Top 5 Day Trips from Depoe Bay

Day trips along the Oregon Coast are some of the best ways to explore this beautiful state. Make Depoe Bay your resting spot and enjoy a luxurious stay at Whale Cove Inn and explore some of the best cities and towns along the Oregon Coast.

1. Cannon Beach

While this may be a bit of a long day trip, the two-hour drive north to Cannon Beach is worth the few extra hours in the car. With four miles of sandy beaches, Cannon Beach offers a spacious beach area for viewing local surfers, encountering marine wildlife, and pristine views of the ocean. After exploring the shoreline, head into town and take a stroll through tiny streets speckled with art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops.

Must See:

  • For a different perspective, head out to Ecola State Park, where trails offer sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding lighthouses.
  • While hard to miss, make sure to sneak a peek at the highly photographed Haystack Rock, a 235-foot sea stack off the coastline.
  • As you make your way up to Cannon Beach be sure to stop and admire the waterfalls at Hug Point State Recreation Site

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2. Lincoln Beach/City

So close you could practically walk there, Lincoln Beach is about a 10-minute drive from Depoe Bay that offers beautiful Oregon Coast scenery unlike any other. With seven miles of smooth sandy beaches, there is a lot to discover.

Must Do:

  • Devil’s Lake, which is home to the “world’s shortest river”, is a 685-acre lake that is a hub for outdoor recreational activities and an excellent alternative for those who do not want to take a dip in the ocean.
  • If heading out during the months of October through May, take part in their Finders Keepers event, where locals and tourists can hunt for the buried treasure of glass floats that are dropped along the beach.
  • Hike the city’s many open spaces, such as Spyglass Ridge Open Space and Agnes Creek Open Space

Where to Eat:

  • For a classic fish and chips meal head out to J’s Fish and Chips, where fried seafood is perfected. Or if you are looking for more salads and seafood, Wildflower Grill is your spot.

3. Newport

Newport is an Oregon Coast town that offers numerous popular attractions. Packed with lighthouses, museums, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, this might be a town worth making a second-day trip to.

Must See:

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of the main attractions in Newport and Oregon’s center for marine life education.
  • Head out to Yaquina Bay to catch a view of the Yaquina Lighthouse, Oregon’s last remaining historic wooden lighthouse.
  • Bring out your wallets and shop ‘til you drop along the Bayfront at Historic Nye Beach.

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4. Waldport

This might be a town you would accidentally skip over but we think it’s worth the visit. Only a little over a half hour drive from Depoe Bay sits the quiet little town of Waldport, a place where you can truly get away from it all.

Must See:

  • Alsea Bay Bridge is one of the top sites to see and to learn about the local history of the town.
  • Enjoy the many parks this town has to offer, Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site and Beachside State Recreation Area.
  • Honor your sweet tooth and try some salt water taffy or hand-made chocolates at The Chocolate Frog.

Where to Eat:

  • Spend your lazy afternoon at the Lazy Dayz Café or make a quick lunch stop at the Chubby’s food truck for a classic burger and fries.

5. Tillamook

A little over an hour North of Depoe Bay sits a cheese-lovers dream, the Dairylands, where you can visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory. From tasty cheeses, museums and outdoor adventures, Tillamook offers the perfect day trip itinerary.

Must See:

  • When you visit the town of Tillamook, a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory is a must. See how their cheese is made and taste for yourself why they are one of the top cheesemakers in the country.
  • Explore new heights at the Tillamook Air Museum that showcases one of the nation’s last remaining World War II blimp hangars.
  • Head outdoors and kayak the many rivers and streams within the coastline of Tillamook.

Where to Eat:

Start your day trip off right when you book with Whale Cove Inn and enjoy our homemade breakfast to help get you started for you day adventure along the Oregon Coast.


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