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Introducing Newport

Oregon's second-largest commercial port, Newport is a lively tourist city with several fine beaches and a world-class aquarium – in 2011 it will become the homeport of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Good restaurants – along with some tacky attractions, gift shops and barking sea lions – abound in the historic bay-front area, while bohemian Nye Beach offers art galleries and a friendly village atmosphere. The area was first explored in the 1860s by fishing crews who found oyster beds at the upper end of Yaquina Bay.