California is usually the state most associated with sun-drenched beaches. But in my opinion, the Oregon coastline trumps the Golden State in terms of sheer beauty. Located 10 miles south of the more popular Cannon Beach is Oswald West State Park, whose half-moon shaped Short Sands beach is accessed via a short hike through a lush rain forest. This gorgeous cove is rarely crowded, and as a result has become a favorite place to windsurf, surf, and boogie board. If you want to spend time at the beach in relative quiet, but without sacrificing views of the spectacular northern Oregon coast, put a stop at Oswald West State Park high on your list of places to visit.