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WEEKENDER

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Conde B McCullough
Memorial Bridge
PACIFIC
OCEAN
Sunset Bay
State Park

North Bend

COOS BAY

N

Charleston
Whiskey Run
Trails

2 miles
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● The docks at the
Charleston marina are
prime crabbing grounds-if
the seals don't steal your
bait. Rent a ring at Basin
Tackle ($15.50 for two days
with a bucket and gauge) or
get tips on how to find
clams in the flats around
you. 63510 Kingfisher Rd.

The Coos History
Museum features hundreds

● Coos Bay sits shielded
from the open ocean by a
roadless, sandy spit, so
you'll have to head to
Horsfall Beach north of
town for those long walks
amid sea breezes. The area is
popular with dune buggies,
but you can wander south
of the parking lot for quiet
contemplation. Bring a
fishing rod and cast into
the waves for surfperch.

SHOPS

● Three state parks are
reachable within about a
10-minute drive south of
Charleston, and each has its
own splendor. Sunset Bay
State Park, an inlet guarded
by sea stacks, is one of the
nicest areas along the entire
coast to swim. Trails run
about four miles south from
here, passing Shore Acres
State Park, a great place for
storm watching or wandering the botanical gardens.

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of thousands of artifacts
that document the region's
ever shifting fate-from
prehistoric times through
the industrial periods of
logging, coal mining, and
shipbuilding, and into the
modern day-with rotating
exhibits on local culture.
1210 N. Front St.

This part of Oregon is
well-known for its cranberry harvests, and
Cranberry Sweets in Coos
Bay brings that bounty to
your belly. Swing by for
pates de fruits, caramels,
and pie candies-bites of
jellied fruit dipped in chocolate. 1005 Newmark Ave.
●

Writer Adam Sawyer once
noted that if you thought
about a hoodie, a stalk of
celery, and a shoehorn, the
items would appear on aisle
5 of Charleston's Davey
Jones Locker. The eclectic
store also serves pizza and
sandwiches, making it a
good stop on the way to the
beach. - T I M N E V I L L E
●

TOP: The Coos History Museum is filled with seafaring artifacts.
BOTTOM: Take in panoramic ocean views at Cape Arago State Park.

IF
YOU
GO

Call ahead to confirm the status of any
place you plan to visit and consult the
latest travel information at AAA.com/covid.

HELYNN OSPINA (2); MAP: JOYCE PENDOLA

SIGHTS

Continue on to Cape Arago
State Park for sweeping
views of the Pacific.


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