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Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches out for 40 miles along Oregon’s Pacific coast. That’s a big area, which means there’s a wide variety of access points and types of recreation available — from hiking to off-road vehicle use. Unfortunately, the dunes block most of the ocean views from US Highway 101. Another downside: since this is Federal land, access isn’t free, like it is at dozens of state-run roadside parks. After driving for miles along US 101, with the Oregon Dunes separating me from the ocean, I was getting anxious to see some waves. Since much of the …