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In and Around Newport, on the Oregon Coast

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A June 2002 trip to Newport by Migin

United States Government: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Photo, Newport, Oregon More Photos
Quote: Destinations in and around Newport and Lincoln City on the central Oregon Coast. Museums, nature, and more.

In and Around Newport, on the Oregon Coast

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Near Lincoln City Photo, Newport, Oregon
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There is no place on the Oregon coast without its charms. With most of the coast designated as State Park it has suffered relatively little from development. The central portion is the most densely populated, with the towns of Newport and Lincoln City accounting for the bulk of those numbers. It is, however, not to be thought of as a particularly urban area. Within easy distance is the rugged grandeur and historic headlands of Cape Foulweather, and Cape Perpetua; the amazing rocks of Ona Beach, and the places where rock and water play interesting games: the spouting horn at Depoe Bay (also the world's smallest navigable harbor) and the Devil's Punchbowl. Whales migrate along the coast, sea lions hang ...Read More

Ona Beach State Park

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Attraction | "Ona Beach"

Ona Beach State Park Photo, Newport, Oregon
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There’s a group of shaggy creatures hunched and huddled on the beach, a conclave of strange beasts napping. Turn and turn again, one alien landscape replaces another. Runic messages are spelled out. Linear arrangements lie like the remnants of columns, the vestige of a pillar lined processional way, long unused. Broken causeways leading nowhere. Here and there incomplete carvings, shapes partly removed from the rock, like bas-reliefs, and apparently abandoned. This is not a strange new world, nor an ancient ruined civilization. It‘s Ona Beach. The official website contains such a completely inadequate description that I can’t see it making anyone want to go out of their way to visit this beach. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Ona Beach State Park
8 miles south of Newport on Highway 101.
Newport, Oregon
(503) 986-0707

United States Government: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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Attraction | "Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area"

United States Government: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Photo, Newport, Oregon
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If you go when the tide is well on its way back in (or out) you'll get to experience the "sound." As the tide surges in it pushes the pebbles and cobbles of the beach forward onto shore. Then as it surges back out it drags the rocks. This wave action creates a remarkable noise that consists of many thousands of rocks clicking and clacking together, simultaneously and overlapping. However, with the tide well in, you'll miss the tidal pools, and all they contain, so my best advice would be: go first when the tide is out to explore the tide pools, leave to explore the headland and other areas of the coast, and return with the tide. The long staircase down to the beach is a welcome addition to thos...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

United States Government: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
750 NW Lighthouse Drive
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 574-3100

Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Oregon Coast Aquarium Photo, Newport, Oregon
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Keiko, the killer whale, placed the Oregon Coast Aquarium on the map coming here to live, in a purpose-built tank, as part of the plan to rehabilitate and return him to the wild. Since Keiko died (December 12, 2003 in Taknes Bay, Norway) there will be no definitive answers as to the success of the program. But he’s still one of two topics of conversation people working at the aquarium encounter on a regular basis. Response to the second common topic is "No, there aren’t any great white sharks here." The sea life, fish, mammal, or avian, found here is representative, for the most part, of what is found...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2003

Oregon Coast Aquarium
2820 Se Ferry Slip Road
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 867-3474

Cape Foulweather Coffee Co

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Attraction | "Cape Foulweather"

Cape Foulweather Coffee Co Photo, Newport, Oregon
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Looking for the Northwest Passage. . . so much of Oregon’s history involves just that. During his third voyage Captain James Cook had two ships Resolution and Discovery under his command. In early March of 1778 he had shortly departed Hawaii. On the 7th the ships came within sight of land again, a promontory of high cliffs thrust into the sea. He was looking for the Northwest Passage generally. He was looking for a place to put in to escape a storm at sea specifically. He found Oregon. It is generally very windy and blustery here at Cape Foulweather, the historical marker onsite warning that winds of 100mp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2003

Cape Foulweather Coffee Co
1934 SW Bard Road
Newport, Oregon 97367
(541) 996-9463

Devils Punch Bowl

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Devils Punch Bowl Photo, Newport, Oregon
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The force of water can do amazing things over a period of time. Long ago, this headland was whole and solid. Slowly, lower portions were chiseled at and worn away by the incessant surge of the Pacific Ocean. First a cave was formed, and then later, another. Later still, the two caves became one. Then the roof collapsed, leaving a bowl-shaped hole in the headland, a bowl with a hole in the side through which the sea still enters and retreats endlessly. The colorful name given to this place is the Devils Punch Bowl. You have basically two choices when you visit this place, but either way you decide to approach the bowl, you'll want to know what the tide is doing. Choice #1: You can go w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2003

Devils Punch Bowl
8-miles north of Newport.
Newport, Oregon

Depoe Bay Candy Shoppe

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Attraction | "Depoe Bay & the Spouting Horn"

Depoe Bay Candy Shoppe Photo, Newport, Oregon
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Depoe Bay, with only 6-square-acres of surface water, has the distinction of being the world's smallest navigable harbor, but can handle boats up to 50 feet in length, which must brave the narrow channel. To give more perspective: I don’t believe there is a place where you can’t get the entire bay into a single non-panoramic photo while standing at the water’s edge. In the film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," this is where the fishing expedition begins, and here is the bridge they cruise under en route to the sea. There is a place just south of the bridge along the seawall (which runs the length of the seafront) where you can safely park, with an area for viewing the phenomena known as the "Spo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2003

Depoe Bay Candy Shoppe
P.O. Box 1227
Newport, Oregon 97341
(541) 765-2727