If you have an extra day while in wine country you should check out Oregon's Pacific Coast. You will experience some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The Central Oregon Coast Loop Tour
Thoughts fade away along this wind-swept shoreline, home to soaring sand dunes, pristine state parks, and bustling harbors. It doesn’t get much more coastal than this region. And thanks to a pioneering beach bill, all 363 miles of Oregon’s coastline remain free and public. That means endless opportunities to comb for agates or glass floats, watch for whales, seals and puffins, make footprints in the sand or simply be captivated by the beautiful beaches and coastline. No matter the season, the Oregon Coast is a rejuvenating getaway.
Even though I have visited these places regularly ever since I was a very young child, I am still amazed at the beauty and history these locations offer, which can be different with every season and every visit.
Like all of our tours, we have a special attachment to the Oregon Coast. Both my mother and father graduated from Taft High School in Lincoln City, Oregon. Lincoln City is on the central coast. My grandmother and grandfather had a seafood restaurant in Lincoln City for many years, and my dad managed a Standard Station (Chevron) in Newport, Oregon which is south of Lincoln City before being invited to join the Army during the Korean War. To this day family lives along the Oregon Coast.
The Magic Begins Here!
We'll immerse you in unique experiences, take you to places only locals know, and introduce you to incredible people on the Oregon Coast Loop Tour.
Your Suggested Itinerary Summary
We will start your tour from your pick-up point traveling west through beautiful hills and forests to the Pacific Ocean coast town of Lincoln City. You will be taken on a short tour of the town before descending in our 4-wheel drive down onto the beach where you can enjoy a walk collecting shells or just relax in provided lawn chairs, pop a cork on a bottle of wine while enjoying gourmet snacks.
From Lincoln City, we will drive south along picturesque Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean and stop a Family Secret Spot that is a beautiful tucked away coast surprise off the beaten path. A great spot to take photos and to just relax and take in the beauty. Gourmet snacks, clam chowder, and award-winning seafood egg rolls will be available at this stop with wine, chilled water and local artisan organic soda pop.
We depart the Family Secret Spot to Cape Foulweather. Cape Foulweather is a basalt outcropping 500 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the central coastline. The cape is notable as the first promontory on the northwest coast of New Albion (as the area was then known) to be sighted and named by Captain James Cook, while on his third voyage around the world. His March 7, 1778 journal entry reads:
"The land appeared to be of moderate height, diversified with hill and Valley and almost everywhere covered with wood. There was nothing remarkable about it except one hill…At the northern extreme, the land formed a point which I called Cape Foulweather from the very bad weather we soon after met with".
We will view the Cape from Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint. You will get a first-hand look at this beautiful Cape and incredible ocean views. If you are lucky you might even see a whale.
From Otter Crest State Park Scenic Viewpoint we will continue traveling south on Highway 101 to Depoe Bay.
Depoe Bay is teeming with marine life and rich in natural resources. A huge sea wall runs the length of the downtown area allowing visitors to shop or dine always within view of the ocean. You will be able to wonder through their fairy tale fishing village which is brimming with colorful stores, gift shops and galleries featuring maritime collectibles, fine art, apparel, and the tastiest candies and salt water taffy available.
Your next stop is at a piece of Oregon history that sits atop a bluff at the mouth of the Yaquina River. It is the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built-in 1871 and decommissioned in 1874. It was officially restored as a privately maintained aid to navigation on December 7, 1996. It is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse has been restored as a working lighthouse and an aid to navigation by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, with the help of many people and agencies, including Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses.
From Yaquina Bay, you will head to Newport where you will visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We invite you to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a captivating destination and a trusted resource for ocean education and conservation in the Pacific Northwest.
From the Oregon Coast Aquarium, you will be able to walk the streets of Newport, a beautiful little fishing village with shops, fishing boats, seafood, seafood, and more seafood and other fun discoveries.
To top off your day dinner will be at Local Ocean Seafood in Newport. We love their Mission Statement. They live up to it.
"To give people the "best seafood experience of their lives”
Local Ocean Seafood has become the premier destination for fresh, local seafood in Newport and on the Oregon Coast. Whether you have a craving for our famous grilled fish and chips or shopping for fresh crab in the fish market, Local Ocean aims to give you the best seafood experience of your life. It's their mission.
After a wonderful day exploring Oregon's Central Coast partaking in great gourmet snacks, wine, local micro-brews, and dinner we will depart Local Ocean Seafood for your pick-up point. We will travel north on Highway 101 following the Pacific Ocean Coastline. We will then drive east on Highway 18 back to the Willamette Valley.
Beautiful scenery, chilled water, artisan chocolate, Bose Sound, and a state-of-the-art DVD system are available for the return journey.
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