Newport, Oregon Trip Planner

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    Local Attractions in Newport Oregon

    The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport
    The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. © Angela M. Brown (2009)

    Rugged beauty, fascinating marine life, and historic lighthouses are a few of the wonders that attract visitors to Newport, Oregon. Spend a day on a deep-sea charter or a whale-watching cruise before lounging by the fire in your cozy oceanfront room. Or tour a world-class aquarium, stroll through local art galleries, and enjoy a meal of fresh-caught seafood and fine wines. Whether you're planning a romantic weekend, a family vacation, or a coastal adventure, Newport provides year-round opportunity for an exhilarating getaway.

    Oregon Coast Aquarium
    The Oregon Coast Aquarium allows you to view local sea life in both indoor and outdoor settings. The inside galleries allow you to peer through viewing windows to observe jellyfish, salmon, and sturgeon in their natural habitats. The Passages of the Deep exhibit permits you to walk through a clear underwater tunnel, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the creatures occupying three aquarium tanks. Tunnel sights include sharks swimming...MORE overhead and underfoot, and a sunken ship. Observe the antics of otters, seals, and sea lions as you wander through the aquarium's outdoor facilities, which also include nature trails, a seabird aviary, a playground, and a picnic area.

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    More Fun Things to Do in Newport Oregon

    Yaquina Bay Bridge
    Yaquina Bay Bridge. ©Oregon Coast Visitors Association

    Hatfield Marine Science Center
    Learn about the geology of the ocean floor or the technology used to track whales at this Oregon State University coastal research center. The visitor facilities give you a taste of the work and knowledge of the more than 300 marine scientists who work at the Science Center. Budding marine biologists will delight in the fascinating exhibits, including a "touch" tank where children of all ages can get hands-on familiarity with tidal creatures, including an octopus.

    Oregon Coast History Center
    Discover the stories of Newport and Lincoln County's past with a visit to the Oregon Coast History Center. Located in Burrows House, originally constructed in 1895, the Center offers exhibits and a research library. Their web site also provides the information for an auto tour of the area's historic sites.

    Newport Performing Arts Center
    Enjoy music, film, plays, and lectures at Newport's 23,000-square-foot facility. The performance schedule features...MORE both local and visiting artists.

    Special Events:

    Seafood & Wine Festival - Feb
    Newport Marathon - June
    Ernest Bloch Music Festival - July
    Lincoln County Fair & Rodeo - July

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    Outdoor Recreation in Newport Oregon

    Yaquina Head Lighthouse
    Yaquina Head Lighthouse. ©Oregon Coast Visitors Association

    Marine Discovery Tours
    Take an ocean and bay cruise aboard the "Discovery", a 65-foot excursion boat. An experienced naturalist provides the narration as you tour the bay, estuary, and open ocean environments. Depending on the season, you will have a chance to observe sea lions, otters, harbor porpoise, pelicans, and eagles - even gray whales. The "Discovery" is wheelchair-accessible and has both indoor and outdoor seating.

    Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
    Located on a basalt promontory north of Newport, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon's tallest continually active lighthouse, in operation since 1873. The Yaquina Head rocks and beaches have been designated as an "Outstanding Natural Area" for their abundance of marine life, including harbor seals, nesting sea birds, and gray whales. A network of trails takes you to tide pools, scenic cliffs, and panoramic viewpoints. Informative exhibits, a ship's wheelhouse, video presentations, and a gift shop...MORE are housed in the interpretive center.

    Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site
    Camping, fishing, picnicking, and beaches are some of the fun things you can enjoy at Yaquina Bay State Park. An historic lighthouse, the park's highlight, is open to the public.

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    Fishing & Whale Watching Charters in Newport Oregon

    Private and scheduled charters and cruises are available to take you on an ocean excursion. Whether you are interested in deep-sea fishing or a naturalist-guided whale watching expedition, your desires can be fulfilled in Newport:

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    Hotels & Lodging in Newport Oregon

    Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast
    Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast. © Newport Belle

    Newport offers a wide selection of visitor lodgings, from budget motels to cozy B&Bs to unique getaways.

    Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast
    For an unusual getaway, stay in a private room aboard a 97-foot sternwheeler moored in Newport Marina. This sternwheeler riverboat was designed and constructed specifically to serve as a B&B inn.

    Inn at Yaquina Bay
    Located close to many Newport attractions, these comfortable lodgings come with such amenities as jacuzzis and bay views. With a microwave and mini-fridge in every room, the Inn at Yaquina Bay is a good choice for families.

    Sylvia Beach Hotel
    This Newport hotel advertises itself as a haven for book lovers. Sylvia Beach is a quiet, restful place, with no telephones or televisions in the rooms. Each of its 20 guest rooms is named for a different author, such as Mark Twain or Emily Dickinson. Family-style, shared meals are provided in the hotel dining room.

    Yurt Camping
    With electricity and lockable doors, yurts have become a popular...MORE campsite choice in Oregon State Parks. Newport-area parks that offer yurts include South Beach, Beachside, and Beverly Beach.

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    How to Get to Newport Oregon

    Location of Newport, Oregon
    Location of Newport, Oregon. ©TIGER Map Service/U.S. Bureau of the Census

    Newport, Oregon is located on the central Oregon Coast, 130 miles from the Portland International Airport.

    By Car:

    There are a number of scenic driving routes to Newport. The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Highway 101, runs along the Oregon Coast and through Newport. The closest major north-south highway is Interstate 5 - heading west on Highway 20 (exit 233) provides the most direct access to Newport from the Interstate. Consult a detailed map to determine the best route for your individual itinerary.

    By Air:

    Newport Municipal Airport provides tie-down and maintenance services. Charter and scenic flights are available from Central Oregon Coast Air Services, LLC.