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Cape Arago State Park

Coos Bay, OR
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Coos Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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Vancouver, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It was a pleasant surprise to see hundreds of sea lions gathered along the coast of the park. And the park volunteers are very helpful explaining to us the habitats and the volunteers even provided telescopes so we can the sea lions from a distance

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Portland, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Be sure to stop at the Simpson Wildlife Viewing area, especially if it's sunny, and bring binoculars. You can see the seals and sea lions hanging out on nearby rocks. Then, go out to the viewing area at the end of the Cape. We saw a whale from here. You can also hike down to a viewpoint to the north... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a beautiful park with some hiking trails, there are a lot of sea lions out there and one trail is closed during pupping season.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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385 reviews 385 reviews
106 attraction reviews
462 helpful votes 462 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It was a bit foggy so the view of the coastline wasn't vast but it was awesome. The water was clear, shaggy rocky coastline and lots of sea life barking in the distance. They have flush toilets, old but a great convenience. A nice picnic pavilion with parking is located by the restrooms. We enjoyed the fresh air and the... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place is beautiful. Be sure to bring your binoculars and stop at view point Simpson Reef where all the seals are on the rocks on Shell Island. It will be good to go when the day is clear as you will be able to get a better view of the many seals and sea lions on the rocks!!! An... More

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Salida, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful coastal drive from Coos Bay out to the parks. Plenty of hiking opportunities exist or stop along all the turnouts available, but do stop and check out the coastline with its unique rock formations. The botanical garden at Shore Acres was stunning with its huge array of roses and other non native flowers.While you are there go to the... More

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Boise, Idaho
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81 reviews 81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you like tide pool exploring, this is the place to go. Bit of a steep hike but worth the effort. I like the hike (past the restrooms) on the N side of the park best. Don't forget your camera, the views can be spectacular at the top of the park.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We did Cape Arago as a day trip from where we were staying in Florence, and we had time to stop at the dunes near Florence also. I've seen most of the Oregon coast, and Cape Arago is one of the most dramatic sections, I think. There are helpful volunteers in the park who will help identify the animals you... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Perfect place to explore Oregon coast. Anyone can look at a beach anywhere, but this coastline is FANTASTIC.

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Portland, OR
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53 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Located at the end of Cape Arago Highway, this state park is easily reached from the Bandon or Coos Bay areas. Sunset Bay and Shore Acres are all very close and can be visited in a combined trip. There is a pull out to the right of the road where one can see a large number of seals and sea... More

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