Coos Bay Travel Guide

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     It is a very beautiful small town 

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     We didn't have a lot of time to explore 

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     Birthplace of Steve Prefontaine 

Coos Bay Things to Do

  • The Coos Bay Board Walk

    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!

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  • Coos Bay Boardwalk

    Area in the middle of town with gorgeous sailing ships tied up and restaurants galore! Nice area for walking, eating and people watching.

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  • Viewing Roosevelt Elk at Dean's Creek

    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....

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  • Camping at Horsfalls Recreation Area

    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...

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  • Coos Art Museum

    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.

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  • Cape Arago Lighthouse

    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.

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  • Whale Watching

    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.

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  • North Cove Trail

    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.

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  • Cape Arago state park

    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.

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Coos Bay Restaurants

  • Sumin's Sushi Bar

    If you are looking for Asian food, the Sumin's Sushi Bar is for you. This restaurant is a mixture of Korean and Japanese food. The restaurant is located near the Information Center and across the Egyptian theater on Broadway Street in Coos Bay.It's a small and very inexpensive restaurant. Sushi and teriyaki

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  • Take out

    If you are in a hurry, you can call this Thai Restaurant and they pack lunch or dinner for you!Their Thai food is so delicious! I highly recommend this!Just call the restaurant in advance and just pick up your food! All their food are very delicous!

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  • Highly recommended Thai Restaurant in...

    I highly recommend this restaurant because their Thai food is the bum!The restaurant is decorated in Thai fashion, with nice wood carvings from Thailand. Once you enter the door of this restaurant, you feel great because of the ambience, very cool during the summer, airy, spacious, clean and very unique.The decorations from Thailand add freshness...

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  • Fish/Chips on the Bay

    Right under the Coos Bay Boardwalk sign, this is a good spot for fish and chips, chowder and more----we had 2 fish/chips, one chowder and 2 drinks at $14.95.Only 2 tables but seating outside on nice days on the pier. chowder

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  • Missing those Grilled Potatoes

    The back patio is amazing, they keep portable heaters on during the colder nights. The service is always excellent. The first time we ate there, I was a little freaked because the interior building was a little outdated and small. I am not sure if they remodeled or not. The bar is always a blast! Karaoke is super fun and the drinks are well priced...

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  • Charming restaurant in an old bank...

    Great atmosphere and well-prepared food - just off US 101 in downtown Coos Bay. I discovered it by accident, and it turned out to be one of those happy travel discoveries. Fresh seafood. Abundant salads.

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Coos Bay Shopping

  • The Shop

    A gift shop in Coos Bay. I am not sure why the owner cannot think of any other name when there are zillions of names of stores in the world!Shop at the The Shop.The store also serves ice cream which is great during the summer time when you are walking on Broadway Street looking for other cool stores.

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  • Buy Fish From the Peope Who Catch Them

    We found this unpretensious fishmarket down by the docks in nearby Charleston. Fish doesn't get much fresher than this.

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Coos Bay Warnings and Dangers

  • RV Parking Only- Beware

    The road shoulder parallel to the Board Walk is specifically for recreational vehicles only.For parking your car, you can go to the parking lot of the Information Center. It is free there and you can avoid being ticketed by the police!

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  • While walking on the beach,...

    While walking on the beach, watch for 'sneaker' waves, larger then normal waves, you dont see them coming.

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Coos Bay Off The Beaten Path

  • ATM/Cash

    Looking for an ATM or a bank? There's the Wells Fargo Bank close to the Information Center where you can access your account and get cash.

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  • The Infomation Center

    Not every town has it's own Tourist Bureau as it is costly to maintain it what with the present economy in the United States. However, in Coos Bay, the town has it's own Information Center staffed and ready for visitors!The Information Center is located in Broadway.Visitors can come here to get maps, pamphlets of other nearby tourist destinations,...

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  • Find Cape Arago Hwy and get to...

    Find Cape Arago Hwy and get to see the Botanical Gardens, Beautiful Ocean Over looks, Nice easy PAths to walk, Picnic Areas, And the nicest campground in the State 'Bastendorff Beach County Park' Stop in and say HI, I am the Caretaker / Ranger there

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    a small town picture show

    by yooperprof Written Mar 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This looks like it would be an interesting place to catch a current film. I love the neon hieroglyphics!

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