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A scenic detour from North Bend brings you to the Sunset Bay, Shores Acres, and Cape Arago State Parks. For this side trip, turn left onto Cape Arago Highway from the US-101, which will bring you through a forest and as you start to get glimpses of the Pacific Ocean, stop at Sunset Bay State Park. From the road, a parking lot overlooks the Douglas Firs, sea stacks, and the Pacific Ocean. The waters here are said to be the safest waters along the Oregon coast.
Within a mile, Shores Acres State Park will be on the right. This was the estate of timber baron Louis J. Simpson and has several acres of award winning gardens with vibrant colors, including a Japanese garden. The final park is Cape Arago featuring breathtaking views of the ocean and passing whales.
To head back, you need to retrace back for six miles, where you will turn right onto Walker Ave and right onto 7 Devils Road. Continue on 7 Devils Road for about six miles and take a left onto West Beaver Hill Road. In 6 miles, you will be back on the US-101.
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