Top 8 Instagram Spots in Lincoln City
Natural beauty and unexpected adventure are waiting to be discovered in the Heart of the Oregon Coast. This incredible spot is a perfect place to soak in the loveliness of the Pacific Northwest and get a few shots for The Gram.
Where the thick green forest blends into a network of estuaries and a smooth bay. Where long, sandy beaches stand, perfect for an evening bonfire or stroll by the water. Dig your hands into the mud and pull out lunch, or find it in a warm bowl of chowder. Stroll along the dock, from the days when Siletz Bay was a working harbor and ships sailed in to transport lumber to distant lands. Watch glass artisans fuse and blend and twirl glass into iridescent art or grab a delicious craft beer and watch the sunset behind the backdrop of the Four Brothers rocks.
A little sister headland to Cascade Head, the meadowed hill north of Lincoln City is affectionately known as “The Knoll.” While a moderately difficult half-mile uphill hike, those who reach the top can breathe in the spectacular views of the Pacific coastline. To reach the trailhead, turn north on NE Devils Lake Blvd from Highway 101. Follow the road past a gate until reaching a cul-de-sac. Park on the street and the trailhead to the Knoll is just beyond the road and takes you through fields and forests.
A long, sprawling hillside leading right up to the edge of Devils Lake, Regatta Grounds is a perfect place to relax on a sunny afternoon. The park has a play structure, boat ramp, protected swimming area, fishing docs, a picnic area, restrooms, and a gorgeous view of the lake. Find the statue of the Devils Lake Monster, standing guard over the playground.
One of the easiest ways to get on the soft sandy beaches of Lincoln City and home to the Lincoln City Kite Festival, the D River Wayside is picture-perfect. Whether you’re framing yourself against the sand, dunes feathered with beach grass or the sun melting into the Pacific, find the adventure and beauty by the waves.
Thick with forest and well-maintained hiking trails, at the end of the line, is a gorgeous 75-foot waterfall and a 240-foot suspension bridge. Creating a perfect opportunity for Pacific Northwest adventures and photographs. Getting to the Drift Creek Falls Trailhead is a bit of a drive from Lincoln City—follow signage south to Drift Creek Road off Highway 101 for two miles and go left on Forest Road 17. Follow the road for 10 miles to the trailhead, where there is parking, day-use fee area, and restrooms.
Three miles north of Lincoln City, a gorgeous headland waits to be explored. Cascade Head offers out and back trails with breathtaking views of the Oregon coastline and the Salmon River Estuary. As a protected wildlife sanctuary, there are key ways to respect and protect Cascade Head’s natural beauty and wildlife—removal of foliage, hunting, camping, fires, bicycles and dogs are not allowed so this delicate environment may be preserved. Find the perfect picture against the backdrop of the Pacific.
Surrounded by flowers exploding with color in the spring and summer, sunshine makes for gorgeous photo opportunities at the Connie Hansen Garden. While much of the Connie Hansen Garden is alive with color year-round, to catch it at its most stunning, stop by in the springtime. Connie Hansen was an avid collector of rhododendrons of all shapes and sizes, both species and hybrids. There are hundreds of rhodies in the garden, ranging from the tiniest varieties with appropriately dainty leaves to tree-like growers such as Cynthia, Sir Charles Lemon and Dame Nellie Melba, which are covered in a multitude of blooms.
The past comes to life in Lincoln City—and if you watch long enough, it will roar at you. A mechanical baby Tyrannosaurus Rex guards the doorway of Prehistoric Fossils in Lincoln City, and beyond lays real-world treasures. Gemstones, agates, fossils, a massive sparkling purple amethyst in the shape of a shark’s mouth. Pull out the camera for an iconic picture with the little T Rex—but treat it with respect.