Brookings is a small city in Oregon which stands on the Pacific Coast Highway at the southern end of the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, one of the most beautiful drives on the Oregon coast.

Harris Beach State Park in Brookings, OregonHarris Beach State Park

Best Things to Do in Brookings

Azalea Park

This is the city's main park, open dawn till dusk and covering an area of 36 acres (14.6 hectares). Features include horseshoe pits, a stage, soccer fields, a playground, a gazebo, and plenty of places to enjoy a picnic.

Chetco Point Park

This free park is open dawn till dusk and gives you great views of the Pacific Ocean, and of some of the rocks and islands nearby. You'll probably see seals on some of them, and at the right time of year maybe even whales swimming by. There are tide pools, sandy beaches, hiking trails, and picnic tables.

Harris Beach State Park in Brookings, OregonHarris Beach State Park

Harris Beach State Park

You can't miss the Harris Beach State Park as Highway 101 goes right through it. Look for the pull-off which is opposite a Rest Area about 3 miles (4.8 kms) north of Brookings. The park has camping and yurts, and an RV park. There are sandy beaches to enjoy and offshore rocks and islands to take photos of. One of them, Bird Island, is a National Wildlife Refuge and a breeding ground for some rare birds.

View from the Scenic Corridor in BrookingsView from the Scenic Corridor in Brookings

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

This scenic drive is one of the best along the whole Oregon coast. It starts just north of Brookings and runs for 18 miles (29 kms) along Highway 101. There are numerous pull-offs leading to viewpoints and hiking trails, so if you want to fully enjoy it allow plenty of time. Although it's barely a half-hour drive between Brookings and the next main town north, Gold Beach, you could easily spend all day doing it.

Photo of the Oregon Coast, Taken from Highway 101, the Pacific Coast HighwayOregon Coast, Taken from Highway 101

Best Time to Visit Brookings

Brookings has a very pleasant climate, and remember it's only a 10-minute drive from Brookings to the California border. Some people even commute to work in California. 

May to September are the driest months, when you're likely to have only one or two days of rain. November to March are the months to avoid if you don't like rain, but even then when the rain has passed you can get lovely mild sunny days. There are very occasional snow flurries and sub-zero temperatures, but it's not the norm.

From November to April the average temperatures are in the 48-52F (9-11C) range, while the hottest months are July and August, averaging 60F (15.5C). Those are averages, though, and the record high for Brookings in July is 108F (42C)!

Rock formations in the Pacific Ocean in Brookings, OregonThe Ocean at Brookings in Oregon

Where to Stay in Brookings

More Information

Visit the official Brookings website.

Some other Oregon pages

  • Unique Inns on the Pacific Coast Highway

    Unique Inns on the Pacific Coast Highway include some of the best independently-owned boutique hotels, spas, and lodges in California, Oregon and Washington.

  • Tillamook

    Tillamook in Oregon is prime cheese and dairy country with the County Creamery and Blue Heron French Cheese Company among the visitor attractions.

  • Overleaf Lodge Yachats

    The Overleaf Lodge in Yachats, Oregon, is an oceanside hotel accommodation, right by the ocean, just off the Pacific Coast Highway and with spacious rooms.

  • Oregon Coast Hotels and Inns

    The Oregon Coast's hotels, inns, guesthouses, b&bs and other places to stay include 5-star luxury hotels and resorts, motel chains, RV parks, and camping.

  • Ocean Lodge Cannon Beach Oregon

    The Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach, Oregon, is a romantic ocean front accommodation near the Pacific Coast Highway that is pet-friendly and family-friendly too.

  • North Bend Casino Hotel

    The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park in North Bend and Coos Bay on the Pacific Coast Highway is Native-American owned and with waterfront views.

  • Gold Beach Oregon

    Gold Beach is a small town on the Oregon coast at the mouth of the Rogue River with the Pacific Coast Highway running right through it.

  • Gold Beach Oregon Lodging

    If you’re looking for good Gold Beach Oregon lodging check out the Tu Tu Tun Lodge a few miles inland along the Rogue River on the Southern Oregon coast.

  • Frommers Guide to Oregon

    The Frommer's Guide to Oregon has good information on hotels, restaurants and what to see in Portland, and along the Pacific Coast Highway.

  • Florence Sea Lion Caves

    The Florence Sea Lion Caves are one of the best wildlife attractions along the Pacific Coast Highway, north of Florence and south of Yachats.

  • Florence in Oregon

    Florence is a small city on the Oregon coast, famous for its sand dunes and sea lion caves, and with the Pacific Coast Highway going right through the centre.

  • Depoe Bay

    Depoe Bay is on the Oregon coast, a little village that's noted for whale-watching, for its spouting horns and has the smallest navigable harbor in the world.

  • Cannon Beach

    Cannon Beach is a small town on the Oregon coast on the Pacific Coast Highway and with its coastline, state parks and beaches among its attractions.

  • Bandon

    The small town of Bandon on the Oregon coast is big in what it can offer visitors, including some of the finest golf along the Pacific Coast Highway.

  • Astoria Hotels near the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews five Astoria hotels in the budget, moderate and expensive categories and all taken from their guide to PCH accommodation.

  • Astoria in Oregon

    The small port of Astoria in Oregon sits right on Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Highway, at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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