24 Hours In Yachats: Your Itinerary For Exploring This Delightful Coastal Town In Oregon
By Sarah McCosham|Updated on March 16, 2023(Originally published March 11, 2023)
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There are so many charming towns up and down the 363 miles of the Oregon Coast, but Yachats has an extra special place in our hearts. This delightful coastal locale has it all: a charming downtown, abundant scenic vistas, amazing restaurants, and quaint accommodations. We’ve put together the following itinerary for 24 hours in Yachats, Oregon, and we hope you’ll make this town your next day trip destination!
When was the last time you visited this Oregon Coast town? Are there any places you’d add to this itinerary for Yachats? Curious about what to expect in this town? Check out this YouTUbe video from Visit The Oregon Coast:
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Sarah M.|March 16, 2023
What are some other Oregon Coast towns that make good day trips?
There is nowhere better than the Oregon Coast. It’s 363 miles of sublime shoreline that opens right out into the picturesque Pacific Ocean, where you’ll find some of the grandest natural wonders in the country: massive monoliths, sea caves, and striking geological formations -- and the most charming small towns in Oregon, like:
Florence. It's no secret we adore Florence, Oregon. It's one of the most delightful towns on the Oregon Coast, and a treasure of a place to visit. Florence has a thriving downtown, full of charming shops and restaurants. Known as "Historic Old Town Florence," this downtown area is straight from a Hallmark movie! The scenery and outdoor recreation in Florence is amazing, too. While you're in the area, definitely visit Hecta Head Lighthouse. Located mere minutes from Florence, it's one of the most photographed lighthouses on the coast and a must-visit. Oh -- and don't forget the food. Florence is home to some standout restaurants, including Mo's, a delightful seafood shack that's a perennial Beaver State favorite!
Coos Bay. Coos Bay is a charming little coastal city many Oregonians flock to for a little escape. Right in the heart of the downtown area sits the Coos Bay Boardwalk, a delightful place to walk and wander. This wood-plank boardwalk has a pier that hosts a fish market, informative displays, and unparalleled views of Coos Bay. In terms of dining, there are also some amazing eats here, too, like SharkBites, which is rumored to have some of the best fish and chips on the Oregon Coast!
Bandon. Bandon is a treasure of a town that's criminally overlooked. Known for its stunning ocean vistas, Bandon offers amazing views and family-friendly beaches.The downtown is also a delight of a place, with weather-worn buildings housing a variety of charming shops and restaurants. Hungry? While in Bandon, a visit to Tony's Crab Shack is most definitely in order! The menu is full of tasty ocean treats, like clam chowder, crab cakes, oysters, lobster rolls, and of course, fresh Dungeness crab. The crabs are caught right in Bandon, or in nearby Winchester Bay and Coos Bay. They're about as fresh as they can possibly be. Tony's is definitely a place for your foodie bucket list.
Port Orford. Located in Curry County, Port Orford is a beautiful small town tucked into the dramatic coastal landscape. You can stroll along beautiful beaches, eat at delicious restaurants, walk to the top of Oregon’s oldest lighthouse, and more — all in Port Orford! Port Orford's most distinctive feature is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. Perched atop a beautiful cliff, Cape Blanco is the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast.