Summary: Things to Do in Bandon, Oregon + Where to Stay + What to Bring
I have passed by Bandon, Oregon MULTIPLE TIMES without giving it the time of day. I truly had no idea how much there was to do in this area and how freaking gorgeous it is. Make it a weekend trip OR make it a stop along a long coastal road trip – either way, don’t be an idiot like me and skip it.
WHERE the heck is BANDON, OREGON?
- 4 hours from Portland, Oregon
- 2.5 hours from Eugene, Oregon
- 8.5 hours from San Francisco, California
- 7 hours from Seattle, Washington
WHAT TO DO in BANDON, OREGON (and surrounding area)
These dunes stretch 40 miles, so as you can imagine – there are a lot of hikes and areas worth exploring! My friend, Jake, and I decided to drive about 45 minutes north of Bandon. We used AllTrails to find what area we wanted to explore. The app was helpful while hiking too, as the trails can be tricky to find once on the dunes.
John Dellenback Trail
5.4 mile hike that takes you through some wild dune expanses with views of the ocean at times. We wandered around the dunes for hours, eventually relaxing in the sun for a while.
What to Bring:
- Enough water for the day
- Clothing layers – the temperature fluctuated quite a bit for us while we were exploring
- Sunscreen!! – the sun gets really hot reflecting off the sand!
- Hat – for more sun protection
- Shoes that are comfortable with sand in them, HA.
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint & Beach
This is one of those places where you drive up and it takes your breath away. Literally from the wind, and figuratively because it is a stunning stretch of coastline. Pack a carton of wine and your warm coat (if you’re going outside of the summer months) and settle in for a lovely sunset.
What to Bring:
- Warm layers – we got pretty chilly with the wind
- Blanket to sit on the sand and watch the sunset
- Your puppy (on a leash)
WHERE to STAY in BANDON OREGON
Stay in a YURT! With the weather being sub-optimal for camping and the potential of rain, we chose to rent a yurt at Bullards Beach State Park. You can check availability and book online HERE. The yurt is part of a campground, so camping is definitely an option here as well. Close enough to town, but far enough away to get a great star show at night!
- Bay Point Landing
- Horsfall Campground
- Oceanside RV Resort and Campground
- Airbnb (Get $55 off your first trip by booking through this link)