Get Outside in Pacific City

The stretch of the Oregon Coast due west of McMinnville feels especially wild, a jumble of high capes, sandy spits and rivers flowing into protected bays. Even US-101 has to curve inland here. That leaves Pacific City off the beaten path, a slightly sleepy beachfront town where sand drifts across parking lots and fishing dories surf… More
: Justin Bailie

Pacific City

Pacific City might be off the beaten path, but it’s worth the detour.

Sitting on the edge of the Three Capes Scenic Drive, with the stunning Cape Kiwanda as its headland, Pacific City is a peaceful beachfront town offering plenty of outdoor pursuits. Thanks to a natural breakwater, Pacific City’s beach is a favorite spot for surfers and anglers. It’s also the birthplace of Pelican Brewery, located right next to the sand.

Trip Ideas

  • Three Capes Scenic Drive
    Take a deep breath and savor this week's "Grant's Getaway" along the Three Capes Scenic Drive where you will enjoy three state parks for the price of one 40-mile drive. The Three Capes Scenic Drive... More
  • Finding Peace in Pacific City
    I’ve lived in Oregon my entire life — born and raised in Salem, the humble capital city nestled in the lush Willamette Valley. While there are plenty of notable sights to be discovered in this opulent... More
  • Surf and Golf the Oregon Coast
    When you need to escape the ordinary, the 363-mile stretch we call The People’s Coast is the picture-perfect place to do it. It’s a place where you can surf the crashing waves in Pacific City,... More
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Where would you recommend to stay: Lincoln City or Pacific City?

If you want a more scenic coastal setting, choose Pacific City. If you want more tourism attractions and hospitality options, choose Lincoln City. Pacific City is a small town and is picturesque with the beach overlooking Cape Kiwanda and the offshore Haystack Rock. It has limited lodging choices. The go-to place is the Inn at…

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