on the Oregon Coast.

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  • Bridge on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

    A visitor strolls on a sandy beach beneath an arch bridge on Oregon's Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

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  • Foot of Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway

    This bridge in Oregon seems to naturally grow from the sand.

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  • Pacific Coast Highway Bridge in Oregon

    Engineered for endurance and elegance, this bridge on the Oregon Coast has withstood the test of time.

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  • Bridge on Oregon's Pacific Coast

    Engineered for endurance and elegance, this bridge on the Oregon Coast has withstood the test of time.

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  • Foot of a Pacific Coast Highway Bridge

    This bridge in Oregon seems to naturally grow from the sand.

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  • Foot of a Pacific Coast Highway Bridge

    This bridge in Oregon seems to naturally grow from the sand.

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  • Wandering Oregon's Pacific Coast

    A solitary traveler rambles the sandy shores of the Pacific Coast.

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  • Ocean and Forested Hills

    The unique geography of the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway brings forested hills and the ocean together.

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  • Cannon Beach

    A prominent rock formation rises above the waters of Cannon Beach.

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  • Bicyclists at Seal Rock

    Bicyclists at Seal Rock take a moment to view the water.

  • Alsea Bay Bridge on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

    The Alsea Bay bridge spans over the serene blue waters on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

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  • The Old Alsea Bay Bridge Model

    This model represents the old Alsea Bay Bridge, designed by Oregon State Engineer, Conde B. McCullough.

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  • Alsea Bay Interpretive Center

    This interpretive center tells about the life of Conde B. McCullough, as well as early Native American life in the area.

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  • Waves Breaking before Off Shore Islands

    From the bluffs, the beach and ocean at Cape Blanco spread out across a misty horizon.

  • Rock Spire on the Beach at Cape Blanco

    A rock spire juts up from the sand, and driftwood lays scattered on the beach at Cape Blanco on the Pacific Ocean.

  • Oregon Beach

    Weathered driftwood litters one of many beautiful and rugged beaches along the coast of Oregon.

  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse

    The Yaquina Head Lighthouse can be clearly seen against the bright blue of the Oregon sky.

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  • Aerial View of Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

    A clear summer day shows the extent of Bandon Marsh.

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  • Aerial View of Scenic Pullout at Siletz Bay

    This photo gives a birds-eye view of a scenic pullout at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Aerial View of Siletz Bay

    A sunny day shines over the roads, bridges and estuary at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • The Pacific Ocean Along the Oregon Coast

    The mighty Pacific Ocean crashes against the rocks along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in Oregon.

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  • Pillar at Cape Blanco

    Wild irises and lupines grow in profusion on the bluffs above the beach at Cape Blanco.

  • Neahkahnie Mountain

    This slide shows an example of the historic CCC rock wall work on Neahkahnie Mountain, high above the beautiful Pacific Ocean in fabulous Tillamook County.

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  • Cape Creek Bridge

    The Cape Creek Bridge, another McCullough engineering masterpiece, sits high above Devil's Elbow State Park, one of the many beach accesses in Lane County, just south of Cape Perpetua. Directly adjacent to this structure is the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse.

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  • A Contrast of Elements

    A small stretch along the coast can be seen against the rough edged cliff walls.

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  • Distant Lighthouse on Oregon's Pacific Coast

    Pushing constantly against the rocky coast that meets it, the blue waters of the ocean are watched over by a lighthouse on the coast.

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  • Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in Oregon

    The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in Oregon combines a drive along the beach with a drive through the forest. The byway is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and pine-covered mountains to the east.

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  • The Pacific Ocean and Entrance to Sea Lion Caves

    The Pacific Ocean and the entrance to the Sea Lion Caves can be seen from the Sea Lion Caves Visitor Center on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. The Heceta Head Lighthouse is visible in the distance.

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  • Cape Blanco Light

    The Cape Blanco lighthouse stands on the farthest western point in the continental U.S.

  • Aerial View of Bandon Marsh

    A clear summer day shows the extent of Bandon Marsh.

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  • Viewpoint of Bandon Marsh

    This particular spot on the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge offers a bench for visitors to take a seat while enjoying the wildlife.

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  • Construction of New Overlook Area at Bandon Marsh

    This new overlook area, which is under construction, will include parking for vehicles, buses, and RVs as well as a small viewing platform.

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  • Observation Deck of Bandon Marsh

    This observation deck offers a picture perfect view of Bandon Marsh Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Aerial View of Bandon Marsh

    Fly over Bandon Marsh to enjoy a different perspective of the beautiful green landscape of this Wildlife Refuge

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  • Aerial View of Cape Meares

    Giant Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees accent the sheer cliffs of the coastline at Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Cape Meares Lighthouse

    The Cape Meares Lighthouse, available for tours from April through October, contrasts with the clear blue sky at Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Cape Meares Observation Deck

    The observation deck at Cape Meares is the perfect place to watch for migrating whales, sea birds, or the indelible horizon.

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  • Cape Meares Octopus Tree

    This peculiarly shaped Sitka Spruce, nicknamed the \"Octopus Tree\", can be found along one of the many trails at Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Oregon Coast Trail at Cape Meares

    The Oregon Coast Trail, which meanders along the entire coastline of Oregon, offers the opportunity to spot elk, bald eagles, and other forest animals.

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  • Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

    Located in the top center of this slide, the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is located in Lane County on the Central Oregon Coast. This center provides information about the flora and fauna of this diverse region and provides maps and other interpretive material to such defining features as the magnificent Devil's Churn.

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  • Tillamook County Pastures

    This depicts a typical pastural setting along rural US 101 away from the coast in Tillamook County.

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  • Yaquina Bay Bridge and the Newport Waterfront

    The Yaquina Bay Bridge is a marvelous example of a historic Conde McCullough Bridge. The second longest of the McCullough bridges, this structure serves as the Gateway to the Newport Marina and Waterfront, one of the busiest maritime activity centers on the Oregon Coast.

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  • Heceta Head Lighthouse

    Deep blue ocean and misty tree-covered coastline provide a backdrop to Heceta Head Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. Also on this property is a beautifully restored lighthouse keeper's home that is open for interpretive tours.

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  • Coquille Point at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

    The deep teal ocean crashes and foams against the rocks that trail out away from the land at Coquille Point.

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  • Battle Rock Wayfinding Point at Oregon Islands

    This interpretive panel provides information about Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Ecola Point State Park at Oregon Islands

    The lush vegetation comes to an abrupt stop as the land becomes the sheer face of a cliff against a clear blue sky at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Harris Beach State Park at Oregon Islands

    In the green and shallow ocean off of the coast of Harris Beach State Park, the geography of the land under the water can be seen if you look closely from overhead.

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  • Haystock Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon Islands

    Visitors to Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge stop at Haystock Rock to view the nesting tufted puffins.

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  • Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon Islands

    A lighthouse watches over the gigantic rocks that protect this small harbor from the perils of the sea.

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  • Simpson Reef Overlook at Oregon Islands

    Thousands of sea lions and seals gather onto the sandy beach of this small island, part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Oregon South Coast, Oregon Islands

    The deep greens of the rich vegetation run down the mountain until the mountain itself meets the ocean in an array of scattered rocks.

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  • Yaquina Head, Oregon Islands

    Guardian of the island, this lighthouse looks out to the white-foam sea at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • View of Three Arch Rocks from Cape Meares

    Shadowed by the sun, Three Arch Rocks appears flawless from the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint.

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  • Three Arch Rocks

    The blue sky shines through the small arches in each of the rocks at the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Oceanside Beach State Recreation Point

    Three Arch Rocks monitors the progress of the waves coming into the shore at Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Snag Alley at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    The starched remnants of trees stand as a reminder for a time when this marshland was drained and converted to a pasture and the restoration of the marshland killed off the trees.

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  • Coastal Shores of the Pacific

    The blue green of the ocean creates a startling contrast against the white surf of the waves crashing against the rocks on the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean in Oregon.

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  • Captain Cook Point

    A misty outline of the water can be seen as waves crash against the rocky beaches of Cape Perpetua.

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  • Cape Blanco

    Wild Siberian irises grow on golden bluffs above a beach at Cape Blanco on the Pacific Ocean.

  • Looking South at Cape Blanco

    The fluid and living blue-green waters of the Pacific offer a striking contrast to the stable gold rocks and dry vegetation on the coastline. Looking to the south, past the headland, Cape Blanco offers one of the most scenic spots along the Oregon coast.

  • Oregon National Historic Trail

    The Oregon National Historic Trail runs along a wood fence as a crystal sky hangs overhead.

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Oregon's Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

    Oregon's Pacific Coast Scenic Byway receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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  • A Great Egret Fishing

    A Great Egret fishes in a pond along the Oregon coast.

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