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The Oregon Coastline offers some of the best photography spots in North America. The tall ancient boreal forests give way to geological formations carved from centuries of crashing waves. Caves, beaches, and more await the photographer along US Highway 101, which meanders gently down the coast. Discover turn of the century lighthouses, hidden beaches and hiking trails along the route. Here is a small selection of some of our favourite places to stop and photograph.

Natural Bridges Viewpoint - Photo by Cameron Venti

Natural Bridges Viewpoint - Photo by Cameron Venti

An incredible spot with amazing views of the ocean and Natural Land Bridges. There are beautiful shooting vantage points from the roadside viewpoint and trail, to reach more dynamic/extreme views it requires going off trail through the bush onto some very steep, and slick terrain - it can be a very dangerous area so be careful with each step. This location is especially photogenic early in the morning and at sunset when dramatic lighting/shadows appear. (Brookings, Oregon)

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Wizard's Hat - Photo by Mark Basarab

Wizard's Hat - Photo by Mark Basarab

Wizard's Hat is one of the many stunning rock formations along Bandon Beach. This photography location is especially good to shoot at sunset and just as the tide starts to go out. (Bandon, Oregon, USA)

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Wreck of the Peter Iredale - Photo by LDELD

Wreck of the Peter Iredale - Photo by LDELD

Running aground in 1906, the Peter Iredale was four-masted barque that once sailed the coastlines of Pacific. In October of 1906, under heavy winds, the captain of the vessel was unsuccessful in battling against the wind and the ship wrecked on the sandy beach. There were no casualties, and the ship was never recovered or broken apart. The result is one of the most accessible shipwrecks along the Oregon coast and a perfect photo location. (Hammond, Oregon, USA)

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Fall Creek Waterfall at Hug Point - Photo by Bonnie Moreland

Fall Creek Waterfall at Hug Point - Photo by Bonnie Moreland

A short waterfall at the end of fall creek where the creek meets the beach at Hug Point. A lovely shooting location because of the falls, sandy beaches, and rock formations. (Arch Cape, Oregon, USA)

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Haystack Rock - Photo by atomicmama

Haystack Rock - Photo by atomicmama

Haystack Rock is a 235-foot (72-meter) sea stack in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is claimed locally to be the third-tallest such "intertidal" structure in the world, but there are no official references to support this. The rock is located close to the beach and accessible by foot at low tide. (Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA)

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Yaquina Bay Bridge Viewpoint - Photo by Jake Colvin

Yaquina Bay Viewpoint - Photo by Jake Colvin

This roadside photography spot has an amazing view looking out over the mouth of the Bay complete with the Yaquina Bay Bridge. This is also an amazing spot to shoot ships coming in and out of the harbour. The historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is also visible from this spot. (Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site, Newport, Oregon)

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Thor's Well - Photo by Devin Lyster

Thor's Well - Photo by Devin Lyster

Thor's Well is a saltwater fountain driven by the power of the ocean tide. This natural wonder is extremely photogenic and makes for amazing pictures. Thor's Well is best seen approximately an hour before high tide to an hour after high tide. It can be quite dangerous, especially at high tide and during winter storms. As with any oceanfront photography location, exercise caution when shooting and be sure to bring a shooting partner. (Yachats, Oregon)

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Secret Beach - Photo by Casey Horner

Secret Beach - Photo by Casey Horner

The Secret beach in the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a lush forested coastal park with the scenic Indian Sands Trail offering incredible views looking out over the beached and imposing rock formations. (Brookings, Oregon)

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Cape Kiwanda Marine Garden - Photo by Kyle Kruchok

Cape Kiwanda Marine Garden - Photo by Kyle Kruchok

Cape Kiwanda Marine Garden features a sandstone headland with hundred-foot-tall cliffs. Plus there are cliff nesting birds and tide pools brimming with sea life during low tide. (Pacific City, Oregon)

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Coquille River Lighthouse-Photo by Bonnie Moreland

Coquille River Lighthouse-Photo by Bonnie Moreland

Built-in 1856, the Coquille River Lighthouse is a photogenic red and white light found at the mouth of the Coquille River. Easily accessible at the end of Bullard's Beach. (Brandon, Oregon, USA)

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Cape Perpetua Overlook - Photo by Eric Muhr

Cape Perpetua Overlook - Photo by Eric Muhr

Cape Perpetua Overlook has a stunning photography spot along the Oregon coast. From here you can take amazing photos looking out over the rocky coastline of the cape. The Cape Perpetua has scenic trails leading to many stunning vistas with photographic opportunities, especially at sunset. (Yachats, Oregon, USA)

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