1. Oakland Historic District

2. Elkton Wineries and Fort Umpqua

3. Dean Creek Elk Viewing

4. Reedsport Museum

5. Oregon Dunes National Recreation

6. Umpqua Lighthouse

7. Salmon Harbor at Winchester Bay

In 2008, a new Oregon Scenic Byway was established along the beautiful Umpqua River. Starting/ending on Interstate 5, the route first takes you to Oakland. The Oakland Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and has numerous 1860 era homes and businesses. Leaving Oakland, travel south on Interstate 5 to Sutherlin, then follow the signs for Highway 138 to the coast. Take a break in Elkton and visit a local winery, the Community Education Center/Fort Umpqua replica, or the unique Butterfly Pavillion.Continue west and stop at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing area. Here you will have an excellent opportunity to see a herd of wild elk. Upon entering the coastal town of Reedsport, stop at the Discovery Center where you can learn more about local and natural history. Then head north on Hwy 101 to explore the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area or visit the Umpqua Lighthouse just south of Reedsport. Don’t forget to have some fresh seafood in the Salmon Harbor area at Winchester Bay. If you have time, you can head south on Hwy 101 and return to Roseburg (Interstate 5) by way of Hwy 42. If you chose this route, make a side trip from Coos Bay to Cape Arago and Shore Acres.

Estimated travel time: Three hours

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