If the Oregon Coast is calling your family for a spring road trip, Newport is a good answer. Just two and a half hours from Portland, this friendly fishing town of 10,000 is rich in ways to enjoy the wild creatures of the Pacific Ocean. Strolling along the waterfront, you’ll hear the raucous barking of the sea lions before you see them lolling about on the sunny docks. Stand above and watch them roll their plump, sleek bodies into the water. A visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium will bring you face to face with myriad wildlife from seabirds and seals to sharks and rays. Search for great grey whales on their northward spring migration with Marine Discovery Tours. Spend an afternoon exploring the rich tidepools of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area — home to colorful sea stars, bright sea anemones and scuttling crabs. And when all this wild discovery works up your appetite, stop in at Local Ocean Seafoods, a restaurant and fish market with the freshest catch of the day.
March 4, 2014 (Updated November 14, 2016)