The namesake of the state park is a large ring-shaped rock erosion that fills and empties with the tide of the Pacific. The remainder of the park is comprised of cliffside and accessible beaches.
Though Bandon is not as famous as it’s sister Cannon beach (the scenic backdrop for The Goonies ) it has many of the same stunning geography. Located further from Portland or any major metropolis, it also sees less traffic and thus offers more solitude per visitor. Walking there is a compelling reminder of geologic time.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation area is one of the largest contiguous sand dunes in the country. We had it all (or at least this section) to ourselves.
Boiler Bay has a small turnout on Rt.101, that provides equal parts nature watching and people watching, with van-lifers, tourists, cyclists, weirdo’s, hoarders, antique pickers and other various highwayfolk that are making their way from town-to-town.