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Intriguing, Unusual Visions of Manzanita, N. Oregon Coast

Published 03/21/2013

(Manzanita, Oregon) – If you're looking for something a little different on the Oregon coast; if you’re a tad tired of the same beaches and places: the good news is that widening your horizons takes very little effort. Indeed, it's because the horizons are so broad here on these beaches.

You might start with Manzanita, on the north Oregon coast. Even if you've been there a lot, there are numerous things you've likely never seen.

Case in point: the famed Neahkahnie overlooks just north of town, where the ocean vistas consistently explode. Hit this spot enough and you'll discover some remarkable sights in terms of weather conditions, like this haboob-like oddity that encompassed the area on one rather stunning summer day. Spring, actually, is when you'll find more interesting cloud conditions.

Check out this spot at night and you may see more shooting stars than usual – at just about any time of year.

More delights are a quick drive north of here at the cliffs of Cape Falcon. You can actually hike onto some parts of this forested wonder. This is a closeup of the cliffs from a distant trailhead.

This is a wider view of Cape Falcon from the same trailhead. Just below here is the famed Short Sands Beach, a well known surfer spot.

Again, if you want to find a new aspect of the same beach, check it out at night. Here, Manzanita Beach is smothered in darkness, but the streetlamps vaguely light up the beachgrass, and the sky is lit in a seriously surreal manner by the moon and a bundle of clouds. You may be surprised by the finds on the beach at night, such as the occasional glimpse of glowing sand.

The very tip of Neahkahnie Mountain, as seen from the beach, has always been a bit of a mystery. There's a ragged arch visible in the distance, where the tip of the mountain dips into the ocean. This is what the intriguing feature looks like closeup – as seen through a zoom lens. Where to stay in this area - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour

To see more of the area, including these and a myriad of other surprises, see the Manzanita, Oregon Virtual Tour, and Map.

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