My name is Shirin and I am an Iranian American living in the Pacific Northwest. Welcome to my journal where I share my travels throughout the PNW and beyond!
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May 16, 2023
One of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the accessibility to the mountains and coast. The coast regions along Oregon and Washington are absolutely stunning, and many are dog friendly! I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to bring their furry friend to the beach?! Regardless of if you have a dog, the Oregon Coast is definitely worth visiting, however the focus of this blog will be specifically for your fido. If you are wanting to know more about dog friendly cities along the Oregon Coast, keep reading!
Along the Oregon Coast you can expect to find gorgeous ocean views, hikes, dog friendly areas and whale watching. All beaches along the Oregon coast are easy to access, open to the public, and some even have a small cute charm. Below are some of my favorite dog friendly cities along the Oregon Coast.’
Closer to Portland, you can expect this to be very busy but absolutely stunning. Endless amounts of restaurants, bars, and hotels makes this area a plus. If your dog is well-behaved, technically these beaches are dog friendly without a leash. If your dog has difficulty with recall, then best to keep them on a leash. In addition to the beaches, there are hiking trails for you to explore sights of Twilight and various rock formations.
Out of all my favorite dog friendly cities along the Oregon Coast, this has to be my favorite. Primarily because it is more quiet, but also has a small time neighborhood feel. You won’t find late night bars or restaurants here, but you can find some great food and drinks at MacGregor’s. You will want to time your meals right as many places close early.
Lincoln City has seven miles of beaches to explore, as well of my favorite hikes, God’s Thumb! In addition the hikes, there is also a small town where you can find shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and a casino.
I know this trip is all about your dog, but you can treat yourself too, right?! I promise you won’t regret it if you find yourself at Pelican Brewing, the only beachfront brewpub in the PNW.
This is by far the furthest from Portland, but talk about beauty! The drive leading up to Gold Beach is a true rainforest.
Florence- Florence is a small town known for their sand dunes. You will find a lot of off roading in the Oregon Dunes, but there are also some hiking trails. We went deep enough into the hiking trails that our dog was able to stay off leash and enjoyed the ups and downs of the sand dunes! Further in the Siuslaw National Forest you will find a hike filled with waterfalls at the Sweet Creek Trail. After hitting up the dunes you can then enjoy the number of dog friendly restaurants in downtown.
Rockaway Beach- Rockaway beach is one of my favorites because it is more “off the beaten path,” quiet, low-key and still beach accessible. Rockaway beach is about 20 minutes south of Manzanita. At Rockaway beach you will find a 7-mile sandy beach. One of the popular things to do here is visit the South Jetty of Nehalam Bay, as well as Manhattan Beach State Park, which may be quieter.
Coos Bay- Coos Bay was such a surprise to me! With stellar food trucks on Front Street and a super cute downtown, it is a must! Being by far the furthest from Portland makes it a little tough for a weekend trip, but doable. Once there, some places to visit are: Shore Acres State Park, Cape Arago State Park, the Coos Bay boardwalk, Sunset Bay State Park and Bastendorff Beach. Bastendorff was the most remote and accessible to let fido off-leash. The road ends at Cape Arago State Park
Cape Lookout State Park
Though Cape Lookout is a popular destination spot, this is a great spot to also bring your dog! You will find you and your fido exploring the Manhattan Beach State Park Recreation Site. There are not a ton of food options within this area, therefore, plan on bringing your own snacks. When bringing your dog, there is an off-leash dog area on the north side of the beach. If off leash isn’t your thing, you will find a fairly easy 5-mile hiking trail, Cape Trail, which you can also do!
Once you have traveled to all the above dog friendly cities along the Oregon Coast let me know which was your favorite!
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