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10 Photos That Will Convince You to Visit Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

As the slogan goes: "Oregon Coast = Best Coast."

By: Chris MacMurray + Save to a List

The Oregon coastline is arguably the most stunning portion of the Pacific that borders the mainland states. The number of scenic shorelines and coastal cliffs between Astoria and Gold Beach is overwhelming, to say the least. Merely driving along the 101 is an exhilarating experience. But whether you're looking to explore, photograph, or simply relish the views; the reality remains that the Oregon coast has something magical to offer for everyone. 

Upon stepping foot on the sandstone cliffs of Cape Kiwanda Pacific City, its as if the term "magical" renounces its grandeur and humbly acknowledges its inadequacy to define such a place. The oceanic views riddle your skin with goosebumps, and the sandstone textures and rock formations conjure your inner explorer, encouraging it to roam with wild abandon. 

It's honestly no surprise that each year Cape Kiwanda is more populated with photographers and tourists than the last. More people are increasingly recognizing just how grand this spot is, and the fact that it is easily accessible (just a two hour drive from downtown Portland) only enhances its popularity. 

For me, Cape Kiwanda is where my love for outdoor photography was first revealed to me. To say that it is a "photographer's dream" is a bit cliché, but undeniably contains some truth as well. But whether you're a photographer or simply a lover of beaches, Cape Kiwanda will inevitably capture a piece of your heart.

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