Otter Crest Scenic Viewpoint and Loop
The Otter Crest Loop is just a little loop you can take off Highway 101 along the Oregon Coast. When you are traveling from Lincoln City to Newport or the other way around there is a sign to turn off and follow the Otter Crest Loop. It will take you to a gorgeous view from 500ft above the ocean with views as far as the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
We stayed in a beach apartment for 1 week in Lincoln City in the month of July. On one of the days we drove to Newport for a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and on the way back we did the short loop of Highway 101 called the "Otter Crest Loop"...the views from the top are amazing.
You can find the signs along the road about halfway between Lincoln City and Newport. The loop takes you off Highway 101 and after a short drive it takes you right back on Highway 101. Definitely worth a stop if you are ever in this area! You are looking towards Newport from this viewpoint.
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A visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium
We visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium during our stay this summer at Lincoln City. The aquarium is located in Newport which is about 30-40 minutes driving from Lincoln City. There is lots too see with very interesting displays as well as interactive displays that are educational. There are several areas indoor with fish tanks full of different kinds of fish from all over the world including "Sandy Shores", "Rocky Shores", "Coastal Water" and the "Giant Pacific Octopus". The outside area includes the beautiful tufted puffin in the "Seabird Aviary", "Sea Otter", "Seals & Sea Lions", "Passage of the Deep", Turkey Vulture Habitat" and the "Aquarium Gardens". Of course there are some gift shops as well.
The coral reef area is so colourful with pretty fish and plants, so beautiful to see. The tufted puffins are fun to watch and we also enjoyed the seals swimming in the water as you can see them underwater and above the water.
We really thought the Passage of the Deep was amazing as you wonder through a glass tunnel to see sharks, bat rays, anchovy, mackerel and so much more. This is really something not to miss when you visit the aquarium, make sure you find it on your little map as we almost missed it! It's behind the seal & sea lions area.
It's not a cheap place to visit, but we thought it was well worth the money...especially if you have a good half a day to visit.
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Photograph People Enjoying the Beach
The beach at Lincoln City is popular, so there are many opportunities for the photgrapher to make images of people having a great time. Helps to provide scale to the ocean surf and beach. Caution: wind can drive spray, so be sure to use that lens cover and maybe a plastic baggie over the camera when not in use.
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