Day Trips & Scenic Drives

From lighthouses to creameries to the rolling hills of wine country, Lincoln City is the perfect home base for exploring the Central Oregon Coast.

The crash of the ocean against beach cliffs, the thrill and splash of a gray whale breaching to naturally occurring gorgeous wonders—adventure is just a short drive from Lincoln City in any direction. Whether you are seeking your next hiking expedition or raising a glass of perfectly crafted wine in Yamhill County or staring out the windows of an authentic steam engine locomotive as it winds its way down the coastline, find your way to the heart of the Oregon Coast.

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Natural Wonders Our coast is full of natural wonders, from 300-foot waterfalls to ghost forests to giant, ancient rocks rising from the sea.

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Lighthouses Walk up the narrow metal spiral staircase until you reach the summit, where you’ll find a giant, gleaming light wrapped in glass and mirrors.

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Wine Country An hour east of Lincoln City, enjoy the pop of a cork and the burble of glasses being filled in the lush, rolling hills of Yamhill Valley.

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North Day Trips

Neskowin (North) With a general store, restaurants, ocean cottages and a beautiful sea stack rock in the distance, time moves a little slower in Neskowin.

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surfers walking the beach

Pacific City (North) With its long, rambling beach, dramatic sea stack rock and dory boats joining surfers in the sea, it’s easy to fall in love with Pacific City.

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Tillamook (North) An aviation museum, stories of pioneers, epic hikes, a thriving culinary scene and a world-famous cheese factory—welcome to Tillamook.

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Garibaldi (North) Nestled into the hills just north of Tillamook rests a small fishing village with a love of history and fresh seafood—Garibaldi gives its all.

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South Day Trips

Depoe Bay (South) High on the cliffs eight miles south of Lincoln City, Depoe Bay provides dramatic views of fishing boats, winter storms and migrating whales.

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Newport (South) Explore Newport’s working waterfront, see live music in the Historic Nye Beach district and watch the sun set behind the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

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Waldport (South) The Alsea River winds its way to the Pacific Ocean through gorgeous estuaries and a long beautiful beach, creating the serenity of Waldport.

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