Newport, OR Travel Guide

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Sea life, seafood and sea air: This spot on the Oregon Coast is a working port town with a lot of quaint beach-town personality. Newport boasts of being the Dungeness crab capital of the world, but started as an oyster town in the 1800s. Both features may help explain why you can see so many well-fed sea lions in its Yaquina Bay. Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has set up offices here for its Pacific-based Marine Operations Center. When you visit Newport, it’s still easy to find that Victorian beach town charm—like the village of Nye Beach with its art galleries, shops and ice cream parlors. Read more in this Newport travel guide to chart your course in this charming seaside town.

Things Not to Miss in Newport

• Watch the sea lions in Yaquina Bay
 • Harvest razor clams on the beaches
 • Visit the two lighthouses, the Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head
 • See otters, sharks, tufted puffins and more at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
 • Visit the octopus at the Hatfield Marine Science Center
 • Go on a Whale Watching or Deep-Sea Fishing Tour

When to Go to Newport

The peak Newport travel season is during the spring and summer months, to make the most of the mild coastal weather. Don’t assume you shouldn’t travel to Newport in the fall, however: you might score nice Indian summer temperatures.

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