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Lincoln City, Oregon: Pacific Ocean Views and Beaches

Lincoln City is located on the central Oregon coast and is a popular beachside destination for urban residents and out of state visitors. Access to wide Pacific Ocean beaches, shopping and outdoor sports make this a popular vacation spot for families. Your vacation house, condo or cottage is likely to have amazing ocean views, a hot tub and internet access, and will gladly welcome your children and well-behaved pets.

Ocean Wildlife

The beautiful Pacific Ocean provides many opportunities for beachcombing, clamming, whale watching and deep sea fishing. Viewing stations may allow you to find seals lounging on the rocks near the water. An ocean tide table will help you to determine the best times for wildlife viewing or beachcombing, and keeping your binoculars close at hand will help you to spot breaching whales in the distance.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

A 30-minute drive south to the town of Newport will bring you to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where you can view sharks, sea otters, seabirds, jellyfish and other educational exhibits. This modern aquarium has a glass tunnel that allows you to walk through the middle of a large aquarium, and there are a wide variety of educational programs for children and families.

Arts and Shopping

Lincoln City is one of the largest cities on the Oregon Coast, and it has a healthy shopping district with art galleries, boutiques, and larger chain stores. The factory outlet mall is a very popular destination for tourists to find bargains on name-brand merchandise of many types. Glass blowing is a celebrated art in Lincoln City, with glass art for purchase and artisan demonstrations for an educational look at the process of glass art making.

Chinook Winds Casino

The Chinook Winds Casino is owned by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and it offers slot machines and card games along with a variety of dining opportunities. The casino also features famous headliner classic rock and country music acts, with well-known artists regularly taking the stage of the casino’s large theater. Comedy shows and other events are available year round as well.

Fly A Kite

The beaches in Lincoln City are broad and sandy, and they provide a large, open space to fly a kite. Most days at the Oregon coast cooperate with a strong wind that will keep a kite aloft for hours. Bring your own kite or shop for one at one of the many small boutique stores in Lincoln City that sell gifts and kites. It’s a wonderful way to explore the beach and feel the power of the ocean breezes.

Weather

Lincoln City enjoys cool, comfortable weather all year long. It is very rare for freezing temperatures to occur in the winter, but there will be plenty of rain and wind. Warm clothes and a waterproof, windproof jacket are a must during a wintertime vacation. The summers are warm - but never hot. You can enjoy moderate temperatures and soft, salty ocean breezes that are typically free of bugs such as mosquitos.

How to Get There

Driving a private or rental car is the best way to get to Lincoln City. Commercial airline travel is available to Portland, Oregon, which is a two-hour drive away. The drive is a pleasant one most times of the year, but it requires a trip over the Coastal mountain range which can be icy in the winter. Rental cars are available in Lincoln City as is commercial bus service.

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