Top 7 Scenic Landmarks Near Depoe Bay

image of Yaquina Head Lighthouse top scenic landmarks near Depoe Bay

Where the Pacific Ocean meets the sandy beaches and rocky coastline, the Oregon Coast is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Add these top seven scenic landmarks near Depoe Bay to your travel itinerary during your stay at Channel House.


Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area

Located in Otter Rock, just ten minutes from the center of Depoe Bay is the iconic scenic landmark of Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area. Years of erosion from sand and sea has carved out this naturally occurring bowl into the open rock. Water from the Pacific Ocean rushes in and out of the bowl, swirling and foaming like the inside of a punchbowl. As one of the top scenic landmarks in Depoe Bay, it is a must-see during your stay.

Cape Foulweather

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View from Cape Foulweather along the Pacific coast in Oregon.

Grab your camera and head out to one of the most popular and picturesque areas along the Oregon Coast, Cape Foulweather. This scenic landmark near Depoe Bay is located approximately three miles south of town and offers both history and scenic viewpoints. The history of Oregon began at the historical site of “Bald Knob”, which descends over 500 ft. above the Pacific Ocean. Making this one of the best viewpoints along the Oregon Coast.

Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint

Just one mile north of Depoe Bay is Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint. Overlooking Boiler Bay, this viewpoint is named after the remains of a ship’s boiler, which can be seen at low tide. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this a great place to spot whales year-round. And for those who are willing to brave the choppy waters, it is a great place to catch a wild wave. Also, Boiler Bay is a great spot for birdwatching with chances to see shearwaters, grebes, jaegers, and many more.

Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint

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Waves hitting the rocks at the Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint on the Oregon Coast.

Where the black sharp lava rocks clearly define the intersection of sea and land, Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint offers a dramatic viewpoint that brings you close to the action. Here you can gain front row seats to some of the best whale watching spots along the Oregon Coast. But just as admirable are the irregular cliffs that line the shoreline are the birds, sea lions and harbor seals that can be found nestled amongst the off-shore rocks.

Yaquina Head

Gain the best views from the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, located at the tip of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. This narrow coastal headland extends one mile into the Pacific Ocean, making it the ultimate viewpoint to admire the choppy waters of the Pacific. Explore the edges of this 100-acre site and gain beautiful vantage points from almost every corner.

Spouting Horn

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Depoe Bay Spouting Horn

Heading a little further south outside of Depoe Bay, between Yachats and Florence, is the sensational display of the Spouting Horns. Particularly alluring during the storm season, ocean water sprays high in the air creating the most dramatic of displays and an undeniable hissing sound. So, grab your rain jacket and prepare for an amazing show performed by Mother Nature.

Seal Rock Recreation Site

With large off-shore rock formations that are home to various wildlife such as seals, sea lions, and seabirds, Seal Rock Recreation Site.  This scenic landmark also has an interesting geological history, dating back 14 million years. Within the cove is a large collection of tidepools where colorful marine life can be admired from shore. Enjoy your lunch at the designated picnic area, surrounded by shore pine and spruce.

As you make plans to see these scenic landmarks near Depoe Bay, be sure to browse our availability and book your stay in one of our rooms or suites that offer beautiful scenic views of the Oregon Coast!


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