The Oregon Coast
This part of the Oregon Coast has diverse towns and cities for you to explore and discover, surrounded by amazing nature with rivers, beaches, mountains, lakes, and the powerful Pacific. With its fantastic scenery and a large variety of activities and attractions, a vacation on the Oregon Coast is a must-do for all.
Astoria, is the oldest settlement west of the Rockies. One of the town’s most visited attractions is the Astoria Column, a towering hilltop monument with murals depicting area history. The tower has breathtaking ocean and river views. You can also visit the Columbia Maritime Museum or enjoy the many historical sites to be seen at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Seaside, a 25-minute drive south, offers a wide variety of attractions and fun family activities. Wide sandy beaches are a favorite for all ages, but there are also amusement park rides, a large video arcade, paddle boats on the river, and a lot of saltwater taffy and fudge. A Seaside landmark is the 1.8 mile oceanside “Prom”. Walk along the prom and enjoy the ocean views.
Cannon Beach, 8 miles from Seaside, is the home of Haystack Rock. It has an inviting downtown with the ideal combination of unique shops, art galleries, coffee houses, bakeries, and restaurants. When traveling down the coast Cannon Beach is a must-see. We are delighted to have two inns, Schooner’s Cove Inn & The Wayside Inn in this quaint seaside town.
Manzanita, is a special beach community surrounded by the Pacific ocean, Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain, and lush forests. Tourists will discover miles of peaceful beach, a nine-hole golf course, and a variety of camping options. While in Manzanita visit Alder Creek Farm, which has a 50-acre wildlife sanctuary. The Westover company has a wonderful vacation rental in Manzanita, Westover House.
Rockaway Beach, is a small town where you’ll find the Oregon Coast Railroad which travels along Tillamook Bay, which allows riders to experience ocean views and a sense of history. While visiting try one of the great restaurants serving local ingredients, stop by one of the eclectic shops, and talk with the locals.
Tillamook, is the place to go for cheese. The most popular attraction on the coast is located here, the Tillamook Cheese Visitors Center. At the center have lunch, go on a tour, try some samples then get a scoop or two of their wonderful ice cream for dessert. Tillamook is also one of the best spots for excellent salmon fishing as it has 7 rivers.
Pacific City, is where you’ll find the Dory boats. The captains launch their boats from the beach, through the crashing waves to fish at sea. Plan a trip to Pacific City during Dory Days in July when all the boats are decorated and there’s a fun parade. This town is a boater’s paradise. They have the Big Nestucca which is slow running with plenty of room for canoeing, kayaking, or motoring. Many visitors paddle the large Nestucca estuary and canals.
Lincoln City, located on the 45 parallel, is also the home of two sister properties, Looking Glass Inn and Pelican Shores Inn. Lincoln City is known as the “Kite Flying Capital”. The town has miles of flat sandy beach and great wind for kite flying. Devils Lake, Siletz Bay, and the world’s smallest river, D River give water sports lovers plenty to do. If kite flying and water sports aren’t your thing try Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City Outlet Mall, and the Lincoln City Glass Studio.
Depoe Bay, has whales living in the sea near the town year-round. Seeing these beautiful grey whales will be a highlight of any Oregon coast trip. Many times you can see them from shore or there are chartered tours so you can visit them up close. Depoe Bay is thought of as the Whale Watching Capital of Oregon. The town has a wonderful sea wall running the length of the town, and during stormy weather, you’ll see awesome spouting horns that shoot water as high as 60 feet.
Newport, offers many activities and attractions. Explore the historic Nye Beach area which is the “art heart” of Newport. Visit the historic bayfront, Oregon’s tallest lighthouse on Yaquina Head which is located in the Yaquina Head Recreation District that also has swimming, picnicking, fishing and hiking, or spend the day exploring the Oregon Coast Aquarium.