4925 NW Woody Way, Newport, Oregon, 97365, United States
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Travel Tips for Newport
This is Rogue Brewery. The wording on the tower reads:
Established 1988; Brewery; Pub; Family Dining; Gift Shop; Tours; Conference Center.
I didn't go in, so I can't tell you what it's like inside. I should imagine that it would be interesting, to say the least.
Dry Creek Falls
Sometimes it really pays to pick up those local brochures when you are traveling in unfamiliar territory especially if you do not have any kind of guide with you. Oregon's visitor centers were crammed with them and you just have to spend a few minutes to make sure you get the ones that best suit your interests. We picked up lots for camping and in so doing wound up finding some great hiking trails in places like National Forests we would have otherwise missed.
One great one just off the coast of Oregon was the Dry Creek Falls Trail. Located about 10 miles west of Lincoln, OR this lush green trail would be a treat even if it led nowhere in particular. The 3 mile round trip drops a few hundred feet highlighted by a traverse over Oregon's longest suspension bridge of 240 feet. Look down 100 feet to the Dry Creek and get your first glimpse of the 80 foot Dry Creek Falls. Don't stop there, continue down to the base of the falls and you will find locals enjoying the very fresh cold water plunging down.
This was one very well worthwhile detour from the coast and an obviously very local place to go. Head E on Drift Crk Rd from Lincoln City, OR and left on FR 17 for 10 miles.
It costs $5 to park unless you have a NW Forest Pass.
The Devil's Punchbowl State Park is a great stop off the main Highway 101. This hallowed out rock formation sits right in the Pacific with an opening that fills with incoming tides. Waves crash and in stormy weather create a bit of a whirlpool effect. There is a scenic overlook close to the parking area but if the tide is low, it is well worth hiking down to the beach and exploring tide-pools and the rocks that form the bowl. Wear sandals or be careful to not get your feet wet as there are many streams dissecting the beach.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Located 12 miles north of Florence this lighthouse can be visited by climbing the 1/2 mile hill to it's location. The trip is worth the climb just to see the long coast . Tours are provided and the house is a bed and breakfast if you prefer to stay. There is a road to the house.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Located about 4 miles north of Newport, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest on the Oregon coast. You can see this one for miles. When I was on the beach in Newport, I saw it emitting light in the distance. Unfortunately, you can not go into this lighthouse. It is a National Recreation Area. There is a $5 admission fee. The views here are worth the price of admission.
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