Lincoln City Landmarks - the Subtle Central Oregon Coast
Lincoln City, Neskowin Oregon Coast Virtual Tour


(Lincoln City, Oregon) – It's a relative late-comer, as far as Oregon coast towns go. Lincoln City didn't exist before 1964; before then it was simply a long stretch of sandy beach north of Depoe Bay dotted by several smaller villages, with names like Wecoma, Taft and Nelscott, among others.

Now it's several miles of pristine beaches and some major shopping opportunities, along with all the conveniences of the modern world you could ever want – often just steps from this still somewhat wild, sandy stretch.

At the southern end sits the Taft area, with its centerpoint being the Siletz Bay. At low tides, massive mud flats become visible, looking a bit like a lost world. The set of seastacks at its eastern end also provide plenty of atmosphere, as well as photographic opportunities.

During most the time, however, it’s the beach here that’s the real attraction, calmer along this area facing the bay than just around the corner, where the waves can get a little crazy in stormy periods. Still, this spot is no shirker to enormous tidal action, either. It’s smothered in massive logs that could only have arrived here via even much bigger waves.

A soaring cliff mostly occupies the area north of here, only allowing access from the famed Inn at Spanish Head resort complex until you get to SW 35th Street. This is a bit of a hidden access, but a beautiful one.

Here begins the Nelscott district with a few miles of – again – gorgeous beaches. Cliffs again block access for a while, but provide plenty of interesting stuff to look at, like huge homes and their sprawling, spiraling beach access stairways.

A bit further north is the center of town – the D River access. This is one of the most popular parts of Lincoln City, partially because of the D River and the way it disappears at certain low tides. There are also telescopes at the wayside.

Just north of there, find the backroads behind the hotels and you’ll discover some engaging hidden beach accesses, or simply keep walking north from the D River area.

Up north a tad is the NW 15th access, where a ramp allows some driving access on the beach. Many interesting objects appear here at low tide, and especially at low sand level events.

Another intriguing set of landmarks happens at the north end, at streets like NW 26th, the Grace Hammond Park access or the bottom of NW 21st (where the Sea Horse Motel sits). Two of them have long, winding stairways going to the bottom, and plenty of cool stuff to explore once there.

At one point, a set of basalt rocks juts out, causing the surf to pull some mighty and colorful stunts.

After a set of hidden beach accesses near streets like NW 50th and so on, you come to the extreme northern end of Lincoln City and the Road’s End State Recreational Site.

A sizable parking lots sits next to a small, circular one, both of which are often crammed full of people in the summer, often flying kites. The beach then wanders below a rising cliff area, which eventually comes to the final dead-end of the town’s strand, where Wizard Rock resides along with a cluster of tidepools and even a secret sea cave.
To Previous Stop
Clifftop Drive
To Next Stop
Long, Long Stairways

Oregon Coast Lodging
find a place to stay

Oregon Coast Dining

Lincoln City Lodging, Hotels, Motels

Lincoln City Dining, Restaurants


Lincoln City, Oregon Weather

Oregon Coast Events

Lincoln City Events

Oregon Coast Travel News

Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals


Complete Guide: Lincoln City

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Us

Lincoln City, Oregon Lodging, Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, Inns, Vacation Rentals

Lincoln City, Oregon, Lodging, Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, Inns, Vacation Re...
Find places to stay in Lincoln City, Oregon; places to eat, dine in Lincoln City

A1 Beach Rentals
craftsman structures, traditional beachfront homes or oceanview houses
Brey House Ocean View Bed and Breakfast Inn
Cape Cod-style lodging BnB overlooking beach
Coho Oceanfront Lodge
Luxury hotel, Jacuzzi, sauna, indoor heated pool
D Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City
Every room beachfront, balconies, gas fireplaces
Edgecliff Motel, Lincoln City
Oceanfront atop cliff, suites, Jacuzzis, kitchens
Ester Lee Motel, Lincoln City
Spectacular oceanfront views, all unique rooms or cottages
Inn At Spanish Head
Overlooking the beach, various upscale but affordable amenities
Keystone Vacation Rentals
Oceanfront vacation rental condos in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay
Inn At Wecoma
Modern sleek design, partial ocean views
Oregon Beach Vacations
Over 200 homes on the coast, including Seaside, C Beach, Manzanita and more
Liberty Inn
Timeless classic at the north end of Lincoln City
Looking Glass Inn
Upscale Cape Cod-style inn, just steps away from beach
Nordic Oceanfront Inn
Oceanfront, Jacuzzis, kitchens, gas fireplaces
Oregon Beach House Rentals
Homes in Lincoln City's Road's End area, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay, Newport's Nye Beach
Ocean Terrace Condominiums
Luxury condo-style rooms overlook ocean
Pelican Shores Inn
Upscale: every room a fabulous view of the rolling surf
Salishan Resort and Spa, Lincoln City, Gleneden Beach Hotel, Lodging
Upscale, full-service luxury hotel, spacious rooms, spa and golf course
Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging
Oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites to romantic suites
The Shearwater Inn, Lincoln City
Wonderful ocean view hotel heart of downtown Lincoln City, spacious rooms and suites
Whistling Winds Motel
Restored 1930's motor coach motetl covered in polished wood