GOLF AND SO MUCH MORE IN BANDON
There is a Reason Travelers Return to this Majestic Place on the Southern Oregon Coast
With scenic attractions accessible year-round, one trip just isn’t enough. Visitors can choose from an a la carte menu of outdoor exploration on forest trails, scenic bikeways and waterways, and miles of public beach.
Bandon’s beaches are a memorable discovery. Rolling bluffs and offshore rocks are not just visually stunning — they provide habitat for marine wildlife and countless species of migratory birds. Multiple wayside parking areas, access paths and stairways are open all year. Guided birding and even horseback beach tours are also available.
Woods and streams add variety to the area’s scenic playground. Hiking trails range from moderate treks though estuary reserves to challenging forest climbs. Bandon is a popular stopover for Oregon Coast Highway cyclists. A few miles south of town, the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway takes riders past historic sites and landmarks, from the ocean to the woods, and back. Trail bikers can explore a working Oregon forest on Whiskey Run Trails.
Kayak or boat excursions on local waterways offer a departure from the everyday. The bustle of human life fades, replaced by sunlight on water and the sound of birdcall and the rippling waves.
The Southern Oregon Coast is a bucket list destination for many. And, Bandon has all the hallmarks of a coastal getaway, starting with a friendly small town vibe.
Newcomers are often surprised by the town’s award-winning and nationally recognized golf courses, restaurants, artisan foods and visual art projects. While Bandon’s outdoor attractions are always open, it’s smart to reserve a tee time on your favorite golf course. (Several hotels and vacation rentals offer golf-friendly perks such as stay and play packages or shuttle service to golf courses.) Cycling, kayaking and fishing guides also take bookings in advance.
Bandon’s History Museum is a treasure trove for history enthusiasts, with exhibits illustrating early life on the Southern Oregon Coast. Images and artifacts detail local farming and food production, forestry, fishing and maritime history.
The Gorse Blossom Festival in February highlights Bandon’s heritage and culture with a quirky angle on local horticulture. Not your average beer and wine fest, this event won Best Downtown Special Event by the Oregon Main Street program in 2017. Bandon’s annual Cranberry Festival is a lively introduction to the community as well as a time-honored tradition for residents each September. The longest running festival on the Oregon Coast, the Cranberry Festival boasts more than seven decades of fun with a parade, festival market, street dance and more.
Get trip-planning tips from the Bandon Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, online at Bandon.com.