Discover Newport

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Know before you go

Route 20 construction will finally be wrapping up this fall. In the meantime, Newport is most definitely open for business.

Projected to be completed in October, a curvy, 10.5-mile section of Highway 20 will be straightened and reduced to 5.5 miles, cutting ten minutes off of the trip from the valley to the coast. The road will be safer, smoother, and easier to drive. At the crest of the Coast Range there will be passing lanes in both directions. So what does this mean for your summer travel to Newport? It just means that you need to do a little planning to avoid any delays. For the general schedule for planning your trip, click the link below.

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Come See (and Hear!) Newport’s Sea Lions

Have a close encounter with the kings of the bayfront

I can barely hear Bob Ward and Stan Pickens, co-chairs of the Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation, over the thunderous barking, howling and moaning. Are we in a haunted house? A dog kennel? No, it’s a warm, blue-sky fall morning in Newport, Ore., and we’re checking in with the rowdy sea lions that haul out on the bayfront’s sea lion docks. The docks, replaced in recent years thanks to the fundraising efforts of the foundation, are one of the premier attractions in this attraction-rich town.


Al Fresco Dining

Where to find the best picnic spots in Newport

Nothing says “summer’s here” like packing up a meal and taking it outdoors to dine. On vacation, picnics have many plus-sides: no need to wait in line for a table at a restaurant, the dress code is always “come as you are,” it’s easy on the wallet, and you get to experience more of the great outdoors. But all picnic spots are not created equal. A picnic at the beach can give new meaning to the word sandwich, for example, as the wind frequently picks up just in time for lunch. Here are some spots that are ideal for al fresco dining in Newport, no picnic blanket required.



Cool Pools

Poke around local tide pools and discover some of Newport’s hidden critters

Before moving to Oregon from the East Coast, I had a totally warped mental picture of Oregon’s beaches. The Pacific Northwest’s tide pools are so famous that I thought the entire coastline must be rocky, cratered with tide pools everywhere you looked. It wasn’t until I visited, and then moved here, that I realized that most of the beaches are sandy, and tide pools are special gems indeed.


Fun with Fido in Newport

Tips for keeping those tails wagging while visiting dog nirvana at the coast

Don’t you hate that look your dog gives you when you pack to go on vacation? You know the one. When the suitcases come out, so do the puppy dog eyes. “Can I come?” they plead.

If you’re heading to Newport, the answer should be a resounding “Yes! Go pack your collar and tennis ball!” Dogs are welcome in Newport, from hotels to beaches to (some) restaurants. Here’s how to keep your furry friend happy while you’re here.