Just the model for what a small town art museum should be. Housed in an attractive art deco-esque building, and featuring a room dedicated to the memory of Steve Prefontaine, the great runner who called Coos Bay his home.
We spent a night camped out in the Horsfalls Recreation area, in the midst of the sand dunes.
We were fairly discouraged when we reached the first campground, and saw trailers lined up on the pavement, shoulder to shoulder, and quads screeching around everywhere. Music was blaring and booze was flowing. It looked to us like we were going to have to head further south to find a decent spot to spend the night. We decided to check out the other "loops" in the camp area, and we fell in love with the second loop. It was private, quiet and beautifully treed. A campground host was set up in the loop. The bathrooms had running water & flush toilets, but no showers.
We spent a wonderful night camped out here - less than a mile from the ocean. You could smell the ocean and feel the breeze coming off the water. That was a great spot, and I'd love to go back there again some day.
You can't miss the Coos Bay Board Walk! It is parallel to the traim tracks on Broadway. There is a huge shed over there where you can sit down and relax after a long walk in summer time.
Flag poles were put surrounding the board walk and the American Flags fly proudly in the sky!
There are plenty of picnic-tables with a great view over the ocean. Bring binoculars if you come here, it's a perfect place for whale watching.The top and sides of the cliffs are high and perfect vantagepoints, you only need some patience.
Eddy saw the first whale after fifteen minutes, first you look for the water spouting up unto the air, then you'll see the back of one or more whales on the surface. We saw humpbacks and orca killer whales, the last are easy to recognize with their black and white pattern.
We saw this on the map and took a little detour off 101 to see some Elk, and we were not disappointed! We got to one of the viewing parking lots and immediately saw a herd of around 40 Roosevelt Elk at a creek nearby. An old man also watching said we were lucky to see them so close....
It was crowded at the cape when we arrived because of the many sea lions. You could hear their honking from far away.
It's a beautiful place to take a few moments rest.
Confusingly, the Cape Arago Lighthouse is not on Cape Arago, but rather is three miles north on Point Gregory, and is not open to the public. View it from the trail at Sunset Bay.
Area in the middle of town with gorgeous sailing ships tied up and restaurants galore! Nice area for walking, eating and people watching.