Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Yachats

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Located 3 miles south of Yachats, this volcanic remnant was sighted and named by England's Captain James Cook in 1778. Famous for dramatic rock formations and crashing surf, the area contains numerous trails that ex…
Top Choice Aquarium in Newport

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The region's top attraction, this cutting-edge aquarium is especially fun if you have kids along. Marine celebrities include seals, sea otters and a giant octopus (or two), and there's an impressive deep-sea exhibit…
Top Choice Irish in Cannon Beach

Irish Table

Excellent restaurant hidden at the back of the Sleepy Monk coffee shop, serving a fusion of Irish and Pacific Northwest cuisine made with local and seasonal ingredients. The menu is small and simple, but the choices…
Top Choice Cafe in Nehalem & Wheeler

Rising Star Cafe

Just a handful of tables sit in this fine restaurant, which looks more like a greasy-spoon shack. The exquisitely prepared dishes will soon set you straight, however: there's San Francisco–style cioppino with roaste…
Top Choice Northwestern US in Florence

Waterfront Depot

This cozy, atmospheric joint is one of Florence's best restaurants. Come early to snag one of the few waterfront tables, then enjoy your jambalaya pasta or crab-encrusted halibut. There are excellent small plates, a…
Top Choice Northwestern US in Lincoln City

Blackfish Cafe

Blackfish Cafe specializes in cutting-edge cuisine highlighting fresh seafood and local, seasonal vegetables. Chef Rob Pounding is an accomplished master at creating his simple but delicious dishes; try his signatur…
Top Choice Seafood in Newport

Local Ocean Seafoods

Popular and with good reason – the food is freshly prepared and very tasty here. Try the crab po'boy sandwich, shrimp and spicy-noodle salad or pan-fried oysters. The wharf views are pretty, especially on warm days …
Top Choice American in Manzanita

Bread & Ocean

You'll have to line up for exceptional panini, pasta salads and baked goods at this small but excellent bakery-deli, a beloved local institution. Most meats are baked on the premises. The cute garden patio is a must…
Park in Cannon Beach

Ecola State Park

Located just north of town, Ecola State Park offers seclusion, various hikes and great picnicking. Short paths at Ecola Point lead over the headland to dramatic views of Cannon Beach's sandy shore, sharply punctuate…
Landmark in Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock is Cannon Beach's iconic symbol, a beautiful hulking monolith that rises 235ft and has had cameos in several movies. It's part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and home to a variety of se…