26 THE PORTLAND GUIDE | Discover Oregon 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
Continuing further along Hwy 101,
Lincoln City, with 7.5 miles of beach, attracts
avid treasure-seekers, 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.
Haceta Head Lighthouse
You’ll also run across the Inn at Spanish Head
Resort Hotel with penthouse dining (Fathoms
Restaurant) and 120 oceanfront rooms with floorto
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.
Further down on Hwy 101 brings you to the
southern Oregon Coast to enjoy stunning
waterfront views, pristine beaches and rolling
sand dunes. Golfers will invariably be drawn to
world-famous Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes and
Bandon Trails golf courses.
From north to south, Oregon’s coast is an
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