There are a few different ways that you can arrive in Newport, and here are the three main ones that any tourist should know about.
Coming from the Northern Oregon Coast, just take Hwy 101 until you run right on into it.
Coming from the Southern Oregon Coast, just take Hwy 101 until you run right on into it.
If you are coming from either direction on Interstate 5, take the exit marked ORE 34. It will be accompanied by signs such as "Corvallis" and "Oregon State University". Upon taking this exit, follow Hwy 34 towards Corvallis until you see signs for HWY 20, proceeded by signs such as "Oregon Coast" and "Philomath". Once you get on HWY 20, all you do is follow it right through Philomath and all the way to Newport. It is a beautiful drive and it takes you through a few really quaint little towns such as Blodgett, Eddyville, and even parts of Toledo.
When it comes to getting around in Newport, it all depends on the weather. The temperature varies a bit from season to season, but it pretty much stays between 50 and 70 degrees throughout the whole year. When the rain holds off, walking and biking are huge modes of transportation, and they sure do save you some money too. HWY 101 would have to be the easiest way of getting just about anywhere in Newport that you wanted to go. If you take it to the South side of town, it will take you across the bridge to our famous Aquarium and Rogue Brewery. However, if you choose to see the light house or the bayfront, right before you cross the Newport Bridge, HWY 101 will also give you the opportunity to hook to the right and follow the signs that will lead you to the two destinations. All of the grocery stores and convenience stores are mainly located on HWY 101 as well, along with a few pretty good restaurants. A few other streets to look for while you're in Newport are:
Ocean Dr.: This street will take you along the northern part of Newport's Coast. While on it you will located a number of very nice hotels to choose from, along with one of Newport's most famous restaurants, "Georgie's Bar and Grill", towards the northern end of it.
Eads St.: This street you will find yourself passing if you are coming into town from HWY 20. It is a rather short street, but will give you a nice idea of what our neighborhoods are like, along with presenting to you Newport's high school.
Bayfront Dr.: The name of the street says it all, but in case you have never heard of Newport's Bayfront, this road will take you right along it, showing off all of Newport's unique and enjoyable antique and entertainment shops. You will find certain attractions such as "Ripley's Believe It or Not" and "Wax Works" on this street as well.
Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, 541-867-3474, . After Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend 10AM-5PM daily. Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend 9AM-6PM daily. Adults $13.25, Seniors: (65+),$11.25, Youth: (3-12) $7.75, under 3 free. One of Newport's most famous attractions! Located in South Beach, right across the Newport Bridge on the southern side. It has it all folks! From sharks and exotic fishes to sea turtles and native birds, if you haven't visited this special place, you should put it high on your priorities list of things to do while visiting.
Ripley's Believe It or Not. Located on Newport's Bayfront, this fun tourist attraction will shock and amaze you, along with expanding your realm of what is possible for the human race to accomplish. Tons of incredible facts and "did you know" type visuals will keep you entertained your whole way through the maze. The only scary thing is, it's all true!
Rogue Brewery, 2320 OSU Drive, . Our very own hometown brewery, located in South Beach right next to the Aquarium. This is a must visit attraction for anyone who is a fan of beer. Recommended beers:
. Shakespeare Stout
. Russian Imperial Stout
. Morimoto Soba
. Hazelnut Brown Nectar
And don't you think that there is nothing for the youngsters to do while visiting. The brewery has an incredible gift shop and restaurant to keep every age entertained!
Wax Works. Located on Newport's Bayfront, right next to "Ripley's Believe It Or Not", this cool attraction will amaze anyone who appreciates amazing art. This attraction will take you through exhibits that will show you what some people are capable of doing with wax and a sculptor. You won't believe that they're man made, but just remember this, anything is possible with time.
Gino's Seafood & Deli, 808 SW Bay Blvd, (541) 265-2424. Offers the best fish & chips (or oysters, or shrimp, or many other choices) in town. Portions are generous, atmosphere is informal. Gino's sits across the street from an incredibly odd and depressing maritime-themed mural. Check it out while you eat.
Georgie's Bar & Grill, 744 SW Elizabeth Street, (541) 265-9800. An amazing view of Newport's Coastline, along with some of the best seafood and steaks in town! Recommended dishes:
. Spicy Ahi Tuna
. Diablo Pasta
. Cobb Salad
. Venison Chili
Sada's Japanese Cuisine, 250 SW Bay Blvd, (541) 574-8890. You can't beat fresh sushi! The fish comes right off the docks and is served beautifully. Don't be disappointed if you have to wait a bit, it's all worth it when you taste it! A few specialty rolls to check out are:
. Kiska Roll
. Sada Roll
. New York Roll
. ER Roll
. Hawaiian Roll
Kum Yon's Chinese Cuisine, 1006 SW Coast Hwy, (541) 265-5330. Great atmosphere, easy to find, and even better dishes. This local chinese restaurant has an incredibly large menu to choose from, and even includes a few delicious sushi options. Some definite must tries are:
. Mongolian Beef
. General's Chicken
. Tako Sashimi
. Black Peppered Shrimp
Canyon Way Cafe, 1216 SW Canyon Way, (541) 265-8319. A cute and comfy little cafe that is absolutely wonderful to stop in for a quick lunch. Their sandwhiches are of top quality and they aren't to shabby at baking delicious pastries and other treats of the sort. A few favorites:
. Triple Fudge Brownie
. The Gobbler Sandwhich
. The Mediteranean Muncher
. Cranberry Coffee Cake
Rogue Brewery, 2320 OSU Drive (541) 867-3660.
Rogue Public House, 748 SW Bay Blvd, (541) 265-3188.
Georgie's Bar and Grill, 744 SW Elizabeth Street, (541) 265-9800.
Appolo's, 836 SW Bay Blvd, (541) 265-9307.
Starfish Bar and Grill, 3019 North Coast Hwy, (541) 265-9411.
Here are just a few of the MANY hotels that are available in Newport, OR.
Best Western - Agate Beach Inn, 3019 North Coast Hwy, (541) 265-9411.
Inn at Otter Crest, (541) 265-9400.
Shilo Inn, 536 SW Elizabeth Street, (541) 265-7701.
Elizabeth Inn, 232 SW Elizabeth Street, (541) 265-9400.
Embarcadero Resort Hotel, 1000 SE Bay Blvd, (541) 265-8521.
Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth Street, (541) 265-2600.
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