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Day Trips from Lincoln City?

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Day Trips from Lincoln City?

We are considering renting a house in Linoln City for a week in August. We'd like to take several day trips during the week to see mountains, lakes and waterfalls. Are the following doable day trips?

1. Columbia Gorge, Mt. Baker, Timberline Lodge

2. Crater Lake

3. Cascades - For example, Rt 20 to Sisters. Then loop back on Rt 242, then north on Rt 126 back to Rt 20.

4. How far south on the coast would be a doable day trip from Lincoln City? I'd really like to see the large sea stacks from the shore, but I'm pretty sure these are south of Bandon. Any sea stacks in the Lincoln City area? How would you compare/constrast the coast in the Lincoln City area vs. south of Bandon?

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1. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

You can easily make all the places listed, except Crater Lake, on a day trip. Lincoln City to Crater Lake would be 6+ hr drive, probably closer to 7 hrs. All the others are 4 hrs or less.

There are sea stacks up and down the Oregon Coast, but none compare with those from Port Orford, south.

As far as comparisons, Lincoln City is basically one long beach with headlands on either end. From about Yachats south, there are more of what are known as "pocket beaches". These are smaller beaches broken up by either headlands, as at Lincoln City, or rocky basalt out croppings (ancient lava flows). These beaches can be anywhere from a few feet to a few miles long. With the exception of the area from Florence to Coos Bay (The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area), this is the norm on the central and south coasts. I find this region to be more interesting from an asthetic standpoint. There area also fewer people (residients and tourist) once you get south of Newport.

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2. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

Most of the places you list would be looooooong day trips, involving more time getting there and back than you could spend at the destinations. I agree that the coastal attractions should be your first priority...from the Dunes north thru Florence, Yachats, Newport, etc.

Lots to see and do.

Going inland, you should consider Silver Falls State Park east of Salem and its wonderful waterfalls trail; and the drive east on 126 along the Siuslaw River, thru Eugene/Springfield and up the McKenzie to Sahalie Falls and Clear Lake and then back via 20.

Old McKenzie Hwy (#242) is certainly a wonderful drive, but it's a slow, winding route (open only a few summer months of the year) with advised stops to take in breathtaking vistas, the lava beds and the Dee Wright Observatory. It's not just a road you can "loop back on." From Eugene, it's a nice day trip via 242 to Sisters and back on 126. From Lincoln City, it's a very long day, one that will have you returning with a lot of driver fatigue.

You should also know you don't have to go all the way to the Cascades for waterfalls. The Coast Range has lots of waterfalls (Kentucky Falls & Sweet Creek Falls, for example, are wonderful).

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3. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

Agree with others that items 1(assuming you mean Mt. Hood- Mt. Baker is in Northern Washington) & 3 would be looong day trips and Crater Lake is not possible.

Of course they would be worth it if you aren't planning on being back here for awhile, but just to let you know that you'd be spending about 4 hours driving on 2 lane roads(no stops) from LC to Sisters-option 3- and you will want to stop a few times. And then 4 hours back-

How far south you can get on the coast from LC depends on how much you want to stop!!! :)

Note that between Florence and Coos Bay Hwy 101 goes inland on the east side of the Oregon Dunes so you can;t really see the ocean or easy access to the beach. Although there are some neat dune and lake ecosystems to explore.

As far as LC vs. area south of Bandon-assuming you mean the coastline views, but also consider that there are far less tourist amenities south of Newport if that is of concern to you.

The 'best' views on the south coast don't really start until south of Port Orford for me-about .5hour south of Bandon

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4. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

Hello ~ I completely agree with this statement:

>> Most of the places you list would be looooooong day trips, involving more time getting there and back than you could spend at the destinations.<<

I live on the coast about 40 miles south of Lincoln City, and we always say that we live two hours from anywhere! In my opinion, none of your ideas is really do-able in a day. It would be a lot of driving, as most of them are four hours one-way. And please keep in mind that these are all two lane roads and the traffic in August is the absolute *worst* of the entire year. The road from the Portland/Salem areas (Hwys 18 & 22) will be very congested, particularly Thurs through Sun.

Silver Creek Falls is possible for a day trip; it's about 1.5 to 2 hours from L.City. There are gorgeous waterfalls and large areas of older forest.

Heading south on the coast will also take time, as there is only two lane road for the most part, (Hwy 101) and lots more of that irritating traffic again! There are some sea stacks at Bandon, and the rest are south of Bandon; actually they are south of Port Orford, which itself is about 30 miles south of Bandon. On a good day *without* the summer traffic, Port Orford is about 3.5 hours driving from L.City.

There are some lakes around the Florence area, and another one just south of Reedsport on the coast.

L.City itself is not the most attractive location. The beach is long and flat, and the town stretches out in a long narrow band for about 6-8 miles. It has lots of traffic and congestion all the time. If you want tons of natural beauty, a rental on the north coast or south coast may suit you better.The north is more expensive and has lots more people, since it's only a short distance to Portland. The south has less people and fewer tourist attractions, but there are plenty of accomodation choices. But is much farther to other sights such as any lakes, mountains or waterfalls.

Hoped this helped :-)

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5. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

How about starting with these questions...

Why a week in one place?

Why did you choose Lincoln City?

Are you flying into Portland or is this part of a longer drive as you name suggests? If this, where are you departing from?

With a week, we could plot a route that provides the maximum scenery, hopefully minimizing the driving. If coming through Portland, could include the Gorge, Mt. Hood (as noted, not Mt. Baker) and Timberline Lodge. This might suffice for seeing the Cascades.

The OR coast is really quite beautiful and varied and, if taken in its entirety southbound, could incorporate the Redwoods in northern CA.

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6. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

Good points, voyaging ..... we'll wait and see what NewMex has in mind for a visit!

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7. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I did mean Mt Hood, not Mt Baker.

The trip will inherently be a compromise. We are meeting up with relatives who are nostalgic for vacations spent in Lincoln City 35 - 40 yrs ago when they were children. My impression from guidebooks and confirmed by your feedback is that the Lincoln City from their past doesn't match up with the present reality. The majority of the group wants to unpack once, and be done with it. But if we can sway them away from Lincoln City, where would you recommend we stay assuming we stay along the coast?

Given that day trips to the highlights I mentioned don't seem feasible, sounds like some of us may spend a portion of the week on the coast with the rest of the group, then head off for a loop of other things (including overnight stays) prior to returning to the coast. I'll spend some time with Mapquest to rough out an itinerary for this once we firm up where the main group will be staying.

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8. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

Ah, that makes it clearer!

No, I dare say L.City does not bear a shred of resemblance to 40 years ago. I've lived nearby almost 20 years, and it has changed (read grown) a lot in that time frame.

If your relatives are looking for a small coastal town that has not been taken over by mass building and congestion, Yachats comes to mind, as well as Waldport. They are about an hour south of L.City. Both are small -- Yachats is much more upscale-resort type of town; Waldport is a working town with good crabbing off the local dock and a nice bay. Waldport has a town that is off Hwy 101, Yachats does not. Both are an easy 25-35 minute straight drive to Newport for shopping, lighthouses, the aquarium, and other tourist sights.

North of L.City, *maybe* Pacific City (although there are many, many pricey new homes there), Manzanita (although there is a fair amount of new-agey crystal gazers there now). Maybe Garibaldi or Wheeler? Both are pretty small and more old-fashioned.

This site will give you thumbnail sketches of the towns above:

www.101milebymile.com

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9. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

I agree. Yachats would be a good location. In addition to the motels/hotels/cabins in the area, you might find homes to rent that would give you more space to move around and the freedom to make some of your own meals (if that's something you want to do).

Be careful with Mapquest or Google maps. They often show you how to get from point A to point B by "short cuts" via forest service roads. These can be very difficult (and timewise much longer than major roads) even in the summer; and deadly and impassable in the winter.

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10. Re: Day Trips from Lincoln City?

Newport offers a variety of things to see, to do, and services, including Old Town on the water, state parks, a fine Aquarium, the OSU marine science center, theater, and much more worth exploring. I don't disagree about Yachats, it's just that you are in a compromising situation (and you are a "proper Bostonian" LOL), and might wish to provide variety for the group members. With a week, people can go their own way, including a visit to Lincoln City (which does have an old town on the water). The coast is so beautiful, and the days are so long in August, you really could take a few long day trips and see the entire coast, including the north coast, Cannon Beach, et al. You will find OR does it right, with many established view points that'll blow you away.

If you drove north straight through, with stops only to see the towns, you could plan a leisurely drive south with safer/easier pullouts at the view points, as they will be on your right/west, side.

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