Featuring an interesting location - surrounded on two sides by Coos Bay (the water mass) and two sides by Coos Bay (the city) - North Bend is a wonderful place to visit if you want a small-town atmosphere with no shortage of natural beauty. With the ocean, the famous sand dunes, rivers, and forests nearby, and all the amenities of a city, North Bend is one of the undiscovered hotspots of the coast. When you stay at one of our North Bend lodging options, or any of our Southern Oregon Coast vacation rentals, you will find yourself comfortable, relaxed, and ready to explore the area!
North Bend Attractions
If you enter town from the north, you will drive across the North Bend Bridge (one of the most iconic on the coast) and have panoramic views of the dunes, forests, and the bay as you cross the mile-long bridge and reach the edge of the city. In North Bend you will find cultural influences of the Native Americans who originally settled this land, and the loggers and millers who lived here during the town's heyday. In fact, logging is still an important industry here, and the influences of Native Americans (especially the Coos tribe, who lend their name to the bay, river, county, and more) can be seen everywhere. The friendly, modern residents who live here now know that historic-and-charming North Bend is a great place to visit. Drive along the main roads - Sherman Avenue and Virginia Avenue especially - and see the mix of historic buildings housing art galleries and antique shops, and the newer buildings which host coffee shops and bookstores. You can go shopping at Pony Village Mall, visit the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum, and try your luck at The Mill Casino. When you choose our North Bend lodging, you will have easy access to all the attractions both in and around the city.
Oregon Sand and Surf
If you're familiar with the Oregon Coast, you know that it has spectacular coastline, ranging from sheer rocky cliffs to soft, supple sand dotted with tiny shells. North Bend may not be right on the ocean, but it's a quick drive over to the sandy shore. In fact, just north of town is the southern border of the famous Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which is one of the very best places to go ATV-riding, sandboarding, off-roading, and hiking on the majestic sand dunes. From town you can use the public boat launch to explore the large expanse of Coos Bay on your own boat, or you could set out on a fishing charter and try to catch fresh fish for dinner! Around North Bend (and the neighboring city of Coos Bay) you will find plenty of fishers and hunters who will tell you this section of the state is a great place to fill your salmon and deer tags. And, with the ocean, the bay, and rivers nearby, you will have plenty of water available.
Southern Oregon Coast Day Trips
While you're visiting, you will find plenty in North Bend to keep you busy. However, if you feel like taking a trip up or down the coast, you can find even more adventures! The Southern Coast is a more sparsely-populated, relaxed part of the state than the coastline to the north. Drive south about 25 miles you will reach lovely Bandon and its cute downtown area, or you could stop in for a round of golf at Bandon Dunes, one of the top-ranked courses in the entire country. If you head north instead, a pleasantly scenic 50-minute drive will take you to wonderful Florence. Of course, you could always stick closer to your North Bend lodging and explore the North Bend/Coos Bay area. With so many restaurants, shops, and historic corners of the town, you will have plenty of ways to keep busy here. And, with the bay, ocean, forests, and the sand dunes all surrounding the city, North Bend is a great place to plan your next Southern Oregon Coast vacation!
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