Oregon’s Scenic Byways offer a driver or passenger a taste of the wild and historic beauty of the Pacific Northwest. On some Byways one can experience the awe inspiring natural beauty of our state, sites with historical and cultural significance and the diverse terrains and climates Oregon has to offer.
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Volcanic Legacy: The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway is a stunning display of both nature’s inspiring beauty and its violent volcanic past. On this Scenic Byway one will encounter wet-lands, birds, historic sites, small towns and the ancient natural forces that formed our beautiful mountain lakes and snow capped peaks.
Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway: This Scenic Byway follows the North Umpqua River, the “Wild and Scenic” Rogue River and takes you through our cool, dense forests. In just an hour and a half one will pass half a dozen waterfalls and that’s not even the halfway point. Be sure to bring your walking shoes, some waterfalls are at the end of exhilarating trails.
The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway: The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway traces the Oregon Coastline from California to Washington along Highway 101. On this Scenic Byway one will wind their way along the coast, past marshes, wind sculpted dunes, seaside cliffs and a multitude of lighthouses. The Oregon coast is home to large colonies of sea lions and seals, shorebirds, migrating gray whales and is one of the most photographed regions in the nation.
The Cow Creek Scenic Tour Route: This is a short detour off I-5 where one can view quaint farms, old railroad towns, spring waterfalls wildflowers, and historic mines. Well worth the extra 45 miles off the beaten path.
Myrtle Creek-Canyonville Tour Route: The Myrtle Creek route guides one along the South Umpqua River, past historic sites, bountiful farmland, and the Milo Covered Bridge; through hills dotted with cattle, sheep and wild turkeys. The roadsides are painted with wildflowers in spring and the bright leaves of autumn.
Charleston to Bandon Tour Route: On this route, view seals, sea lions, eagles, elk, cranberry bogs and stop at the Louis B. Simpson gardens.