20 THE PORTLAND GUIDE | Discover Oregon Oregon is a spectacular example of what can happen
when nature gets artistic!
Forge a trail along Oregon’s coastline on Hwy
101 connecting the state’s charming coastal towns
and natural wonders. On the northernmost coast
at the mouth of the Columbia River, is the town
of Astoria—the oldest American settlement west
of the Rockies. The architecture (dominated by
Victorian homes) and maritime heritage merges
with a revitalized 1920’s-era downtown.
Heading south, Seaside is Oregon’s first
seashore resort with miles of sandy beach and the
famous Tillamook Head as a backdrop. Stroll the
1.5 mile ocean promenade, or take a jaunt down
Broadway packed with shops, restaurants and
family attractions. At neighboring Cannon Beach,
you’ll see a quaint beach-side town anchored by
the famous Haystack Rock.
Continuing further along Hwy 101, Lincoln
City, with 7.5 miles of beach, attracts avid treasureseekers,
devoted kite-fliers, whale-watchers and
storm-gazers. Passing through Lincoln City,
you’ll find Alder House Glassblowing, the
North Lincoln County Historical Museum, and
the Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area and
Whale Watching Center. You’ll also run across
the Inn at Spanish Head Resort Hotel with
penthouse dining (Fathoms Restaurant) and
120 oceanfront rooms with floor-to-ceiling
windows and unobstructed ocean views.
Nearby, charming Depoe Bay claims the
world’s smallest navigable harbor, offering
charter fishing, whale-watching excursions,
and the popular Blow Hole viewpoint.
Heading further south brings you to Newport,
home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, known
to be one of the top 10 aquariums in the
United States. While visiting Newport, you’ll
also enjoy the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and
the historic Bayfront with shopping, dining
and art galleries.