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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
Visit the official Brookings website.
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