Lincoln City Travel Guide

Lincoln City boasts more than seven miles of sandy beach along the central Oregon coast yet remains known as one of the region’s least attractive towns. Labeled the ‘Kite Capital of the World‘ for hosting two world-famous kite festivals annually, this cramped and congested resort town is not the best place to experience Oregon’s natural treasures.

The recreational opportunities of Lincoln City change with the seasons, but visitors are assured there is always plenty to see and do, regardless of the time of year. The area boasts excellent spots for whale watching, taking in sunsets, beachcombing and tide pool exploration as well as more active pursuits such as beach hiking, surfing and windsurfing. Yet despite 15 public beaches, the five dreary beach towns that make up Lincoln City are best skipped for Newport.

However, there are some natural attractions worth sticking around for. Devil’s Lake is not very deep, seldom reaching depths of more than 20ft, but is rich in terms of local folklore. The three-mile long lake boasts nine species of fresh-water fish and is popular with fishing enthusiasts, boaters, and jet-skiers.


North Lincoln County Historical Museum: founded in 1987, this museum is now permanently housed in a 60-year old building and features exhibits on the country’s history, a research library and a shop.

Connie Hansen Garden: was developed over the 20-year period from 1973 to 1993 by Constance P. Hansen, an enthusiastic gardener, collector, and artist. On her death, a conservancy was established to maintain the garden for the benefit of future visitors.

D River: reputed to be the shortest river in the world, it flows for only 120ft from Devil’s lake to the Pacific Ocean. There’s a riverside park adjacent to the highway with ready access to a busy and windy beach. This beach is the site for two popular kite festivals held in spring and fall.