Newport is a city along the Oregon coast that has been an attractive vacation destination since the late 1800s. Its proximity to the Coast Mountains, Pacific Ocean and Yaquina Bay gives it major appeal. The entire city is a natural observatory where people of all ages can explore and learn more about the world around them. Newport’s historic Nye Beach was the number one visitor attraction on the coast in the early 1900s. The beach is still popular to this day, but the town is also a unique haven for the arts, with a bustling commercial waterfront.
Newport is home to the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. The Yaquina Head lighthouse is a 93-foot-tall structure built in the early 1870s—the second oldest active lighthouse in the state. The site is on an area created by lava flow 14 million years ago. Nye Beach, South Jetty and Moolack Beach are great for exploring tide pools and seeing marine life in their natural habitats. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is where you can get an up-close look at marine life. Newport may not have the largest aquarium, but it has an impressive outdoor section; a petting area for octopus and starfish; and a glass tunnel through the shark habitat. After you visit the aquarium, there are two areas of town you could check out. The historical Bayfront is a waterfront with numerous shops, galleries, restaurants and family attractions. It’s the home of one of Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleets, a testament to the port’s role of housing commercial and wood products industries through history. The Nye Beach area is the other noteworthy visitor attraction, with its hot sea baths, taffy stores and waterfront shops. The Newport Performing Arts and Visual Arts Center is nearby, along with numerous eateries, bookstores, galleries and shopping venues.
Just around 75 miles away from Newport, you’ll find McMinnville, known as the “Heart of Oregon Wine Country.” The town is surrounded by more than 300 Willamette Valley wineries, and is world famous for its winemaking and dining experiences. It’s also makes a great family-friendly day trip, from its Evergreen Air Museum and water park, to the best ice cream for miles. Portland is also close enough to Newport for a day trip. At around 115 miles away, it’s about a 2.5 hours drive. Portland is Oregon’s largest city, and is well known for its microbreweries, coffeehouses and infrastructure. It’s an eco-friendly town where you’ll find a thriving art, theater and music scene. Salem, the capital city of Oregon, is 85 miles from Newport. It has unique attractions like Antique Powerland, an open-air farm machinery museum; Elsinore Theater, a music venue in a Gothic former cinema; and Gilbert’s Discovery Village, a children’s museum in three historic houses.
When looking into accommodations in Newport, the neighborhood you choose can elevate your vacation experience. Ocean Front is the area you want for unobstructed views of the ocean and beach access. Bayfront has lodgings with marina and bay views. Accommodations in this area will be close to the maritime businesses and tourist attractions near the docks. Nye beach the neighborhood of fine restaurants, galleries and boutiques. You’ll find lodgings in a charming setting, within walking distance of the many attractions nearby. Lodging in South Beach will place you near the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center and Home of Rogue Brewery. Within these neighborhoods, you’ll find full-service hotels, eco-friendly vacation rentals and accommodations to fit all budgets.
Newport is serviced by Lincoln County Transit, and is a stop on a number of routes. The Transit Intercity bus, Lincoln City Loop bus, Coast to Valley Express bus and Newport City Loop bus all have routes with stops in Newport. Ride coupons can be purchased at the Lincoln County Transit Office at 410 NE Harney Street in Newport, or directly through the bus drivers. Lincoln County Transit also offers Dial-A-Ride services where passengers can schedule rides with participating buses weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dial-A-Ride buses travel within Newport and Lincoln City. Amtrak also services Newport, for visitors who want to get in and out of town. The station is located at 956 SW 10th Street in Newport.
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