There is so much to do when you’re staying in one of A1’s beach house rentals in Lincoln City, Oregon. Frequent visitors know that Lincoln City is famous for things like kite-flying, fresh seafood, saltwater taffy, and hand-crafted glass floats on the beach. It would be easy to spend a week here and do something different every day without leaving town or even leaving the beach area. But there are many nearby towns in Lincoln County and surrounding counties that are well worth visiting next time you stay in one of our beach vacation rentals. Oregon coastal towns and inland villages such as Depoe Bay, Newport, Pacific City, Siletz, and Toledo should be on the top of your list.
- Depoe Bay
If you’re staying in one of our beach condo rentals in Lincoln City, it’s only a short drive south along the 101 to this charming bayside village in Lincoln County. The bay itself is a six-acre harbor that attracts many visitors, as it is known as “the smallest navigable harbor” with some of the best whale watching opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. It is home to the Whale Cove Habitat Refuge, Dockside Charters and Whale Watching Tours, and several scenic viewpoints.
The city of Newport, Oregon is definitely worth a visit if you’re in this part of the world. Newport is home to the famously recognizable Yaquina Bay Bridge, the Yaquina Bay State Park with its famous lighthouse built in 1871, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and a beautiful basalt rock beach where a variety of marine life and sea birds can be seen.
- Pacific City
While Pacific City is technically an unincorporated community in Tillamook County, its more than 1,000 residents certainly consider it their hometown. This delightful place is known for the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and is home to the Twist Wine Company and Pelican Brewing. Pacific City is only a 30-minute drive north from Lincoln City, so it can easily be added to your itinerary while visiting.
If you drive about 45 minutes southeast of Lincoln City on Route 229 you will find yourself in Siletz, which is perfectly positioned on the Siletz River in Lincoln County’s coastal mountain range. Every August the Nesika Illahee Pow Wow takes place at the nearby Siletz Reservation, so it is a great place to learn about local Native American cultures and traditions. It is also known as a “fisherman’s paradise” so anglers will definitely want to pay a visit.
The city of Toledo, Oregon is a somewhat longer drive from Lincoln City, but if you’re already visiting Newport it’s only about 10 minutes east on Route 20 and well worth adding to your day trip itinerary. Toledo sits on the Yaquina River and is home to the Yaquina River Museum of Art and the Port of Toledo. It was also a finalist in the 2009 All America City Award competition and is a fine example of a quintessential American town.
These five cities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to possible day trips from Lincoln City. This part of the Oregon coast boasts many charming towns and cities as well as lakes, mountains, and other natural wonders. Book your beach house rental and start planning today!