The Oregon Coast - A unique destination to explore.
Astounding vistas, rocky headlands, craggy rocks, rivers, forests, coastal dunes and miles of spectacular Pacific Coast shoreline await you on the Oregon Coast. From the picturesque town of Astoria to the little village of Yachats, the Oregon Coast takes you through bustling resort towns with carousels and quiet villages with old time ice cream parlors, all set on a wild and scenic coastline. Outdoor and nature enthusiasts are welcomed by 70 State Parks, the Oregon Dunes and some of the most diverse marine life in the world. Sit back and watch whales breaching along endless stretches of beach. If not storm-watching, find a quiet protected spot to sip sundowners with a brilliant sunset.
It is not only the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast that draws visitors to Newport. Nestled between the ocean and coastal mountains, on Yaquina Bay, Newport is a lively city buzzing with activities and fun things to do, yet many beautiful stretches of beach and so close to nature to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Explore the town
Newport has two distinct areas to visit. Lots of action happens at the historic Bayfront with a quaint marina, cafes, galleries, fisherman’s markets and barking seals. The Bayfront is also home to Mariner Square where you will find the Oregon Undersea Gardens, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the Wax Works. Nye Beach is a big attraction on the Oregon Coast. An arty oceanfront village with bohemian charm and an eclectic mix of taffy stores, agate shops, cafés, restaurants, gift shops and unique galleries featuring local art, glass blowing and wood working.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium draws visitors from many villages along the coastline. Home to more than 15,000 marine animals you can get up too close with sharks and adventure through an underwater tunnel surrounded by more sharks and thousands of colourful fish. Another draw is the Hatfield Marine Science Center at the university with aquariums, exhibits and displays by marine scientists.
Yaquina Bay & Beyond
After taking in all this great town has to offer, head into nature to explore. Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon’s tallest and second oldest active lighthouse, set amidst miles of great hiking trails. Wade in tidal pools teeming with marine life. Fishing, clamming and crabbing are excellent in the bay. A little further south is Cape Perpetua Scenic Area with more excellent hiking trails. Kayak your way around Newport’s waterways or the adventurous can head out to sea.
Whether you are selecting dinner at an Oyster Farm, exploring the beautiful districts of Newport Town or heading into nature to relax and unwind, Newport is a perfect destination.
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