North Bend’s history boasts of a prominent role in the development of aviation and the early coastal frontier. As part of Oregon’s Adventure Coast, this city offers plenty of activities no matter your style of adventure. Check out a few outdoor events and excursions in North Bend this summer.
Known as “the city that believes in itself,” North Bend proves proud of its town and heritage. A walking map available at the North Bend Information Center lays out a trek to explore the historic sites of this spectacular area. Grab your walking shoes and get moving with this historic tour.
A Bridge and a Boxcar
While the walk includes too many sights to name, the McCullough Bridge cannot be missed. Built in 1936, this coastal bridge joins four others to complete the Roosevelt Highway. Its graceful expansion over the bay beckons guests. The Merci Boxcar of 1949, filled with gifts, arrived in appreciation from the French after U.S. World War II aid. Known as “forty & eight,” the car carried 40 men or eight horses during World War I. Each state received one of these boxcars. Oregon’s came to North Bend in 2006.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Forty miles of wind-sculpted dunes prove breathtaking and adventurous for visitors to North Bend. Summer brings perfect weather for climbing or riding on these granular piles that stack up to 500 feet above sea level for a spectacular view of the bay. And, activities at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area range across all ages.
Hiking in the coastal forests or relaxing on the year-round beaches brings activity and rest. But, plenty more opportunities exist on these sand expanses. Horseback riding and camping entertain the land lovers. Sailing, water skiing, swimming, scuba diving, canoeing and fishing attract those drawn to water. The opportunities to explore photography seem endless amid this landscape. Beyond dunes and beaches, this area boasts thick, treed islands, coastal forests, hidden lakes and marsh-like plains. Be sure to pack your camera. For a bit more adventure, rent a dune or an ATV or bring your own to make tracks across this sandy region. Thousands of riders travel yearly to explore the Oregon Dunes between Spinreel Campground and Horsfall Road. Join them this year.
A Host of Events and Eateries
From kicking back at the beach to running events, there are activities for people of all ages. Try your luck as a casino, go fishing, sip craft beer or participate in a three-day party. There is always something fun to do in North Bend.
Locals and visitors love the variety and tranquility of Horsfall Beach. In fact, Sunset Magazine recognized this North Bend beach as a top ten walking beach. Surf fishing, horseback riding and off-road vehicle adventures occupy guests beyond foot traffic. Put on those hikers and explore the sands, plain wetlands and inland dunes at Horsfall Beach.
Annual Running Events
Running events across North Bend bring action and fitness to the summer months. The 17th Annual Kentuck Run in July hosts 1-milers, 5K and 15K runners across rolling roads. And, the Annual Circle the Bay 30km Run/Walk/Relay adds individual and group races to the docket in August.
The Mill Casino
Hosting over 700 slots and Vegas-style table games, The Mill Casino entertains players. But the summer at The Mill must include the outdoor RV Jamboree. This three-day experience in mid-July hosts fun and friendship. An RV Show, Poker Run and trip to Shore Acres State Park are part of the package. Plus, a traditional salmon feast on Coos Bay remains a memorable part of the event.
BBQ, Blues & Brews by the Bay
Looking for a finger-licking taste of North Bend? The three days of BBQ, Blues & Brews does not disappoint. Chicken, ribs, pork and brisket served up for the judges are available sample-style for attendees. And, that is not all the eats. Baked beans, meatballs and samples from the mac-n-cheese challenge tantalize the taste buds as well. To wash it all down, enjoy craft beer from over 20 Northwest craft breweries. A passport buys attendees a swig of them all. Plus, at the end of the weekend, sippers vote for their favorite. Add music to this Memorial Day weekend event for a complete experience. The view of Coos Bay with live outdoor music, food and drink is nothing short of festive.
Celebrating the anniversary of North Bend, the July Jubilee is a three-day party. The days fill with music, food and fun in this historic setting. A Classic Car Show-n-Shine, an All Car Cruise, storytelling and guided historical walks comprise the birthday party itinerary. Put on your birthday hat and join the celebration.
Mill-luck Salmon Celebration
Celebrating Native American and Coquille Tribal culture, North Bend hosts the Mill-luck Salmon Celebration in early September. This festival sponsors canoe races, exhibitions and rides, features Native drummers and dancers, and lines the area with Native vendors. Learn amid these cultural festivities in North Bend.
And, there is more! Stop by. Stay awhile. You may just be at home. North Bend lives up expectations as part of Oregon’s Adventure Coast.
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