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View Poll Results: Which one is prettier?
Oregon Coast 9 50.00%
Puget Sound 9 50.00%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-15-2016, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Just scenery and natural features and stuff.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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For me I think the Oregon coast is more beautiful. Don't get me wrong I think the puget sound is spectacular, but there is something about the open ocean, huge waves crashing against the cliffs and the mountains that come right down to the water. It's just a lot more rugged and wild.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:43 PM
 
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For me I think the Oregon coast is more beautiful. Don't get me wrong I think the puget sound is spectacular, but there is something about the open ocean, huge waves crashing against the cliffs and the mountains that come right down to the water. It's just a lot more rugged and wild.
Interesting, thank you for sharing. I know Washington and Oregon get compared a LOT on here but I have been reading up on the two (thinking about moving to either of these two states) and I know these are the two, err, regions that are considered the "most beautiful" in both the states. Just wanted to compare them, as I have seen threads comparing both of their coasts, but not the Oregon Coast versus the Puget Sound. I have not been to either.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:59 PM
 
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The Sound for a couple of reasons:



1) Real mountains are in view, and surrounding you on three sides. If you enjoy winter, you can easily drive to it, even if it doesn't come to you.
2) It's a more hospitable environment for general boating.
3) The tsunami threat is greatly reduced (though localized tsunamis in Puget Sound will still kill thousands when the Cascadia quake finally happens).
4) The weather is often a lot better - particularly in the rain shadow.
5) There's better access to transportation, major cities, highways, goods and services, etc. However, if you prefer isolation, the Olympic Peninsula has that, too.
6) Better opportunities for work. And far more of them.

Frankly, I view the California coastline as superior to Oregon's - it's a lot more diverse (villages, deep forests, thick urban sprawl, estuaries, bays, sunny beaches, pine forests, palm trees, etc.), you can swim in the ocean (in places) - it's simply better than Oregon's more uniform seaboard (and, what's more, Oregon's coast is hardly visually distinct from Washington's).

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Old 10-16-2016, 12:03 AM
 
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The Sound for a couple of reasons:



1) Real mountains are in view, and surrounding you on three sides. If you enjoy winter, you can easily drive to it, even if it doesn't come to you.
2) It's a more hospitable environment for general boating.
3) The tsunami threat is greatly reduced (though localized tsunamis in Puget Sound will still kill thousands when the Cascadia quake finally happens).
4) The weather is often a lot better - particularly in the rain shadow.
5) There's better access to transportation, major cities, highways, goods and services, etc.
6) Better opportunities for work. And far more of them.
What a beautiful view.

I didn't want to get into city comparisons because that's been done a million times, but I guess addressing access is fairly important. The Coast of Oregon appears somewhat isolated from the majority of the population, looks like there are few freeways to the coast in Oregon. And the Puget Sound is literally the heart of the population in Washington for the most part. Otherwise I won't address work or anything else, that has nothing to do with scenery or natural features.
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:24 AM
 
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I can't imagine "thick urban sprawl" improving any coastline.

I can't choose. Both are spectacular in different ways.
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:42 AM
 
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I can't imagine "thick urban sprawl" improving any coastline.

I can't choose. Both are spectacular in different ways.
Does the Oregon Coast sprawl? Cliffs appeared to interfere with that, but what do I know.

So far at 4-2, I'm honestly surprised Oregon Coast is leading... thought it would be the other way around
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Interesting, thank you for sharing. I know Washington and Oregon get compared a LOT on here but I have been reading up on the two (thinking about moving to either of these two states) and I know these are the two, err, regions that are considered the "most beautiful" in both the states. Just wanted to compare them, as I have seen threads comparing both of their coasts, but not the Oregon Coast versus the Puget Sound. I have not been to either.
Well if I had to choose to live in one or the other, I would 100% pick puget sound. The weather is better, and more job opportunities. The coast is only good for visiting. There are some nice towns that I wouldn't mind retiring in when I get much older, but even then I think I would still pick the puget sound, particularly the San Juan islands which are technically part of the Strait of Georgia.
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:31 AM
 
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Well if I had to choose to live in one or the other, I would 100% pick puget sound. The weather is better, and more job opportunities. The coast is only good for visiting. There are some nice towns that I wouldn't mind retiring in when I get much older, but even then I think I would still pick the puget sound, particularly the San Juan islands which are technically part of the Strait of Georgia.
This isn't about living this is about scenery and natural features and activities that come with that.
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Old 10-16-2016, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Does the Oregon Coast sprawl? Cliffs appeared to interfere with that, but what do I know.
I think the "thick urban sprawl" comment was in regard to what PrincessoftheCape said about the different landscapes on the California coast. I can't think of anywhere on the Oregon Coast that I would consider sprawl (though it's been years since I was there); it's a string of small towns that are varying degrees of charming and touristy.

I love the Oregon Coast, but didn't vote since I've never been to the Puget Sound. A friend sent me some photos of Vashon Island and it looks incredibly beautiful!
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