Brookings-Harbor, Oregon is really two cities. Often referred to just as "Brookings", Brookings-Harbor is the South Coast's largest and most southern metropolis, figuring close to 10,000 residents. Situated in Oregon's "Banana Belt", Brookings-Harbor enjoys hot, sunny weather that is often likened to that of the Mediterranean Coast. The two cities are approximately six miles from the California border.
Brookings-Harbor also owns the unenviable characteristic of being the only location in the continental United States that was actually bombed by a foreign power (Japan) during World War II. A memorial commemorates the event and is located on the Bombsite Trail, about 10 miles inland from the coast.
Attractions in Brookings-Harbor include the beautiful Azalea Park, which hosts the Nature's Coastal Holiday Light Show and Sculpture Display in December; the popular Oregon Kite Festival in July; and the Samuel H. Board man State Park, which is located just north of Brookings and offers 11 miles of spectacular coastal scenery. The South Coast has several popular whale watching locations, including Harris Beach State Park, on the north side of Brookings, which is staffed by docents during peak whale seasons. Whale watching tours are also available up and down the Oregon coast.
The Chetco River, which runs between Brookings and Harbor, is a favorite locale for Chinook, Cutthroat and Steelhead fishing. Fishing tours can be arranged at the Port of Brookings, at the south side of town. The Port also has several gift shops, cafes and restaurants on site, providing a perfect setting for afternoon shopping or a leisurely stroll while waiting for a river tour.
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